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Aug 29
Ochoa After Earnings Record in All American Derby

​08/29/2012




Champion Ochoa tries to become the all-time leading money earning quarter horse and the sixth horse to complete the All American Futurity-All American Derby double when he starts in the record-setting Grade 1, $2,234,539 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.
First post time is 12 noon.
The 440-yard All American Derby is the richest race ever contested for three-year-old and older quarter horses and demolishes the old record of $1,548,685 set in the 2010 All American Derby. This year’s record could prove to be short lived and projections call for next year’s All American Derby to hit the $2,500,000 level.
Owned by breeder Johnny T.L. Jones Jr. with Monte and Katsy Cluck with Douglas Benson, Ochoa has earned $1,645,736 and will add $938,506 if he can win the All American Derby. That pushes his earnings to $2,584,242. The current earnings record is $2,235,161, set by 2008 All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner.
The $938,506 winner’s share is the largest first-place check ever offered in a quarter horse race for three-year-old and older horses.
Ochoa is also trying to become the sixth horse to win the All American Futurity and then return the following year to take the All American Derby. This will be the 39th running of the All American Derby (the All American Futurity has been run 53 times) and the only horses to sweep both races are Higheasterjet, Ronas Ryon, Winalota Cash, A Delightful Dasher and DM Shicago.
Trained by hall of famer Sleepy Gilbreath, a two-time winner of the All American Derby, Ochoa is the sixth-fastest qualifier to the All American Derby after winning the eighth of 10 trials in :21.431 over a sloppy-sealed track. The top-five fastest qualifiers each came out of the first three trials when the track was fast and before a rainstorm negatively impacted the racing strip’s condition. The Tres Seis gelding was clearly superior to his trial rivals when he pulled away to the two-length trial victory.
Last year, Ochoa earned $1,200,000 and secured the 2011 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old gelding titles when he dominated the All American Futurity by one-and-one-half lengths. He was then given a winter’s rest and Gilbreath brought him back for the three Grade 1 derbies this summer at Ruidoso Downs.
After a troubled ninth place run in the $679,000 Ruidoso Derby (his sole off-the-board effort from his nine-race career) Ochoa turned in a very memorable performance in the $904,000 Rainbow Derby. He bravely charged between horses nearing the wire to grab the lead in the final stride and win by a head as the 11-10 favorite.
Regular rider Roy Baldilliez rides Ochoa with the outside post position.
The top-two qualifiers, BPS Jumpin Frisco and Linda Tee Fire, came out of the first trial. BPS Jumpin Frisco raced to the win in :21.277 while Linda Tee Fire was a neck behind with a :21.324 time. Lotta Love For Robyn was one-length back in third and she made the derby as the ninth-fastest qualifier with a :21.470 time.
A Toss Up and Hez Our Secret share the third-fastest qualifying time of :21.383 after finishing in a dead heat for the win in the third trial.
James Sills and Abel Flores’ A Toss Up could be ready for an upset after successfully competing against older horses. The Sweet First Down gelding won the $246,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby and then won the Sooner State Stakes over older horses at Remington Park and came to Ruidoso Downs to finish a close second behind JD Baccarat in the Higheasterjet Handicap for three-year-old older horses.
Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret was one of the most promising juveniles at Ruidoso Downs a year ago. He qualified for the Rainbow Futurity, however was unable to compete due to illness. He recovered and then traveled to Los Alamitos to finish fourth in the Grade 1, $2,236,000 Los Alamitos Two Million.

Aug 19
All American Derby could reach $2,500,000 in 2013

​08/19/2012




The record purse of $2,234,539 for the 2012 Grade 1 All American Derby on September 2 promises to be short lived with the 2013 running of the All American Derby projecting to have a purse reaching the $2,500,000 level.

This year’s All American Derby is quarter horse racing’s all-time richest race for three-year-old and older runners. The only race with a higher purse is the Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity also boasts the largest purse for any two-year-old race in North America, regardless of breed.

