From the Ruidoso News
Consistent, hard working and successful.
Veteran quarter horse jockey G.R. Carter personifies all of the above qualities and is one of he most respected people in the horse racing community.
He’s also had quite a summer at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino.
On opening weekend, Carter won race No. 3,632 of his career, which made him the all-time most winning quarter horse jockey. He passed Alvin Brossette with the win. In typical Carter fashion, he praised Brossette for what he had done during his career and showed him a great deal of respect for his career.
Then in the first of two days of trials earlier this month for the Grade 1, 440-yard All American Futurity, which is slated for Labor Day, Carter qualified four horses for the biggest race in quarter horse racing. One of the horses Carter qualified, I’m a Fancy PYC, won’t run in the race due to an injury.
He also qualified Thunderball B, Jm Miracle and Tempting Destiny.
“To qualify four horses was great and it was fun,” Carter said. “There are so many great horses, so many great riders. It just went my way that day. All the horses are great and I’m not sure which horse I will ride.”
The draw for the All American Futurity will be held Thursday with a field of nine entered.
The 46-year-old Carter is no stranger to success in the All American Futurity. He won the race in 1998 with Falling In Loveagain and in 2008 with Stolis Winner.
“I’ve been fortunate in my career because I’ve worked with lots of great trainers and owners,” Carter said. “I’ve stayed healthy and I just have a genuine love of the sport and I try to give my best every time out.”
Carter, who is a 10-time American Quarter Horse Association champion, will also play a factor in the 440-yard All American Derby, which is held on Sunday. He qualified Big Dashing Perry, Kates Dynasty and J Bar in the trials, which took place earlier this month. He won the 1997 All American Derby aboard Dashing Perfection.
“All American Derby and All American Futurity weekend is always one of my favorites and it’s the best of the best in quarter horse racing,” Carter said.
Carter has ridden winners of around $66 million and is closing in on 3,700 wins, which has earned him the respect of those involved in quarter horse racing.
“I admire G.R. because of his accomplishments and his dedication,” fellow jockey Ricky Ramirez said. “He works hard at what he does. G.R. goes hard all the time.”
Said trainer Mike Joiner: “I know G.R. pretty good and he has a lot of riding talent. What sticks out for me is his longevity in the sport, his athleticism and his horsemanship. G.R. never slacks off. He’s a true professional.”
There will be special first-race post times at Ruidoso Downs over Labor Day weekend to accommodate the major Grade 1 stakes races and the annual Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
The Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale starts after the final race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is quarter horse racing’s premier offering of racing prospects.
First post time on Friday will be noon.
First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. and the card features the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup.
First post time on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. with three stakes races: the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Derby, the $100,000 First Down Dash and the $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby.
First post time on Monday, Labor Day, is 1 p.m. with the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity and the $60,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship.