It's All American Futurity day which means I have to give some thoughts on the race. As always it's a terrific race that's worth taking a look at even if you aren't a regular Quarter Horse player.
The favourite is a deserving one in the form of #4 First Valiant Sign. He won the Ruidoso Futurity in nice fashion, managed to qualify for the Rainbow after a third in his trial where he got bumped at the start and rallied. In the Rainbow he was bumped on both sides at the start but finished very gamely and just missed by a neck. He was a nice winner in his All American trial, and I have no doubt that he is good enough to win this race. The fastest qualifier is #9 One Fabulous Eagle, who finished very well and his runner up won the All American Juvenile earlier today. He raced in Ruidoso Futurity, where he was fractious in the gates but still managed to finish a good fourth (placed third.) The live longshot in this field is #5 Jess Good Candy, in my opinion. He took a couple of bumps at the start in his trial and surged late to get the win. One thing that I like is that his runner up, #1 McClintock B, was also fast enough to qualify to the final. That's a sign of a classy race. Another one who's worth a look is #7 Hatefulist, who is four for four in his career. In his trial, he bumped into a rival in the early yards, drifted out while dueling and won with a late surge. If he keeps straight today, I think he's got an upset chance. #6 Giving It All has an outside shot, he stumbled at the start in his trial and finished well to be second but never really threatened the winner, #8 Tf Im That Guy. #3 Sky Bo Dash is likely going to take a lot of money off of an easy trial win racing into a headwind. He outbroke his field and was alone on the lead, giving him a better opportunity to put in a fast time, but it's impressive nonetheless. I'm not in love with him at a short price, but he could win. The rest, I don't like too much. My bets will probably revolve around the 5 and the 9 racing well.
Top pick: #5 Jess Good Candy
Good luck to everyone playing!