Gold Heart V
Gold Heart Eagle V Cruises to Fastest Qualifying Time
for the All American Derby
13th Heat Results in a Draw for Final Qualifying Spot
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – AUGUST 23, 2020 – The excitement that has built up for the much anticipated All American Derby trials did not disappoint. After nine trial heats today, it was Gold Heart Eagle V that ended the day with the fastest qualifying time going into the finals of the $1,077,688 All American Derby finals on Sunday, September 6th. Gold Heart Eagle V ran a blistering 21:108 which was the fastest time at 440 yards all weekend. In addition, the final field is still not complete as the final trial heat of the day not only shook-up the qualifiers but did so in a way that resulted in the need for a draw tomorrow morning to determine who will secure the final spot.
In the 13th trial heat, the top three finishers, Jess Sumokin Hot, Elm Creek Chrome and Hes Back, broke the time barrier to qualify. In doing so, Kleptomaniac and Perrys Double Down, who both ran a time of :21.549, are currently sitting in the tenth position in a tie. Therefore, tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM, trainers Duke Shults (Kleptomaniac) and John Stinebaugh (Perrys Double Down) will participate in a pill draw in the Racing Office to see which horse will run in the All American Derby and which horse will run in the All American Invitational on September 6th. Shults qualified Jess Sumokin Hot for the final and Stinebaugh qualified Hes Back.
Gold Heart Eagle V, a black Texas-bred colt, is by One Famous Eagle out of Ladys Heart of Gold by Strawfly Special. He comes out of the barn of Monty Arrossa, who also qualified Inaugurator, and was ridden to victory today by jockey James Flores.
“I was surprised when they flashed the time, and I do think we got a little help with the wind,” said trainer Arrossa. “This colt keeps getting better every time he runs. He’s had limited starts, but he put it all together today. It’s a who’s-who list of Quarter Horses in the final. We’re proud to be in the field!”
Hotsempting, the 2020 Ruidoso Derby champion and Rainbow Derby runner-up, was another horse that everyone was watching closely. The speedy black filly running in the open division clocked the second-fastest qualifying time by besting those in her heat with a time of :21.341.
Owned by Miguel and Mauricio Gallegos, the Texas-bred runner is by Tempting Dash out of Pandorum by Tres Seis. Hotsempting is trained by Sergio Ibarra.
According to trainer Ibarra: “She looked great and is feeling good. She’s put a little weight on this summer and couldn’t be doing any better. It should be a very nice final with Tony’s horse (Cers Final Try). She’ll be ready.”
Jockey Esgar Ramirez, the only jockey ever to have ridden Hotsempting in a race, was aboard for the win today.
“I thought she was very engaged today,” said Ramirez. “She broke well, and when she moved forward, she did it with such authority. Sometimes when she gets out front, she starts looking for another horse but not today. She was all business.”
Another favorite to make the finals, Rainbow Derby champion Cers Final Try also rose to the occasion and recorded the fourth-fastest qualifying time of the day when he won the seventh heat and hit the wire with a time :21.434. The black gelding is owned by Christina Robinson and is named after the late Charles E. Robinson who won the 2016 All American Futurity with Imperial Eagle. He comes out of the stable of Tony Sedillo and jockey Alfredo Sigala was up.
“I just thought it was a hard-earned win,” said trainer Sedillo. “This horse looks every part of a champion. He might have bobbled a little coming out of the gate, but he’s professional enough to collect himself and get the job done.”
The horses rounding out the rest of the qualifying field include Jess Sumokin Hot (:21.367); Love Is Everything V (:21.457); Inaugurator (:21.470); Kj Mucho Macho Man (:21.488); Elm Creek Chrome (:21.506) and Hes Back (:21.526).
Racing continues next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and post time is set for 1:00 PM. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com .