If the 2012 All American Derby reaches $2,500,000 then it would still be the second-richest quarter horse race because the 2013 running of the All American Futurity will have a $2,600,000 purse.

Also next summer, the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity will offer at $1,000,000 purse for the first time and become the third seven-figure race during the Ruidoso Downs’ season that runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day each summer.

“We want to thank the horsemen for their incredible support of racing here at Ruidoso Downs,” said Ruidoso Downs’ CEO R.D. Hubbard. “We are honored to be stewards of these classic races and will always strive for their continued growth.”

Aug 18
PJ Chick In Black Heads All American Futurity Trials

​08/18/2012




PJ Chick In Black pushed her record to five wins from five starts while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Thursday afternoon.

The two-year-olds with the 10-fastest times from the 26 440-yard trials earned the opportunity to race for the $1,200,000 first-place check in the All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity is the world’s richest quarter horse race and holds the largest purse for any two-year-old horserace in North America, regardless of breed.

Owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor with Jack Smith Farms, PJ Chick In Black destroyed the field in the 24th trial when she drew out to the five-and-three-quarter length win, by far the largest winning margin of the day.

The Esgar Ramirez-ridden PJ Chick In Black’s time of :21.081 was the quickest time from the 253 trial competitors.

“She just finally put together a perfect race,” said co-owner Bowen. “She’s a whale of a horse.”

PJ Chick In Black started her career racing against New Mexico-bred competition, winning her New Mexican Spring Futurity trial and then taking the New Mexican Spring Futurity by one length at Sunland Park. Her earnings from the $110,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity allowed her connections to pay the $15,000 supplemental fee to race in the trials to the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

The Desirio-sired PJ Chick In Black won her Ruidoso Futurity trial and then took the Ruidoso Futurity by a neck over All American Futurity third-fastest qualifier Krash Cartel.

Half ownership in PJ Chick In Black was then sold by Fredda Draper to Jack Smith Farms and she was moved from the Carl Draper stable to the John Stinebaugh barn.

The sale and earnings from the $300,000 first-place check in the Ruidoso Futurity were more than enough money to pay the $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the All American Futurity trials. That has paid off with her trial win and probable favorite status in the All American Futurity on Labor Day and, even if she finishes last, she will earn $70,000.

“If she’s the favorite, it works,” Bowen said. “She is training outstanding.”

Joining PJ Chick In Black in the All American Futurity are Grade 1 winners One Dashing Eagle and BP Cartels Alibi.

Ed Burke Million winner One Dashing Eagle came through in the 26th and final trial with and one-half length win with the six-fastest qualifying time of :21.369.

A son of One Famous Eagle, One Dashing Eagle came to Ruidoso Downs after one-and-one-half-length win in the Ed Burke Million as the 3-2 favorite. The sport’s number-one ranked juvenile coming into the All American Futurity trials, One Dashing Eagle now has three wins and a second-place finish in his career debut from four starts.

One Dashing Eagle is trained by Jose De La Torre and is owned by the partnership of Gustavo and Jose De La Torre with San Gregorio Racing Stables.

Raymundo Villareal Jr.’s BP Cartels Alibi, winner of the $1,115,000 Heritage Place Futurity, finished in a dead heat for the win with Aha Moment and they share the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :21.385. They crossed the finish line three-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of third-place finish Coyote James.

BP Cartels Alibi, a son of Corona Cartel, made his Ruidoso Downs debut and his first start since taking the Heritage Place Futurity by a head on May 26. The Bane Wood-trained colt has won three straight races since finishing third in his career debut.

The complete list of All American Futurity qualifiers and their times are PJ Chick In Black (:21.081), Jess A Zoomin (:21.246), Krash Cartel (:21.251), Just Wanna Corona (:21.286), Native Tea Rose (:21.358), One Dashing Eagle (:21.369), Aha Moment (:21.385), BP Cartels Alibi (:21.385), Mr Perry Cartel (:21.400) and Sudden Thoughts (:21.404).

