RUIDOSO, NM -- Stolis Winner is the 5-2 favorite for Monday's 50th All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The purse for the 440 yard dash is $1.9 million, the All American will award $1 million to the winner.
College Station quarter horse breeder Jerry Windham has watched Stolis Winner blossom as a two year old. A year ago Windham tried to sell Stolis Winner at auction, but the horse didn't bring what Windham thought he was worth.
He bought the horse back at $32,000 and decided to "cut him" and make a racer out of him.
To date Stolis Winner has won six of seven races and earned $789,467 to rank as the year's leading earner in American Quarter Horse racing.
Stolis Winner won the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) on June 1 at Remington Park and captured the Rainbow Futurity (G1) on July 20 at Ruidoso.
Reigning AQHA champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr., who won the Futurity in 1998 on Falling In Loveagain, will ride Stolis Winner for trainer Heath Taylor, who will also send out 3-1 second choice Jess Zoomin and 20-1 pick Mighty Corona.
The 10th of 12 races on the Monday card, the All American has an approximate post time of 4:45 p.m. (MDT).