Attached photo of Gold Heart Eagle V by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs
Ratification Dominates Inaugural All American Oaks Trials
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – AUGUST 21, 2020 – In the trials for the inaugural running of the All American Oaks, the new division of the All American created for fillies, Ratification put on a clinic and demonstrated why she is the 2020 Rainbow Oaks champion. With a slight tailwind on a fast track, the filly dominated the second trial heat beating the second place finisher by five lengths to finish with the fastest qualifying time over the 440 yards of :21.269. No other horse qualified from Ratification’s heat.
Ratification is owned by Bobby Cox and hails from the barn of John Buchanan. The sorrel filly by Apollitical Jess out of Shesa First Ratify by First Down Dash was bred in Texas and was ridden today by jockey Francisco Calderon.
"I never asked her to run today, I simply guided her down the track," said jockey Calderon. "For a filly to glide like she did and to put up a time like that, she is obviously something special."
The finals for the $421,165 All American Oaks will take place on September 6th at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.
The following horses qualified from the 1st trial heat:
Kiss Thru Fire
Owner: Gentry Farms/R. Kirk Gentry
Trainer: Duke Shults
Jockey: Tanner Thedford
Time: 21.537 (3rd fastest qualifier)
Owner: Rodney Christensen
Trainer : John Stinebaugh
Jockey: Francisco Calderon
Time: 21.556 (4th fastest qualifier)
Foxys First Kiss
Owner: Bobby Simmons
Trainer: Clinton Crawford
Jockey: Benito Baca
Owner: Carlos Tello
Trainer: Jaime Hernandez
Jockey : Mario Delgado
Time: 21.835 (10th fastest qualifier)
The following horses qualified from the 3rd trial heat:
Owner: MJR Investments/Yolanda Rogers
Trainer: Clinton Crawford
Jockey: Mario Delgado
Time: 21.533 (2nd fastest qualifier)
Kiss My Lassie
Owner: Don Griffin & Simmons Racing
Trainer: Toby Keeton
Jockey: Cody Smith
Time: 21.598 (5th fastest qualifier)
Owner: J&SM Inc./Sue May et al
Trainer : Fred Danley
Jockey : Noe Garcia
Time: 21.723 (8th fastest qualifier)
The following horses qualified from the 4th trial heat:
Owner: Bella Vista Farms LLC
Trainer: Clinton Crawford
Jockey : Benito Baca
Time: 21.685 (7th fastest qualifier)
Owner: MRB Racing LLC
Trainer: Rodolpho Rodriguez
Jockey : Sergio Becerra, Jr.
Time: 21.811 (9th fastest qualifier)
Racing continues next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and post time is set for 1:00 PM. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit Race Ruidoso.com .
Attached photo of Ratification by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs
Flashing My PJs
Flashing My Pjs Impresses on Day Two of All American Futurity Finals
Trainer Eddie Willis Qualifies Two for the Finals
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – AUGUST 22, 2020 – All American Futurity trials continued today, and the filly Flashing My Pjs was the star of the show as she covered the 440 yards today in a blistering :21.203 to record not only the fastest time of the day, but the fastest qualifying time across the board. The track was fast, and a 4-16 MPH tailwind was present on a day that saw the top five qualifiers run faster times than Whistle Stop Cafe, the top qualifier from the first day of trials.
Flashing My Pjs, an Oklahoma-bred sorrel filly by First Moonflash out of Pj Chick in Black by Desirio, is owned by Flashing My Pjs Partnership/Susan Taylor et al. She was ridden by jockey Benito Baca who had the mount today. Flashing My Pjs hails from the John Stinebaugh barn. Stinebaugh also trained Flashing My Pjs broodmare, Pj Chick in Black, who finished sixth in the 2012 All American Futurity and earned more than $600,000 in her career.
“Lady Luck finally smiled on this filly. I knew what she was capable of, but it seemed like I was the only one,” said trainer Stinebaugh. “She had done so much in training, and today, she broke like a shot and ran awesome. I think she might be faster than her mother.”
The second-fastest qualifying time came in the next-to-the-last heat when Instygator dominated the field to win by 3 ½ lengths with a time of :21.205. Owned by Jose Guzman, the brown gelding by Ivory James out of Eye Popping by Mr Eye Opener, was bred in Texas and is trained by Jaime Hernandez. Jockey James Flores was aboard for the win today.
“This horse showed so much natural ability. I wonder if I might have ridden her too aggressively because he did come over a little after he cleared,” said jockey Flores. “He’s a fast horse, and it’s a privilege to have this opportunity in the final.”
Qualifying with the third-fasted time of :21.421 was Apollitical Gold, an Oklahoma-bred sorrel gelding owned by the Grant R Cox Revocable Trust. Apollitical Gold is by Apollitical Jess out of Src Gold by Pyc Paint Your Wagon and is trained by Eddie Willis. He was ridden by jockey Jimmy Brooks.
Willis and Brooks also qualified HR Princess Jess who had the fifth-fastest time of :21.461 running second to top qualifier Flashing My Pjs in the second trial heat. The Oklahoma-bred sorrel filly is also by Apollitical Jess out of Hr Ebony Princess by Ivory James and is owned by Larry Rice.
Eagles And Dragons, secured a spot in the finals by hitting the wire with the fourth-fastest time of :21.443. Owned by Joe Rios and trained by Juan Gonzalez, Eagles And Dragons joins Famous And Easy, a qualifier from day one as one of two New Mexico-bred horses to make the 2020 finals. The sorrel gelding is by Zulu Dragon out of Effortless Eagle by One Famous Eagle. He was ridden today by Jaime Leos.
The complete field for the 2020 $3 Million Grade I All American Futurity to be run on Labor Day at 440 yards includes Flashing My Pjs, Instygator, Apollitical Gold, Eagles And Dragons, HR Princess Jess, Whistle Stop Cafe, Jettz, Famous And Easy, Flash Bak, and Caliente Caramelo.
The five horses who ran the next five fastest times today qualified to run in the All American Juvenile which will also be run at 440-yards on Labor Day. Those horses include Candy Blood (:21.490); Peves Jackpot Jack (:21.585); Miss Candymountain (:21.604); Relentless Rose (:21.612); and Mane Street (:21.631).
The complete field for the 2020 All American Juvenile that will also be run on Labor Day also at 440-yards includes Candy Blood, Peves Jackpot Jack, Miss Candymountain, Relentless Rose, Mane Street, A Dangerous Flash, Famous Shining Star, Seven, Separate Sentence, and Shott Gun.
Racing continues tomorrow as the 3-year-olds take to the track. Sunday’s race card features 4 trials heats for the $421,165 All American Oaks for fillies and 9 trial heats for the open division of the $1,077,668 All American Derby. Post time is set for 12:00 Noon. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com .
Attached photo of Flashing My Pjs by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs
Whistle Stop Cafe
Whistle Stop Cafe Remains Undefeated and Clocks Fastest Qualifying Time
on Day One of All American Futurity Trials
Trainer Blane Wood Qualifies Three for the Final
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – AUGUST 21, 2020 – Whistle Stop Cafe, winner of the 2020 Rainbow Futurity, had another great day on the race track as she won the most anticipated trial heat on day one by 1/2-length to advance to the finals of the $3 million Grade I All American Futurity that will be run on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs. The still-undefeated filly, who ran a swift :21.615 today, comes out of the barn of Blane Wood who also had a banner day as horses from his stable secured three of the five spots that were up for grabs.
Owned by Whitmire Ranch/Lainie Whitmire et al, Whistle Stop Cafe is a Texas-bred runner by Freighttrain out of Sinuous by Mr Jess Perry. Jockey Ricky Ramirez, her only jockey, was aboard for the victory again today.
“This is the best filly I’ve ever trained,” said trainer Wood. “She gives you 110% every time we run her. She seems to explode about half-way through her races and turns it on when it counts.”