Aug 18
Ochoa chases earnings record in All American Derby

​08/18/2012




It was all eights in the All American Derby trials. Ochoa drew the eight hole in the eighth trial and now he has the chance to be number one.

Champion Ochoa overcame a sloppy racetrack to gain the opportunity to become quarter horse racing’s all-time leading money earner in the Grade 1, $2,234,539 All American Derby when he won his All American Derby trial on Friday afternoon.

The All American Derby on September 2 is the all-time richest race for three-year-old and older quarter horses. The winner will earn $938,506 and Ochoa will probably be the favorite.

The horses with the 10-fastest times from the 10 All American Derby trials earned eligibility to race in the 440-yard All American Derby.

Ochoa won his trial in :21.431 for the sixth fastest qualifying time after the track turned from fast to slop following the third race.

“He broke well, as good as he can,” said co-owner Johnny T.L. Jones.

Ochoa steadily opened up his advantage through the quarter mile and won by two expanding lengths with his ears pricked for the final 200 yards.

“I’m glad that it kept drizzling. I was worried that the sun would come out and the track would get heavy,” Jones said.

Regardless of track and weather conditions, Ochoa ran like horse deserving a shot at one of quarter horse racing’s most revered records.

The Tres Seis gelding has earned $1,645,736 and will add $938,506 if he can will the All American Derby. That pushes his earnings to $2,584,242. The current earnings record is $2,235,161, set by 2008 All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner.

Co-owned by breeder Jones with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson, Ochoa earned $1,200,000 and secured the 2011 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old gelding titles when he dominated last year’s All American Futurity by one-and-one-half lengths. He was then given a winter’s rest and hall of fame trainer Sleepy Gilbreath brought him back for the three Grade 1 derbies this summer at Ruidoso Downs.

After a troubled ninth place run in the $679,000 Ruidoso Derby – his sole off-the-board effort – Ochoa turned in a very memorable performance in the $904,000 Rainbow Derby. He bravely charged between horses nearing the wire to grab the lead in the final stride and win by a head as the 11-10 favorite.

Each of the five horses who raced to faster qualifying times than Ochoa competed in the first three trials when the track was fast.

The top-two qualifiers – BPS Jumpin Frisco and Linda Tee Fire – came out of the first trial. BPS Jumpin Frisco raced to a neck win in :21.277 while Linda Tee Fire was a neck behind with a :21.324 time. Lotta Love For Robyn was one-length back in third and she made the derby as the ninth-fastest qualifier with a :21.470 time.

Bill Price’s BPS Jumpin Frisco, one of two Eddie Willis-trained qualifiers, was the odds-on favorite in the first trial after finishing second in the Grade 1, $2,236,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity back in December and grabbing thirds in the $248,000 Heritage Place Derby and the $246,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby.

James Sills and Abel Flores’ A Toss Up, one of two $50,000 supplemental nominees, and Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret, finished in a dead heat for the win in :21.383 to share the third-fastest qualifying time.

A Toss Up won the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby and the Sooner State Stakes at Remington Park last spring and then was a close second in the Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs against older horses in his start before the All American Derby trials.

The Blane Wood-trained Hez Our Secret was one of the most promising juveniles at Ruidoso Downs a year ago and then traveled to Los Alamitos to finish fourth in the Los Alamitos Two Million.

2011 All American Derby Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Bps Jumpin Frisco/1 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 0 21.277
Linda Tee Fire/1 Mike Joiner GR Carter 0 21.324
Hez Our Secret/3 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 2t 21.383
A Toss Up/3 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 2t 21.383
Bills Last/3 Paul Jones Rodrigo Aceves 2t 21.390
Ochoa/8 Dwayne Gilbreath Roy Baldillez 0 21.431
Eyein This Feature/7 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Leos 0 21.433
Testing the Ice/9 Ralph Muniz Oscar Rincon 0 21.468
Lotta Love for Robyn/1 John Bassett Saul Ramirez 0 21.470
Jess Featureme Quick/2 Paul Jones Ramon Sanchez 3t 21.472

Jul 30
All About The Money During Zia Festival

​07/30/2012




It was all about the money, nearly $1,200,000 in purses, during the Zia Festival racing card on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs and nearly 10-1 outsider Gonna Cha Cha took the biggest chunk of the cash $165,912 winning the $395,028 Zia Futurity for quarter horses.

