New Mexico-owned and -trained Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked a half-mile in 0:48 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:11 at Ruidoso Downs, N.M., on the morining of Monday, Sept. 7, then was back under tack to lead the post parade for the track’s $2 million All American Futurity in the afternoon. The popular gelding helped to attract a record crowd of 23,478, who saw the Utah-raised 2-year-old quarter horse filly Runnning Brook Gal (yes, that’s three n’s) win the big daddy of ’em all for trainer Paul Jones, who also won Sunday’s $624,789 All American Derby. Click here to read the Associated Press story. Click here to see a photo gallery of the day from the El Paso Times.
Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard and partner Jim Helzer bought a 50-percent interest in the colt Favorite Cartel in the days leading up to the All American Futurity after the son of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick had posted a winning time of 0:21.305 in a qualifying trial. Favorite Cartel finished 4th in the big race. Favorite Trick, who’d been purchased by Hubbard and Helzer to stand in New Mexico to primarily service quarter horse mares, died in a barn fire in 2006 at Helzer’s JEH Stallion Station. The stallion’s foals from his lone season at stud in New Mexico are now 2-year-olds.