Also qualifying out of the same race was the second-place finisher Flash Bak with the fourth-fastest time of :21.669. The Missouri-bred sorrel gelding is owned by Dutch Masters LLC and is by Moonin the Eagle out of Checknbac by Check Him Out. He is trained by John Stinebaugh and was ridden by Benito Baca.
“He lost his footing early and then gathered and came running at Blane’s filly,” said trainer Stinebaugh. “We couldn’t catch her, but I can’t wait to try again!”
Jettz, another heavily favored runner going into today’s trials, was also impressive on the track today and ran the second-fastest qualifying time in the 15th trial heat with a time of :21.622. Owned by Bobby Cox, the brown gelding by One Fabulous Eagle out of First To Celebrate by First Down Dash was bred in Oklahoma. Trained by John Buchanan, jockey Francisco Calderon had the mount today.
“Today was the first time that I’ve seen his full stride and what he can do when he can stretch out and cover some ground,” said trainer Buchanan. “He’s doing great and is super healthy. We’ve got a fresh horse to go after the filly in the finals.”
The other two Wood-trained horses that secured spots in the final included Famous And Easy with the third-fastest time of :21.656 and Caliente Caramelo who got the fifth and final spot with a time of :21.706.
A New Mexico-bred gelding, Famous And Easy is owned by Mark and Fay Annette McCloy and is by One Famous Eagle out of Easeful Dinastia by Corona Cartel. Jose Alvarez was the winning jockey.
Caliente Caramelo, a Texas-bred filly, is owned by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP/Tim Fulton et al. After being disqualified the last time she ran, she came back today with a strong performance with jockey Ricky Ramirez aboard.
The five horses who ran the next five fastest times today qualified to run in the All American Juvenile which will also be run at 440-yards on Labor Day. Those horses include A Dangerous Flash (:21.715); Famous Shining Star (:21.736); Seven (:21.757); Separate Sentence (:21.760); and Shott Gun (:21.770).
The second day of All American Futurity trials continues tomorrow with another 16 trial heats. Sunday’s race card features 4 trials heats for the $421,165 All American Oaks and 9 trial heats for the $1,077,668 All American Derby.
Post time is 11:00 AM MDT on Saturday and at 12:00 Noon on Sunday. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com .
Attached photo of Whistle Stop Cafe & Flash Bak by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs
Bad Monkey Has a Good Day with a Win in the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Quarter Horse Challenge
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – AUGUST 15, 2020 – On a day that celebrated the versatility of the American Quarter Horse, Luchador, Bad Monkey, and Lynnder 16 all won their AQHA Challenge races today at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. The wins qualify each of them to compete in the 2020 Bank of America Challenge Championships currently scheduled to be held October 24th at The Downs at Albuquerque.
In the $88,544 Grade III John Deere Ruidoso Downs Quarter Horse Challenge, Bad Monkey held off the field to win the 350-yard sprint with a time of :17.755. The gray gelding by Capo de Capi out of Girls Eye Too by Mr Eye Opener, is owned and trained by Dean Frey.
“It looked like Benito just sat on him and went along for the ride,” said owner/trainer Frey. “He’s young, but he’s showing us that he’s going to be a nice, useable race horse.”
The California-bred 2-year-old was ridden to victory today by jockey Benito Baca. Baca gave Bad Monkey a clean trip on the fast track and finished ahead of Isa Super Freak and Jess The Lady by a neck.
“We got outbroke at the start, but I remained confident that we could pick those horses up,” said jockey Baca. “This horse keeps improving every time, and I’m especially impressed with his talent as a young horse. Bad Monkey has a tremendous future ahead of him.”