The 11-race Zia Festival card was filled with stakes races for New Mexico-breds.

Gonna Cha Cha fought in the final 100 yards with The Four Js to win by a head in :19.927 for the 400 yards. It was three quarters of a length back to third-place finisher Runin Sixes.

Owned by Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez and Debra Laney, Gonna Cha Cha came into the Zia Futurity with only two starts and has stepped forward with each out to remain undefeated. After winning his maiden at first asking on June 3, he improved to take his Zia Futurity trial by two lengths as the 8-5 favorite for trainer Juan Gonzalez.

Runner-up The Four Js, owned by David Barrett with J and SM Inc., won his maiden in his first start when he won his trial by one-and-three-quarter lengths. He finished fourth in the New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity.

Third-place finisher Runin Sixes scored his only win from five starts when he took his career debut on March 2 at Sunland Park. However, he has been on the board in each of his other outs.

It was a sweep for longshots with the one dollar trifecta paying $1262.60.

In the $172,026 Rio Grande Senor Futurity for two-year-old thoroughbred males, Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks’ favored Kiss My Hennessy ran away from his nine rivals for an easy win in 1:04.42 for five-and-one-half furlongs.

Casey Lambert was aboard for trainer Todd Fincher.

Ramblin’ Starr was well back in second and Thermal made a late bid for third.

Kiss My Hennessy moved to the head of his division last spring at Sunland Park when he won the Copper Top Futurity and continued to show his stakes class when he was second to Thermal in the $135,000 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

A gelded son of Roll Hennessy Roll, Kiss My Hennessy was a $19,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale purchase and has earned $163,000 from six starts.

In the $159,744 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity for thoroughbred fillies, J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Back Seat Roll got a heady ride from Enrique Portillo Gomez to score a hard-fought victory over KB’s Princess. Back Seat Roll bravely went through an opening on the rail and those two fought to the finish line.

Back Seat Roll got the neck decision in 1:05.18 for trainer Henry Dominguez.

A homebred daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll, Back Seat Roll has shown steady improvement and made her first stakes start in the Senorita Futurity. After a second and third in her first two starts, she won her maiden with a neck win over KBs Princess in their Senorita trial.

In the $140,142 Zia Derby for quarter horses, Jaime Dominguez’ Fury Of The Storm raced to his fourth-straight win and fifth win in his latest six starts with a convincing three-quarter-length victory over Caliente Colt.

Cheetah Woods was third, a head behind Caliente Colt.

Fury Of The Storm had a clean break and an open path on his way to the win in :19.818 for 400 yards with Esgar Ramirez aboard.

Fury Of The Storm started his winning streak in February when he won the NMBA Stakes and he then won the New Mexico Breeders Stakes before winning his Zia Derby trial by more than two lengths.

A son of Furyofthewind, Fury Of The Storm was a $2,000 Ruidoso Sale yearling purchase and has now banked $198,000.

In the $50,000 Land Of Enchantment Stakes over seven-and-one-half furlongs, Barbra Coleman’s homebred Smash Dancer, under Casey Lambert, refused to give way in the final furlong to defeat Brother Louie by a one-half length. On Down The Road finished third, another four lengths behind.

Smash Dancer was timed in 1:33.42.

Trained by Todd Fincher for his fourth win of the afternoon, Smash Dancer was the 6-5 favorite after racing to a third-place finish in the Free Spirit Handicap two starts ago at Ruidoso Downs and returning to score a tight win in an allowance race.

Brother Louie was second in the Jack Cole Stakes two starts back while On Down the Road was fourth in the Cole.

