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No Secrets Here gives Jones, Jensen second straight All American victory


September 5, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ruidoso Downs, NM (Sept. 4, 2006) — Four-time defending national training champion Paul Jones and jockey Cody Jensen combined for their second straight win in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity when No Secrets Here scored a stakes-record win on Monday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Jones and Jensen won the 2005 running with champion Teller Cartel, who broke his maiden with his All American Futurity victory.

“I was yelling and jumping and whipping along with Cody every step of the way,” said Jones, who was the champion Quarter Horse trainer for the Ruidoso Downs season that ended on Monday. “I think I’m more tired than the horse is.”

Fastest-qualifier No Secrets Here raced the 440 yards over a sloppy track in :20.88 to surpass the 440-yard stakes record of :21.00 set by eventual world champion DM Shicago in 2004.

No Secrets Here defeated a game Gun Battle, the 5-2 favorite, by a neck. It was three-quarters of a length back to third-place finisher Dont Let Down.

“There’s a lot more expectations this year,” said Jensen of his return appearance in the All American. “This year, we knew we had a good enough horse to win it if we got the right trip and thank God we did.”

No Secrets Here — owned by Vessels Stallion Farm of Bonsall, Calif., and Benny Rosset of Sau Paulo, Brazil — came to Ruidoso Downs from Los Alamitos Race Course with the All American Futurity as his goal. In his first start at Ruidoso Downs, the colt won his All American Futurity trial by one-length in :21.044, the fastest time from 17 trials.

No Secrets Here finished third in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million before traveling to Ruidoso Downs for the All American Futurity trials. The colt finished with a charge in the 350-yard, Grade 1 Ed Burke Million and his connections thought he would relish the 440 yards of the All American Futurity.

“I was pretty confident,” said Vessels Stallion Farm owner Frank “Scoop” Vessels III. “Our horse is really good. (In) Paul, I have the best trainer for the last four years. Cody Jensen has ice water in his veins. He will sit on one and wait for that horse to take really hold before he really starts riding one. And he did just that today. That was the best ride I’ve ever seen on a muddy racetrack with a big, strong racehorse.”

Runner-up Gun Battle, owned by Robert and Del Rae Driggers, continued a successful weekend for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. On Sunday afternoon, New Mexico-bred Arealstraitheart won the Grade 1, $406,000 All American Derby.

Gun Battle earned the favorite’s role in the All American Futurity after winning three straight races, including the Zia Futurity and his All American Futurity trial by over five lengths.

Gun Battle is trained by Fred Danley and was ridden for the first time by Freddie Martinez.

Third-place finisher Dont Let Down was one of two All American Futurity finalists owned by Bobby Cox and trained by John Buchanan. They were also represented by seventh-place finisher Genuine Botticelli.

Dont Let Down qualified for the Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge and scratched out of the finals to race in the All American trials. He won his All American Futurity trial by one-and-a-quarter lengths with the sixth-fastest qualifying time to earn his berth in the All American Futurity.

Completing the order of finisher were Mightys First Call, Remember Me Rose, My First Passion, Genuine Botticelli, Separate Bet, First Freeze and Okey Dokey Fantasy.

Handle on the All American Futurity was a record $708,690.


Hiclass La Jolla Wins Juvenile
Sammy and Johnny Martinez’s Hiclass La Jolla raced to his fifth-straight win by outfinishing Winning Intent in the $150,000 All American Juvenile on Monday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by David Haas, Hiclass La Jolla covered the 440 yards over a sloppy track in :21.44 with Tad Leggett aboard.

Hiclass La Jolla was winless in his first two starts, but has reached the winner’s circle in his last five starts, including taking the Heritage Place Juvenile and the Speedhorse Futurity. The $37,500 first-place check from the All American Juvenile pushed his career earnings to $222,861.

Winning Intent brought a three-race winning streak into the Juvenile, but came up a half-length short at the wire. Mr Gordon Shultz was third, three-quarters of a length behind Winning Intent.

During his winning streak, the John Stinebaugh-trained Winning Intent won the West Texas Juvenile and his All American Futurity trial by three lengths.

The All American Juvenile is for horses who did not qualify for the All American Futurity.

Hiclass La Jolla returned $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Winning Intent paid $2.80 and $2.40. Mr Gordon Shultz was worth $3.20. The $2 exacta paid $8.60 and the $1 trifecta returned $24.70.

Go Kitty Go Prevails In Championship
Vernon and Sylvia Hauschild’s Go Kitty Go, under a rousing ride from Oscar Ceballos, won a stretch battle over Dear Bull by a neck to win the $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship on Monday afternoon.

The five-year-old Go Kitty Go raced near the lead for the entire mile-and-a-sixteenth and then held off a bid by Dear Bull in the final furlong to win in 1:45 4/5 over a sloppy track.

Don’t Strike Out finished third, a half-length behind Dear Bull, in the field of five older runners.

Go Kitty Go returned $9.80, $4.20 and $2.60. Dear Bull returned $5.80 and $3.40 while Don’t Strike Out was worth $2.60 to show. The $2 exacta returned $46.40 and the $1 trifecta returned $52.40.

Ky’s Quest Takes Dale Wood
Favored Ky’s Quest, owned and trained by Cliff Lambert, went to the lead at the start and easily handled his juvenile rivals to win the $40,000 Dale Wood Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on Monday afternoon.

The Casey Lambert-ridden Ky’s Quest raced the six furlongs over a sloppy racing surface in 1:12 4/5 for his second win in his latest three starts. The gelding broke his maiden two starts ago at Ruidoso Downs.

Ky’s Quest finished six lengths ahead of Crypts Seeker in the field of eight juveniles. Smashed Cat was another four-and-three-quarter lengths back for third.

As the mild 3-1 favorite, Ky’s Quest rewarded his supporters with $4.40, $3.00 and $2.60. Crypts Seeker returned $4.80 and $3.40. Smashed Cat paid $3.00. The $2 exacta paid $23.60 and the $1 trifecta was worth $36.90.