Luchador hit the wire hit just ahead of race-time favorite Silk And Stilettos and Cherokee Senator in the $56,474 Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge for 3-year-olds. The sorrel gelding by Valiant Hero out of Madresita by Pappasito is owned by D.P. Cattle Co. and hails from the barn of John Stinebaugh. Raul Valenzuela guided Luchador the 400 yards to the win in :20.05. (Click here for win photo)
Lynnder 16 did not disappoint in her return to Ruidoso Downs as the sorrel mare won the $31,136 Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge by a ½-length over Graceisagoodreason and Jess B Glory with a time of :19.810. Owned by Tom Maher and Richard Tobin, the Oklahoma-bred horse by Apollitical Jess out of Tinys Corona by Corona Cartel is trained by Jason Olmstead and was ridden by Berkley Packer. (Click here for win photo)
Racing continues on Sunday with the finals of the $134,667 Rio Grande Senor Futurity and the $133,828 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity. Post time is 1:00 PM. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com.
Attached photo of Bad Monkey by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs
Flying Eagle 07
Flying Eagle 07 Wins the Brigand Handicap
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – AUGUST 9, 2020 – On a warm and sunny afternoon with no wind and a fast track, Flying Eagle 07 hit the wire with a time of :26.64, ¾ of a length ahead of Ratatattat to win the $20,000 Brigand Handicap. Morning line favorite Why Buy the Cow finished third, and a $2 win ticket on Flying Eagle 07 paid $19.20.
Bred in Oklahoma, the sorrel gelding is by One Famous Eagle out of Tiny First Effort by First Down Dash. Owned by Jack Manning, Flying Eagle 07 is trained by James Gonzales, II and was ridden to victory today by jockey Mario Delgado.
“He was a solid 2-year-old here, and then had some problems when he turned three,” said trainer Gonzales. “We’ve really been working with him, and it seems like he’s coming around again now that he’s four. We took all the equipment off of him today, and that’s when he decided to break and run this time. He’s headed to Lone Star for the fall.”
Racing continues next weekend when Ruidoso Downs hosts the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Day at the Races. Saturday’s race card features three races - the John Deere Ruidoso Downs QH Challenge, the Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge and the Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge - that are part of the 2020 Bank of America Regional Challenge Championships. The winners of these races qualify to compete in the Challenge Championships which are scheduled to be held on October 24th at The Downs at Albuquerque. The AQHA will also conduct an on-track exhibition featuring a variety of different Quarter Horse disciplines between the 5th and 6th races. Sunday's program features the finals of the Rio Grande Senor and Senorita Futurities for 2-year-old New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds.
Post time is 1:00 PM MDT on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com.
Attached photo of Flying Eagle 07 by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs
Whistle Stop Cafe
Whistle Stop Cafe is Rainbow Futurity Champion
Trainer Sergio Ibarra Takes First & Second in Rainbow Juvenile Stakes
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – JULY 19, 2020 – Whistle Stop Cafe broke clean and found another gear in the last 150 yards to win the Grade I $1 Million Rainbow Futurity by ¾ of a length over morning line favorite Mister Illusion. Seven ran third, and post time favorite and Ruidoso Futurity champion Cyber Monday finished fourth taking away any chance of a Triple Crown winner in the Quarter Horse division in 2020. Undefeated Whistle Stop Cafe, who ran the 400 yards in :19.492, returned $14.40 on a $2 win ticket. The race was run under partly cloudy skies on a fast track.
Whistle Stop Cafe is owned by the Whitmire Ranch/Lainie Whitmire et al and was bred in Texas by Bobby Cox. The gray filly by Freighttrain B out of Sinuous by Mr Jess Perry hails from the barn of Blane Wood and was purchased for $42,000 at the Heritage Place Sale.
“When they broke, both horses on either side of her sort of split and gave her a perfect path. She’s a fast filly and knows exactly what to do,” said trainer Wood.
Jockey Rickey Ramirez was aboard for the win today, as he has been for all of her other victories, including her first place finish in the 2020 Heritage Place Juvenile.