In the $50,000 Lincoln Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs, UKUSA Stables’ Cali Baby was much the best when she scored her first win since taking an optional claiming race back in October.

The Alejandro Medellin-piloted Cali Baby raced on the lead and then powered away from her rivals in the final furlong to win by an easy seven lengths in 1:10.69.

Trained by Eric Mikkelson, Cali Baby was well regarded at 4-1 odds after securing third-place finishes in the Foutz Distaff and the La Coneja Stakes in her previous three outs.

Vestal Virgin finished second and Gossip Dome was third.

In the $50,000 Sierra Starlet for three-year-old fillies, Rita Danley’s homebred Roll Bloomers Roll held Sandia Sonata safe through the stretch to score her third stakes win.

The Fred Danley-trained filly won her division of the Copper Top Futurity and the Sawyer Futurity last year. She prepared for the Sierra Starlet with an allowance win over the Ruidoso Downs’ track.

Roll Bloomers Roll was timed in 1:04.79 for the five-and-one-half furlongs.

Sandia Sonata finished three quarters of a length behind Roll Bloomers Roll while Easy Loving Who was never in contention and finished third in the 12-horse field.

In the $50,000 Road Runner Handicap for three-year-olds at five-and-one-half furlongs, Steve Prather and E. Dwayne Taylor’s T.V. Stevie prevailed over a very game pacesetter Damascus Last Hope for trainer Todd Fincher.

It was one-and-three-quarter-lengths back to third-place finisher That’s Who in the full 12-horse field.

T.V. Stevie, with Isaias Enriquez up, covered the five-and-one-half furlongs in 1:03.95.

A gelding by Quinton’s Gold, T.V. Stevie was overlooked at 11-1 odds after not winning since back in October. He won his maiden at first asking a year ago at Ruidoso Downs.

In the $50,000 Zia Handicap over 400 yards, Fredda Draper’s Genuine American held off a determined bid by 13-10 favorite Here Kittykittykitty to get the head victory. Klassic Strawfly was a close third, just a neck behind.

The Carl Draper-trained Genuine American was timed in :19.782 with Esgar Ramirez aboard.

The eight-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding won an optional-claiming race in February at Sunland Park and then came back to finish a close second behind Here Kittykittykitty in the Mesilla Valley Speed handicap.

In the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship, Rollickin Red Partners’ raced to his 3-5 favoritism with a one-and-one-quarter length romp while scoring his sixth-straight win.

The quarter horse gelding by Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) was timed in :46.124 with Casey Lambert aboard.

Kokopellis Babycakes was second and Affluent Boy finished third in the full eight-horse field.

The Todd Fincher-trained Rollickin Red started his winning streak the first time he raced around the turn, a $12,500 maiden claiming race in February of 2011. He came into the Zia 870 Championship off a win in the New Mexico Horse Breeders Handicap.

In the $34,200 Sierra Blanca Handicap for older horses at five-and-one-half furlongs, Stable HMA’s Our Choice rallied through the stretch and out finished Lesters Secret for his second stakes win in three starts.

Agiba Yulla finished third.

Our Choice, a son of Desert God, won the Jack Cole Handicap two starts ago at SunRay Park and took the Mr Cristo Handicap in March at Sunland Park. The seven-year-old son of Desert God from the Justin Evans barn has won 13 of 49 starts.

The Ry Eikleberry-ridden Our Choice boldly moved in the final furlong to get the win by three quarters of a length in 1:04.54.

Jul 22
Ochoa Charges To Rainbow Derby Victory

​07/22/2012




Once again, Ochoa showed that there is not a three-year-old on the planet who can finish a 440-yard race like this gelding when he won the Grade 1, $903,774 Rainbow Derby on Saturday afternoon.

It was the largest purse in 38 runnings of the Rainbow Derby and the sixth-straight year that a record purse has been established in the 440-yard race.

