Jockey Ivan Carnero made his first appearance in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on September 7th. The aspiring rider left with the ultimate prize in quarter horse racing by winning the 57th running of the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity. In part, that win lead to his being named as the AQHA-Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Month for the month of September. The award is voted on by a panel of Quarter Horse racing experts for riding accomplishments and achievements for the previous month of racing.
The up and coming 23 year-old rider captured the premiere event at Ruidoso aboard undefeated Jess Good Candy in front of a record crowd of 24,815 fans on Labor Day. Jess Good Candy has now won all four of his starts and is 3-for-3 at Ruidoso but was a 10-1 longshot at the start of the race. Jess Good Candy earned $1.5 million for the Estate Carl C Pevehouse, the owner of the horse.
It was the first time at the Futurity for winning Trainer Clinton Crawford too who has been training horses for 25 years. He has seen the ups and downs of a sport that can be very tough on the human spirit but always seems to give back so much.
Carnero hails from Amarillo, Texas, and began riding just three years ago. The Futurity trip aboard Jess Good Candy was his first in an actual race with the winning horse. He got the ride after jockey G.R. Carter chose to ride First Valiant Sign. Carter had ridden Jess Good Candy in the three previous wins.
“Jess Good Candy got bumped a little bit at the start but he broke through fast and had plenty of strength and power,” Carnero said. “This was a close race, but at the end I knew we had it won. I was comfortable aboard the horse. It’s great to see Clinton win his first All American Futurity. He has put in a lot of time and effort into horse racing and he deserves it. We’ll both enjoy this one and we’ll both always remember this victory. ”
“To win this type of race is a tremendous feeling.” said Carnero “We knew this horse had lots of talent. This is a dream come true. I was fortunate to get the ride and I’m grateful to Clinton Crawford and the owners. I respect this sport so much and there have been so many great riders to win this race.”
For the month Carnero had four wins from 34 starts with three seconds and one third place finish. He led all riders in earnings for the month of September with $1,635,839.