“She been a terrific filly from the start. We knew we had something when she performed so well at Remington in the spring, but she’s blossomed even more this summer,” said jockey Ramirez. “I saw a horse coming at me on the side and right at the same time I felt my horse re-break about half-way through. She’s perfect so far. I hope we can keep her that way.”
In the other feature race of the day, the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile Stakes, the barn of Sergio Ibarra had the first and second place finishers with For The Irony and One Eagles Delight who ran in the race as an alternate after Jess Cindy was scratched earlier in the day. For The Irony won handily by 1 ¼ lengths over the 400 yards with a time of :19.968 beating out his stable mate.
“He just keeps knocking on the door,” said trainer Ibarra. “He’s been a little unlucky with his times in the trial races, but has done everything right. That’s four in a row versus some very nice horses.”
Owned by Diamond Racing Stables/Julietta Torres et al, For The Irony by Valiant Hero out of Dare You To Beat Me by Tres Seis is a California-bred black gelding. He was ridden today by Ibarra’s go-to jockey, Sergio Becerra, Jr., who also rode him to victory in the Ruidoso Juvenile earlier this summer.
“He gave me a little trouble in the starting gate but then settled down. Once he broke everything was okay,” said jockey Becerra, Jr.
Live racing continues next weekend at Ruidoso Downs Race Track with the Zia Festival and three days full of races dedicated to New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. Friday’s race card features trials for the Rio Grande Señor and Rio Grande Señorita Futurities. Saturday’s program includes the Grade II Zia QH Derby, and Sunday’s highlights include the GI Zia Futurity along with six additional stakes races.
Post time is 1:00 PM MDT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At this time, the Turf Club and the Jockey Club are limited to 50% capacity due to the Public Health Order from the State of New Mexico. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider, or conduct drive-thru wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com.
Attached photo of Whistle Stop Cafe by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs.
My Storm Warrior
My Storm Warrior Wins the Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – JUNE 20, 2020 – My Storm Warrior took home the top prize today in the running of the Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity even though Fill the Bill actually crossed the wire first. The turn of events happened after a lengthy Stewards’ Inquiry disqualified Fill the Bill from first-place to third-place for impeding the progress of eventual second-place finisher One Mark in the home stretch of the 5-furlong race.
My Storm Warrior, one of the five Todd Fincher-trained horses in the race line-up, is a gelding by Atilla’s Storm out of Key to My Warrior by Majestic Warrior. Owned by Dale F. Taylor Racing, LLC, the long shot returned $69.60 on a $2 ticket.
“I wasn’t that surprised because My Storm Warrior was running down horses in his trial race to qualify. I thought the pace was pretty strong today, so he was able to close well,” said trainer Todd Fincher.
Fincher’s horse Aisle Runner was the early favorite after winning his trial heat by 6 lengths pulling away. However, today was not the day for Aisle Runner who ended up finishing fourth.
My Storm Warrior originally had Alfredo Sigala aboard, but this morning, jockey Frank Reyes was named to ride him. Reyes deftly guided the gelding over the 5 furlongs and eventually into the winner’s circle.
“I was just focused on my horse. I didn’t see the issue between Fill the Bill and One Mark. They were on the outside, and my horse just kept moving,” said Reyes. “I had a firm hold on him, and he showed his class.”
The purse for the Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity is $163,415 and includes $15,000 added by the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association and $15,000 added by the Ruidoso Horse Sale Co.
Racing continues tomorrow with an 11-race card with a post time of 1:00 PM. The All American Turf Club and the Ruidoso Jockey Club are now open to 50% capacity for horse owners and season ticket holders under strict COVID-Safe Practice protocols. For more information on how to live stream the racing action, and for information on our drive-thru wagering at the Ruidoso Sale Barn, please visit RaceRuidoso.com.
Attached photo of Mountain Top TB Futurity winner My Storm Warrior (obscured) by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs.