Ridden by Roy Baldillez, Ochoa needed every stride of the quarter mile to get the head win. The gelded broke alertly from the fifth post position, but has never been a horse with a quick start. However, he did have a clear path. With 100 yards left in the race, the outcome was very much in question and then Ochoa showed he is the fastest closer in the three-year-old division to get up for the narrow win over Priceless Feature. It was just another head back to third-place finisher Jess Lips.

“It was a good break for him,” said winning rider Roy Baldillez, who rode a very confident and patient race. “The horse next to me came over on me a little bit, but this horse has so much heart. He just dug and went on.”

Ochoa, a son of Tres Seis, raced the 440 yards in :21.353 to remain undefeated for four starts at 440 yards. He has earned $1,643,635, with $1,583,785 of that total coming from his wins at 440 yards. He also won the Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity at 440 yards last Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs to secure the 2011 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old gelding titles.

Trained by Sleepy Gilbreath, Ochoa is back to his peak form after a troubled sixth-place run in the $679,000 Ruidoso Derby two starts ago. He came back from the Ruidoso Derby to win one of the most memorable trial races in recent history at Ruidoso Downs when he ran down champion Feature Mr Bojangles to win his Rainbow Derby trial by an expanding three quarters of a length.

“He looked really good coming off the track,” said trainer Sleppy Gilbreath said after the Rainbow Derby. “I can’t see any reason why we can’t go for the All American Derby.” The All American Derby could have a purse of $2,300,000 and a victory by Ochoa would make him the all-time leading money earning quarter horse with earnings of about $2,500,000. The All American Derby is held over 440 yards on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Ochoa is owned by the partnership of breeder Johnny T.L. Jones Jr., Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Douglas Benson.

The Rainbow Derby was also a celebration of the fact that age is not an obstacle for success. Jockey Roy Brook, who rode runner-up Priceless Feature, will turn 71-years-old in August. “I just kept saying, ‘Come on finish line. Come on finish line,” Brooks said after the race.

Ed Melzer’s Priceless Feature, sired by Feature Mr Jess, had a three-race winning streak end in the Rainbow Derby. The highlight of his winning streak was a head win in the $248,000 Heritage Place Derby in May.

Samuel Valeriano’s Jess Lips was in the middle of the fight for the win as he finished just a head behind Priceless Feature and it was just another head back to fourth-place runner Tres Seis Nueve.

Jess Lips, ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks, won his maiden in March at Remington Park and then won his Heritage Place Derby trial, qualifying for the finals.

Second-place finisher Priceless Feature and third-place finisher Jess Lips are trained by Eddie Willis.

The remaining order of finish is Feature Mr Bojangles, Jesscuzican, Feature Mr Who, Bills Last, YM Quick and CD Riggins.

Jul 22
Carters Cookie Rising Star With Rainbow Futurity win

​07/22/2012




The best time in quarter horse racing to becoming a rising star is right now and Carters Cookie is the rising star at the right time after an impressive win in the Grade 1, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

This is the right time for stardom because besides earning $350,000 – Carters Cookie is now two-for-two with a major futurity win and the trials to the Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity are fast approaching on August 16.

Carters Cookie stood out in the Rainbow Futurity. He broke well from the seventh post position, lugged in midway through the race and easily held off Vancouver Moon for the one-and-one-quarter-length victory.

Blaze Carver, a 23-1 outsider, was another half-length back for third.

“This is a really good horse,” winning rider G.R. Carter Jr. said. “We knew he could run this spring; we knew he had talent, but I have to commend (trainer) Mike (Joiner) for waiting with him.”

Waiting on Carters Cookie also meant that he was not gaining experience, but that was not a factor in the Rainbow Futurity. “In his trial (his first start) he got the lead and raced a little green,” Carter said. “Today he was really focused and ready for a big race. He blasted away from there and was a little more seasoned.”

Owned by Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway, Carters Cookie was purchased by Allen for $40,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale on Joiner’s advice. After the Rainbow Futurity trial win, Blach and Southway became co-owners with Allen.

