A Delightful Dasher Wins Trial
RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) _ Texan Gwendolyn Eaves is going to get another chance to win the richest event in quarter horse racing.
Eaves’ 2-year-old gelding A Delightful Dasher romped to a two-length victory Thursday in the trials for the $2 million All American Futurity and posted the top qualifying time of 21.533 seconds for the 440-yard sprint.
Seventeen trial races were run at Ruidoso Downs, with the fastest 10 horses advancing to the futurity on Labor Day. The winner earns $1 million.
Eaves, from Midland, Texas, has had horses in the All American twice before in recent years, but has yet to get to the winner’s circle. In last year’s futurity, Eaves’ Hes My Dasher finished fourth and in 1994, her filly Delightful Lark, finished sixth.
A Delightful Dasher, trained by John Bassett and ridden by Joe Badilla, won the ninth trial Thursday for his third victory in five starts this season. Last month, he won the $528,587 Rainbow Futurity over the same Ruidoso Downs track.
A Delightful Dasher was bumped slightly coming out of the starting gate, but quickly recovered.
Chicks Call Me, an unbeaten gelding, had the second-fastest qualifying time at 21.607 seconds. Owned by C.E. Tuggle and W.R. Anglin of Catoosa, Okla., the grey speedster never was challenged and won by two lengths in scoring his sixth straight victory this year.
Chicks Called Me was ridden by Jacky Martin, who has won the All American six times. Martin won six races in the trials and two of his other winners, the fillies Significant Speed and Familiar Faces, also qualified for the All American.
Tuggle and Anglin got their horse into the trials by putting up a late supplemental fee of $50,000.
Five other horses whose owners also paid the late $50,000 failed to make the futurity field.
The third-fastest qualifying time was run by He Rocks, a gelding owned by Harvey Farr of Decatur, Texas. He Rocks’ time was 21.623 seconds.
Snappy Dragon, a gelding owned by M. Elizabeth De Young of Decatur, Texas, won his trial with the fourth-fastest time, 21.706 seconds.
The rest of the qualifiers were Tell Her More, a filly; Tiny First Dash, a filly; Southern Cash Man, a gelding; and Moolah Memories, a filly.
Tell Her More is trained by Jack Brooks, who has won seven All Americans, including last year’s race with Falling In Loveagain.