Jess Cuz Pyc
Jess Cuz Pyc Can Takes Home Ruidoso Maiden Stakes
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – June 14, 2020 – Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs included three premier races with Jess Cuz Pyc Can taking home the $89,176 Ruidoso Maiden Stakes, Close to Crazy winning the $40,000 Rita Danley Distaff and American Dubai finishing strong in the $25,000 Ruidoso Sprint Handicap.
Second-fastest qualifier Jess Cuz Pyc Can, trained by Wesley Giles, crossed the finish line ahead of fastest qualifier Hock You in the Ruidoso Maiden Stakes for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. The 3-year-old gelding by Jesscuzican and out of Her Painted Wagon by Pyc Paint Your Wagon, Jess Cuz Pyc Can was ridden by Alan Hernandez and timed in :17:71 for the 350 yards.
“This horse was lightly raced as a 2-year-old so we put him in the Maiden Stakes just to guarantee he would get some starts and gain some experience. He ends up in the final and wins it,” said trainer Wesley Giles. “We’ve been working on getting this horse to break better and it paid off today. He’ll have his chance in the Rainbow (Derby) if he tells us he’s ready.”
Close to Crazy had a dominant finish ahead of Fabulous Stylin and Jess to Reel to win the second running of the Rita Danley Distaff for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies and mares. Bella Valenzuela’s Close to Crazy, by Jesse James Jr. and out of Da Edge by Separatist, was ridden by Adrian Ramos and timed at :17:688 for 350 yards.
“We were confident because of the work she gave one morning of opening weekend here,” said trainer Juan Gonzalez. “She’s very sound and on top of her game right now. She had a powerful break with no looking back.”
Close to Crazy worked a bullet of 11.25 seconds of 220 yards—first out of 46 horses that worked at Ruidoso Downs the morning of May 25.
Sunday afternoon’s race card also included the Ruidoso Sprint Handicap for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and up. The Enrique Gomez-ridden American Dubai covered the five-and-one-half furlongs in 1:02.46 over Hollywood Henry. Numerologist finished third.
“It’s one of those situations where he’s ready to run and there’s not a lot of opportunities right now,” said owner Rodney Richards of American Dubai. “He’s normally a two-turn horse so we turned decided to try him in this sprint to see what happens. You have to measure the fact that this horse wants to run and shows it no matter the distance. He loves doing his job.”
With the victory, American Dubai, by E Dubai and out of Smash Review by Bates Motel, has topped $500,000 in earnings lifetime in 25 starts. The 7-year-old has 8 career wins and finished in the money 19-of-25 lifetime.
Live racing at Ruidoso Downs continues next weekend with the $125,000 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds on Saturday, June 20th. Post time is 1:00 P.M. MDT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Ruidoso Downs Turf Club and Jockey Club will reopen at 50% occupancy on Friday, June 19th for horse owners, members, and season ticket holders, by reservation. The grandstands will remain closed at this time. For more information on how to watch and wager online, or conduct curbside wagering, please visit RaceRuidoso.com.
Attached Photo of Jess Cuz Pyc Can by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs.
Mystic Blues Wins Dash For Speed Stakes at Ruidoso Downs
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – MAY 31, 2020 – Under a clear blue sky, Mystic Blues covered 350-yards in :17.48 and took home the $25,000 Dash For Speed Stakes for fillies and mares at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.
L O S LLC. and Abelardo F. Gallegos’s Mystic Blues and Walking on Katella finished first and second for trainer Ramon Mendoza for the second running of the Dash for Speed Stakes. Black Shadow rounded out the top three.
Jockey Sergio Becerra, Jr. had his pick of horses and went with winner Mystic Blues over second-place finisher Walking on Katella. Becerra Jr. has won with Mystic Blues in five career wins.
“She’s just a nice mare and has been for some time. She has plenty of class and breaks extremely well. The 350-yards is the perfect distance for her because she might weaken a little, but she was strong enough to hold on,” said Jockey Sergio Becerra Jr.
