Freshman colt One Dashing Eagle is the 2012 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse. He also is the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt. (Photo credit: Q-Racing Journal/Andrea Caudill)
Owned by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre with Jorge Carmona’s San Gregorio Racing Stable of Norco, California, One Dashing Eagle made history by winning three million-dollar futurities and setting a single-season earnings record of $2,079,065. He won six of seven races, including the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1), $1,073,000 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and $1,001,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).
One Dashing Eagle joins a select group of 10 horses chosen as world champion in their freshman year, with the most recent being Stolis Winner in 2008.
Bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, One Dashing Eagle is by champion and leading freshman sire One Famous Eagle and out of the First Down Dash mare One Sweet Dash. His trainers include Jose and Ugo De La Torre and Eloy Navarro, and his jockeys include Ramon Sanchez and Adrian Loza.
PJ Chick In Black is the champion 2-year-old filly. The winner of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), she won five of six starts and earned $523,339. Bred by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, she is owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms of El Paso, Texas. The New Mexico-bred is by Desirio and out of the Corona Cocktail mare Eddie Jym. The filly was trained by Carl Draper andJohn Stinebaugh, and ridden by Esgar Ramirez.
El Duero is the champion 2-year-old gelding. The gelded son of Oak Tree Special out of the Streakin La Jolla mare La Jolla Rocket won the West Texas Futurity (G1) and was second by a nose in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1). With a record of one win and three seconds in four starts, El Duero earned $285,378. El Duero was trained by Toby Keeton and ridden by Agustin Silva, G.R. Carter Jr. and Francisco Ramirez. Bred by Jorge Haddad of Seguin, Texas, El Duero is owned by Joel Valeriano, Sammy Valeriano and Lionel Zapata’s R/T Stables of Odessa, Texas.
Ochoa adds to his already luminous record, as he picked up two more championships – champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding. The winner of six of eight starts in 2012, Ochoa won the All American Derby (G1) and Rainbow Derby (G1) while earning $1,375,541. He also became the sport’s all-time leading money earner, with more than $2.6 million in the bank. Ochoa, who was the 2011 champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old gelding, is owned by his breeder, John T.L. and Brenda Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch of Quanah, Texas, in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson. Ochoa is by Tres Seis and out of the Stoli mare Stolis Fortune. He was trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath and ridden by Roy Baldillez.
Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret is the champion 3-year-old colt. He made eight starts, with three wins, two seconds and one third and earnings of $630,252. He won the Z. Wayne Griffin Director’s Trial, was second in both the All American Derby (G1) and Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and fourth in the Champion of Champions (G1). Hez Our Secret was trained by Blane and Trey Wood, and ridden by Ricky Ramirez. Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, Hez Our Secret is by First Down Dash and out of the Separatist mare Secret Separation.
Flame N Flash had a strong year, and becomes the champion 3-year-old filly. Owned by Robert Williams of Roosevelt, Utah, the filly won the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3), then defeated older mares in the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) and came within a nose of taking it all in the Champion of Champions (G1). She started eight times, winning four, and finishing second and third once each. She earned $353,756. She was trained by Juan Aleman and Elena Andrade, and ridden by Francisco Rubio. Bred by Dr. Ed Allred, Flame N Flash is by Walk Thru Fire. She becomes the third champion produced from the Shirley’s Champion (TB) mare Oh La Proud, the others being Hawkinson and Hawkish.
On the heels of winning the Champion of Champions (G1), Rylees Boy earns his second consecutive nod as champion aged gelding and also picks up a win as champion aged horse. Racing for Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez of Surprise, Arizona, he won four of seven starts in 2012, with one second place, and earnings of $609,685. In addition to the Champion of Champions, he also won the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) and Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2). Rylees Boy was trained by Paul Jones and Gerardo Ochoa, and ridden by Ramon Sanchez and Joe Ruiz. Bred by Gary Nesbitt, the 7-year-old is by Heza Motor Scooter and out of the Rocky Jones mare Pipistrelle.
Joel Tavarez’s Prospect To The Top earned another championship, this as the champion aged stallion. Last year’s champion 3-year-old colt returned to the races late in 2012 to win three of five starts, with one second place and earnings of $275,500. He won the Grade 1 Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park, as well as the All American Gold Cup (G3). He was trained by Ralph Muniz, Mario Sanchez and Brandon Muniz, and ridden by Oscar Rincon. The 4-year-old was bred by Sue May and is by Coronas Prospect and out of the Easily Smashed mare Cream To The Top.
