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The Chase for $1 Million - 2004 Al American Futurity (G1) field is set


September 2, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

AQHA, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 31 – The countdown to the 2004 All American Futurity is well underway, and this year’s race is sure to be a crowd pleaser. American Quarter Horse racing’s richest race, held at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso Race Track and Casino in New Mexico, has hosted some of the most talented competitors since its first running in 1959.

The $2 million All American Futurity will be held on September 6, where one horse will earn its place in the history books and take home $1 million. American Quarter Horse racing’s crown jewel was the first $1 million race for any breed in the industry. Ran in 1978, Moon Lark was the first horse to claim the title worth $1 million.

This year, 21 qualifying All American trials began with 206 horses. The field was narrowed to the top-10 fastest times for the Futurity. From overcoming hardships on the road to the All American and horses somewhat unknown, to horses trained by some of the industry’s best, each qualifier in this year’s line-up has a story.

Visit http://www.aqha.com/racing/latest/allamerican/index.html#aaf for each horse’s profile.

2004 Qualifiers, Owner, Trainer
Corona Ease, P.K. Thomas, Jerry Lazenby
Lasting Episode, Sandra Erwin, Jose Dominguez
Devons Signature, The Girls, Paul Jones
Mighty Invictus, You And Me Partners, Jack Brooks
DM Shicago, Don Moler and Fredda Draper, Carl Draper
Ojo Loca, Danny A. Miller, Brian Muse
Have A Coronary, Hal Earnhardt III, John Bassett
Separate Secrets, Dutch Masters III, Jamie Gomez
Jess Satin, Billy G. Smith, Mike Joiner, Downtime Enterprises LLC and SW Paving
Take Off Jess, Jimmy Harrel and Joe Peacock, Jack Brooks

If you’re unable to attend the heart-pounding events this week, you can catch all of the action on television. A total of 49.7 million households will have the opportunity to watch the All American Futurity live or tape-delayed from TVG or Fox Sports Regions. This is the final program on TVG’s Ford Race to the All American.

TVG – All American Derby, Live September 5
TVG – All American Futurity, Live, September 6, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST
Fox Sports Regions – Southwest, South, Net 2 (West Coast), New York and Sunshine (Florida, tape-delay)
OLN – “America’s Horse,” September 12 and 26 – 6 p.m. EST

Visit www.aqha.com for daily updates throughout the event. Coverage of the race is brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal. Read the complete story of the 2004 All American winner in the October issue.