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No Secrets Here Tops Qualifiers To All American Futurity


August 18, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 17, 2006) — No Secrets Here gave trainer Paul Jones and jockey Cody Jensen an opportunity for a second consecutive victory in the Grade 1 All American Futurity after setting the fastest qualifying time from 17 trials to the $2,050,000 race on Thursday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Jones and Jensen won the 2005 running of the All American Futurity with Teller Cartel, who broke his maiden with the win and was named 2005 champion 2-year-old colt.

The horses with the 10 fastest times from 162 trial entrants qualified to race for the $1-million first-place check in the All American Futurity on Labor Day, closing day of the 60th anniversary season at the mountain track.

No Secrets Here, owned by the Vessels Stallion Farm and Benny Rossett, won the seventh trial in :21.044 for 440 yards over a sloppy track to set the fastest time. Also qualifying from seventh trial were Mightys First Call, Genuine Botticelli and First Freeze.

The eighth trial was also a very productive race with three qualifiers, Dont Let Down, Remember Me Rose and My First Passion.

No Secrets Here made his Ruidoso Downs debut in the trials after finishing third in the Grade 1, $1 million Ed Burke Million at Los Alamitos on June 24. He was then shipped to Ruidoso Downs in mid-July to prepare for the All American Futurity trials.

“Actually, he wasn’t getting a hold of the track,” said Jensen. “I was surprised he went that fast. I had to keep picking him up and couldn’t let him go.”

The undefeated Okey Dokey Fantasy raised his record to eight wins from eight starts by winning the ninth trial in :21.312, the 10th-fastest qualifying time.

The John Boegner-trained colt is after his third Grade 1-futurity win after finishing in a dead heat for the win in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity and winning the Manor Downs Futurity. He also won the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity.

Okey Dokey Fantasy was the only supplemental nominee from the five supplemental nominees to qualify for the All American finals.

Robert and Del Rae Driggers’ Gun Battle, trained by Fred Danley, set the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.107 and led two New Mexico-breds into the finals. Mightys First Call, the other New Mexico-bred finalist, set the third-fastest qualifying time of :21.194 while finishing second to No Secrets Here.

“He did it all by himself. I just steered him down there,” said jockey Esgar Ramirez.

Gun Battle has been a force in the New Mexico-bred ranks with a win in the Zia Futurity in his start before the All American trials and setting the fastest qualifying time to the Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity.

Trainers John Buchanan and Heath Taylor each saddled two horses to qualify for the All American Futurity. Buchanan sent out Genuine Botticelli and Dont Let Down. Taylor, who had three finalists in the 2005 running, will be represented by My First Passion and First Freeze.

The 10 qualifiers and their qualifying times are No Secrets Here (:21.044), Gun Battle (:21.107), Mightys First Call (:21.194), Genuine Botticelli (21.216), Separate Bet (:21.221), Dont Let Down (:21.227), Remember Me Rose (:21.285), My First Passion (:21.301), First Freeze (:21.311) and Okey Dokey Fantasy (:21.312).

Ruidoso Downs’ first post time on Friday is 12 p.m. The program features track-record holder and two-time Ruidoso Downs’ derby winner Strawkins racing in the fifth of five trials to the Grade 1, $390,000 All American Derby.