Champion aged mare Fredaville picks up another championship for her owner and breeder, the late Robert Gentry of Lubbock, Texas, who died last week. The 6-year-old mare won three of seven starts in 2012, with one second and three thirds, while earning $131,920. She won the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1), Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) and Merial Remington Distaff Challenge, was second in the Junos Request Stakes (G2) and third in the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1). She was trained by Juan Aleman, Cody Joiner, Matt Frazier and Clint Crawford, and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Francisco Rubio and Shanley Jackson. By Mr Jess Perry, Fredaville becomes the second champion produced from the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda, dam of champion Fredricksburg.
DISTANCE AND INTERNATIONAL
All About Larry smoked his competition on his way to his nod as champion distance horse. Owned by Diane Heath of Cochise, Arizona, the 5-year-old gelding won six of eight starts in the year with one second and earnings of $144,490. He won the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge, Master Salls Handicap and SunRay Park Marathon. The gelding was trained by John Stinebaugh and Tom Bartol, and ridden by Salvador Martinez, Jorge Carreno and Ry Eikelberry. All About Larry was bred by Las Vegas Ranch of Prescott, Arizona. Sire Heza Motor Scooter becomes the only stallion to have two champions during the year. All About Larry is out of the Shoot Yeah mare Come Hell Or Hiwater.
Steve Hunter’s homebred Zoomin After Six is the Canadian champion. The 3-year-old gelding won six of eight starts in the year, with one second and one third, and earnings of $109,257. Campaigned exclusively at Ajax Downs, he won the Maple Leaf Derby and Ontario Bred and Foaled Derby (R) and was second in the All Canadian Derby (R). The gelding was trained by Janet Grice and ridden by Helen Vanek and Scott Sterr. Zoomin After Six is by Zoomin For Bux and out of the Sixavike mare Silk At Six.
SF Banko Aguerrido is the Mexican champion. The 2-year-old filly won half of her eight starts, with one second and one third, and earnings of $154,996. She is owned by Artemio Bastida Maya and won the Subasa Selecta Futurity (RG3). She was trained by Ruben Contreras and Raymun Sandoval, and ridden by J.T. Diaz, N.J. Hernandez, P.O. Rodriguez, Antonio Aguinaga, Rodrigo Vallejo and Arturo Romero. Bred by Hector Arreola Roldan, she is by SF Royal Bank and out of the Aguerrido mare Aguerrido Candorosa.
Dash Glory Ease is the South American champion. The award is given to the horse who wins the Bank of America South America Championship Challenge. The 4-year-old stallion races for his breeder Haras Fazenda Bela Ltd. He finished his year with a record of one win in three starts and earnings of $55,887. After winning the Bank of America South America Championship Challenge, he was flown to the United States to contest the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). He was trained by J. Sampaio and Paul Jones, and ridden by J.A. Gomez and Cesar DeAlba. The stallion is by Holland Ease and out of the Thoroughbred mare Medvedev, a daughter of Minstrel Glory.
Jose and Gustavo De La Torre with San Gregorio Racing earn the title of champion owners on the strength of world champion One Dashing Eagle’s accomplishments. With a three-horse stable, they topped the list of owners by money earned, with six wins from 11 starts and earnings of $2,079,965.
Also feted as the 2012 champion breeder are the Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, the breeders of One Dashing Eagle. Comprising the late brothers Jerry, Harvey and Dale Allred, they were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2012, horses they bred earned $2,491,469 while winning 14 of 50 races.
Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer Paul Jones earns the trainer title for the 11th consecutive year. In 2012, his trainees earned $4,487,221 while winning 167 of 905 starts, putting him in No. 1 on the list of trainers by earnings. He was also the leader in the wins mark. This year, Jones trained champions Rylees Boy and Dash Glory Ease.
Champion Jockey G.R. Carter Jr. fills another spot on his trophy mantle, as he earns his 10th national riding title. The Oklahoma native rode the earners of $4,503,632, who won 120 of 808 starts. He was the leading jockey by money won, and was sixth on the list by races won. Carter rode champions El Duero and Fredaville during the year.