The 4-year-old mare by Walk Thru Fire and out of Queens R Blues, Mystic Blues has six starts at Ruidoso Downs and six money finishes. Last season, Mystic Blues won her trial in the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. She competed in the Rainbow Derby final and finished fourth to Eagle Coast. The four-year-old mare has earnings of over $175k in 17-lifetime starts.
Live racing at Ruidoso Downs continues next weekend with the running of the $750,000 Ruidoso Derby on Saturday, June 6 and the $1 Million Ruidoso Futurity on Sunday, June 7. Post time is 1 PM MDT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on how to watch online, place your bet with your favorite online wagering provider or conduct drive-thru wagering locally, please visit RaceRuidoso.com.
Attached Photo of Mystic Blues by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs .
Hotsempting Delivers Impressive Win in the $900,000 G1 Ruidoso Derby
Apollitical J Wild Wins Ruidoso Invitational Stakes
RUIDOSO DOWNS – JUNE 6, 2020 – After leading the field in the time trials for the Ruidoso Derby, the filly Hotsempting proved once again that she has what it takes to run with the boys in an impressive win in the $900,000 Ruidoso Derby. Running into a stiff headwind, Hotsempting broke clean and never faltered over the 400 yards on her way to her first Grade 1 stakes win with a time of :20.00.
A Texas-bred graduate of the Ruidoso Yearling Sale ($48,000), Hotsempting is owned by Miguel Gallegos and Mauricio Gallegos and is trained by Sergio Ibarra. Jockey Esgar Ramirez is the only jockey to have ever ridden the filly in a race.
“This morning she was bouncing off the walls, and we knew she was ready. She sort of talks to us in the barn—she tells us how she’s doing and that she’s on the muscle,” said trainer Sergio Ibarra. “There was a little disturbance just before they opened the gates, and my heart stopped. I was just hoping that the starter waited until they got settled again, and she finally quit looking around. Then she broke and held up to the finish line.”
Ibarra plans to race Hotsempting against the open company in the $1 million Rainbow Derby instead of putting her into the first-ever Rainbow Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.
According to jockey Esgar Ramirez: “The filly always gives me one hundred percent. I thought she left the gate pretty good this time, but she has so much heart that I had faith in her, and I knew she was ready for a big one.”
Cers Final Try, owned by Christina Robinson and trained by Tony Sedillo finished second. Running Buddy, owned by MRB Racing, LLC and trained by Manuel Rodolfo Rodriguez finished third.
In the other feature of the day, the Ruidoso Invitational Stakes, the 400-yard race for 3-year-old non-qualifiers to the Ruidoso Derby, Apollitical J Wild edged out Dynast C and KJ Mucho Macho Man for the win.
Owned by Jose Soto and trained by Salvador Soto, the sorrel gelding by Apollitical Jess out of Bp Shes Southern by Southern Cartel was bred in Oklahoma. The sorrel gelding was purchased at the Ruidoso Yearling Select Sale for $75,000.
“We were just so unsure whether the horse was going to be ready, given that we kept him at my ranch in El Paso until we knew the track would open, and we were going to run,” said trainer Soto. “You could tell the horse really needed the trial race just to get going again, and then he showed so much improvement today. We’ll have him ready for the Rainbow and All American trials, so we’re excited about the summer.”
Jockey Paul Garcia guided his horse to the win with a time of :20.06 against a strong headwind.
“We didn’t get such a great start but then right away my horse kicked it into gear,” said Garcia. “We were clear on the outside. I didn’t know whether we got there in time, but it worked out.”
Tomorrow, the fastest 2-year-old Quarter Horses will compete for the first jewel in the QH Triple Crown, the $1 Million Ruidoso Futurity. Post time for the 11-race card is scheduled for 1:00 PM. Please visit RaceRuidoso.com for information on how to watch and wager along with information on drive-thru wagering available at the Ruidoso Sale Barn.
Attached Photo of Ruidoso Derby Winner Hotsempting by Jake Rogers, courtesy of Ruidoso Downs.