All American Derby Qualifier: Hotstepper
Bay Gelding, One Famous Eagle-Pandorum by Tres Seis
Race record: 12-4-2-4 $566,421
Breeder: Fulton Quien Sabe Ranch (TX)
Owner: Hubbard/Southway/Cope/Rafter W
Trainer: Sleepy Gilbreath
Qualifying Jockey: Cody Jensen
Qualifying time: :21.384
RACE RECORD: Hotstepper is one of three horses that qualified to last year’s All American Futurity and returns to this year’s All American Derby.
Last year, Hotstepper was ultimately third in the All American Futurity, and also raced in the Rainbow Futurity and was second in the Texas Classic Futurity.
This year, he was third in the Mr Jess Perry Derby (a consolation for the Ruidoso Derby) and was fourth in the Rainbow Derby.
In the All American trials, he won the 11th trial by a length over last year’s All American Futurity winner, Fly Baby Fly.
BREEDER: American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member the late Joe Kirk Fulton’s legacy lives on with the Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches. The Lubbock, Texas-based operation has bred legendary horses for more than 60 years, first under Joe Kirk’s watchful eye and now with his family carrying on the efforts. In Joe Kirk’s name, horses won more than $18.8 million, including world champions Dashs Dream and Special Leader, and Fulton Quien Sabe has itself has bred the earners of more than $980,000.
OWNER: The established partnership of R.D. Hubbard, Butch Southway, Johnny Cope and Ray Willis bought this horse for $63,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. They have also raced the likes of champion A Revenant.
TRAINER: C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath is a living legend in the American Quarter Horse racing industry. He has trained the earners of more than $29 million, including the current and former all-time leading earners, Ochoa and Refrigerator. Both of them were All American Futurity winners for him, as was On A High. He also trained world champion Cold Cash 123 and champion Foxy Moonflash. He greatly reduced his training program at the end of 2015, and currently trains only a few select horses.
QUALIFYING JOCKEY: The affable Cody Jensen has twice won the All American Futurity – in 2005 with Teller Cartel and 2006 with No Secrets Here – and in 2009 won the All American Derby with Inseperable. He has mount earnings of more than $38.4 million in his 25-year career. The jockey, known for his toughness in overcoming many injuries, has had an admirable career that has included two champion jockey titles and the peer-elected Sam Thompson Memorial Award in 2014.
PEDIGREE: Sire One Famous Eagle, a champion runner during his racing career, has from seven crops to race sired the earners of more than $25 million, already putting him in the Top 25 of all-time sires by money earned.
He sired 2012 All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle in his first crop, as well as 2016 winner Imperial Eagle and 2017 winner Fly Baby Fly.
One Famous Eagle stands at the Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.
Hotstepper’s dam line has been cultivated at the Quien Sabe for more than 30 years. Dam Pandorum was a two-time stakes winner who earned $70,437 in her career. This is her second foal. His third dam, Daring Difference, was an All American Futurity finalist and produced the earners of more than $450,000. She was a half sister to the great Mr Eye Opener.