Filly Fly Baby Fly wins $3 million All American Futurity
PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain
With a devastating final kick in the late yards of the 440-yard All American Futurity (G1), Fly Baby Fly took the $3 million race from rival Bigg Daddy by 1 1/2 lengths. She won in :21.492.
The fastest qualifier, Bigg Daddy broke well and held the lead through the early stages of the race, until the filly ridden by Jose Alvarez got rolling. She is owned by a partnership and was trained by James Padgett II, who the day prior also won the All American Derby (G1) with Hold Air Hostage and the All American Gold Cup (G1) with reigning world champion Jessies First Down.
"The filly always has trouble with the break and it takes a little while to start her running," Alvarez said. "But today she put everything together. We knew she could run 440, and she proved it today. She got the lead probably about 250 yards and then just pulled away."
Bigg Daddy held well for second, and Hotstepper was a neck back in third. Hes Limitless was fourth, followed by Mr Secret Glory, Uptown Dynasty, Shakem Bye Perry, Hawkeye, Dash For Stone and Believe Me Irene.
Fly Baby Fly is a sorrel daughter of champion and world champion-sire One Famous Eagle out of the champion Walk Thru Fire mare Higher Fire. She was bred by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas. From his first crop, One Famous Eagle also produced 2012 All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle.
"She showed her true talent today, and I think there is still some more horse there," said co-owner Bennie Jeter, who with wife Terri owns the horse in partnership with Deena Todd.
This is Fly Baby Fly’s fifth career start, and her third victory. She made her career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials, running third in her trial. She then qualified to the Rainbow Futurity (G1), and finished fourth in the final. She won her All American Futurity trial and ultimately was the 10th fastest qualifier for the race. With the $1,500,000 first-place check, her career earnings now stand at $1,585,200.
Fly Baby Fly’s ownership partnership paid $180,000 for the filly at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Her half-brother by Corona Cartel, A Galaxy Guardian, was the high seller at this year’s sale, bringing a top bid of $320,000.
Bigg Daddy is a gelding by Big Daddy Cartel out of champion Alice K White, a daughter of First Down Dash. Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., he was trained by Wes Giles for owners Too For Too Partnership. Bigg Daddy was bred by MJ Farms, the owner and breeder of All American Juvenile winner Jesse Lane. The winner of half of his eight career starts, he has earned $661,418.
"My horse beat the doors open, couldn’t have dreamed that he could have left the gate any better," said Carter. "He ran a really good strong race. Give Fly Baby Fly credit – she just run me down and beat me. I’m real proud of my horse, because he ran really good."
Hotstepper was third. The One Famous Eagle gelding was ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Sleepy Gilbreath and owners Johnny Cope, R.D. Hubbard, Butch Southway and Rafter W Stables. The bay was bred by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches out of the Tres Seis mare Pandorum. He now boasts career earnings of $290,200 after five starts.
All American Juvenile
In the $200,000 All American Juvenile, Jesse Lane got up to win by three-quarters of a length over My Southern Dynasty.
Jesse Lane was ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for breeder/owner MJ Farms and trainer James Padgett II.
One Quick Wagon was third behind My Southern Dynasty, and was followed by He Be Flashy, Overhauling, Tough Dynasty 123, Papaws Paint, Jessica Alexandra, Trace Dynasty and Time To Jazz.
Jesse Lane’s career record now stands at two wins from six starts and earnings of $154,452.
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