“I’ve been watching him all summer since I’m around the Joiner barn,” said Southway. “Before the trials, Mark asked me if I wanted to buy a piece of him and after the trials I asked him if he still wanted to sell. He said, ‘Yes.’ So, I bought my interest in him.”

Carters Cookie’s breeding is one of the factors that attracted Joiner to the gelding at the sale. “I always like Strawfly Special mares and he’s out of a Strawfly Special mare who is a half-sister to One Famous Eagle. Besides I knew Carters Cartel from running against him and he’s a great horse.” Carters Cartel and One Famous Eagle are currently each leading sires from their first foals to race.

Joiner also appreciates training for Allen. “He just says to do what you want. That allowed me to wait and let the horse tell me when he was ready to race. We worked him (a fastest-of-the-day work on June 12) and that said he was ready to run,” Joiner said.

In a Rainbow Futurity stocked with lightly raced horses showing grade 1-winning potential, the second- and third-place horses fit that profile.

R. Dosi and Norma Alvarez-owned and -trained Vancouver Moon finished second after impressive wins in her only two starts. The FDD Dynasty daughter, who is a half-sister to champion First Moonflash, won her maiden by two lengths and then took her Rainbow Futurity trial by three lengths.

Flying Hooves RRC’s third-place finisher Blaze Carver, a daughter of Wave Carver and champion Blazin Fire, finished in a dead heat for the win in her Rainbow Futurity trial to break her maiden in her third start.

The remaining order of finish was Feature Hero, Scatmandu, Pyro, Distant Fury, Jesastar, Eyegotitgoinon and Nellie Delaney.

Carters Cookie’s co-owners Allen and Blach also teamed up to win the Kentucky Derby with Mine That Bird. When asked what it would be like to add an All American Futurity win to go with his Kentucky Derby victory, he said: “It just doesn’t get any better than this.” In horseracing, there’s nothing like having a horse like Carters Cookie who is reaching the top of his game at a classic time of the year.

In the $20,000 Rainbow Juvenile, Tammy Johnson and Jack Manning’s Solid Anita Jo held off a bids by Blazin Rich and Run With The Eagle to win her maiden in her sixth start for trainer Michael Wakefield.

A daughter of Rock Solid Jess, Solid Anita Jo was third in the Ruidoso Juvenile and qualified for the West Texas Juvenile.

Jose Amador Alvarez was up for the win in :20.113 for the 400 yards on a sealed track.

Blazin Rich was one quarter length back and it was another neck back to third-place finisher Run With The Eagle.

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Jul 19
Rainbow Futurity Fact Sheet

​07/19/2012




49th Running of the
Grade 1
Rainbow Futurity
400 yards
July 22, 2012
Purse: $700,000
(Surpasses previous record purse set in 2011)

(In post position order, with futurity jockey)

First post position
Fourth-fastest qualifier
Pyro, a gelding by Make It Anywhere and out of Rare Kayoh
Fourth-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.916
Winner of the 2nd of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
by one-and-one-quarter lengths
Winner of the Ruidoso Juvenile
Dam is a listed stakes winner of $24,740
Owned by Kathleen O. Matey
Bred by Kathleen O. Matey
Trained by John Stinebaugh
Ridden by L. Salvador Martinez

Second post position
Second-fastest qualifier
Vancouver Moon, a daughter of FDD Dynasty and Nagano Moon
Second-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.817
Winner of the 6th of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
by three lengths
Undefeated from two starts by a combined five lengths
Half-sister to champion and world record setter First Moonflash
Owned by Dosi and Norma Alvarez
Bred by Dosi and Norma Alvarez
Trained by Juan Gonzalez
Ridden by Jaime Parga Leos

Third post position
Fifth-fastest qualifier
Scatmandu, a son of Scat Daddy (TB) and out of Fodice
Fifth-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.939
Winner of the 1st of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
by one-half length
Two wins from two starts
Half-sister to grade 1 winner Fovee
Owned by Robert Gentry Family Partnership
Bred by the Robert Gentry
Trained by Juan Aleman
Ridden by Cody Jensen

Fourth post position
Co-sixth-fastest qualifier
Eyegotitgoinon, a gelded son of Mr Eye Opener and Cant Hide Love
Co-sixth-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.987
Dead-heat winner of the 5th of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
Undefeated from three starts, including Easy Jet Stakes at Remington Park
The only supplemental nominee in the Rainbow Futurity trials
Family of Lawyersgunsandmoney and Blinded By The Light
Owned by Raymundo Villarreal Jr
Bred by Dee and Betty Raper
Trained by Blane Wood
Ridden by Ricky Ramirez

Fifth post position
Ninth-fastest qualifier
Distant Fury, a daughter of FDD Dynasty and Checknbac
Ninth-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.991
Second in the 1st of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
behind Scatmandu
Two second-place finishes from two starts
Dam is restricted grade 1 winner with earnings of $216,410
Owned by Billy Smith and Dick Grebe
Bred by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale
Trained by Mike Joiner
Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves

Sixth post position
Fastest qualifier
Jesastar, a son of Mr Jess Perry and Abstinence
A $48,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Graduate
Fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.741
Winner of the 3rd of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
by two lengths
Winner of two of five starts and third in the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity
Half-brother to Grade 3 winner Waitin On Royalty
Owned by Juan Medina
Bred by Grant Farms
Trained by Raymond Vargas
Ridden by Roy Baldillez

Seventh post position
Third-fastest qualifier
Carters Cookie, a gelding by Carters Cartel and out of One Flying Cookie
A $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase
Third-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.892
Winner of the 4th of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
by two-and-one-quarter lengths
Made career debut in trials
Out of half-sister to the dam of champion One Famous Eagle
Owned by Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Henry Southway.
Bred by the Allred Brothers
Trained by Mike Joiner
Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.

Eighth post position
Co-sixth-fastest qualifier
Blaze Carver, a daughter of Wave Carver and Blazin Fire
Co-sixth-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.987
Dead-heat winner of the 5th of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
Won maiden in third start in Rainbow Futurity trial
Dam is 2007 champion aged mare
Owned by Flying Hooves RC LLC
Bred by Mark and Mary Parsons
Trained by Ralph Muniz
Ridden by Larry Payne

Ninth post position
10th-fastest qualifier
Nellie Delaney, a daughter of FDD Dynasty and Fleeting Touch
A $15,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase
10th-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :20.026
Second in the 3rd of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
behind Jesastar
Third in the Heritage Place Juvenile
Owned by J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley
Bred by J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley
Trained by Juan Aleman
Ridden by Saul Ramirez Jr.

10th post position
Eighth-fastest qualifier
Feature Hero, a son of Valiant Hero and out of Illegal Feature
A $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase
Eighth-fastest qualifier to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity, :19.991
Winner of the 19th of 23 trials to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity
by one-and-three-quarter lengths
The only qualifier after the sixth trial
Won maiden while making fifth start in trials, third in Remington Park Juvenile
Owned by Reliance Ranches
Bred by the Lana Merrick and Kent Jackson
Trained by Eddie Willis
Ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks

Jul 16
Ochoa, Feature Mr Bojangles rematch in $903,000 Rainbow Derby

​07/16/2012




Last year’s champion two-year-old Ochoa and 2011 champion two-year-old colt Feature Mr Bojangles have a rematch when the “big money” and 2012 championship consideration is on the line in the Grade 1, $903,774 Rainbow Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The $903,774 pot surpasses the previous record purse of $899,523 set last year. The latest six runnings of the Rainbow Derby have established new record purses.

The Rainbow Derby precedes the Grade 1, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon when fastest-qualifier Jesastar is challenged by a deep field of improving two-year-olds.

First post time is 1 p.m. daily with free parking and free general admission.

Ochoa and Feature Mr Bojangles raced in the same Rainbow Derby trial and Ochoa proved best with a devastating closing rush. Ochoa started from the outside post position and veered towards the outside rail, spotting Feature Mr Bojangles a seemingly insurmountable lead. Jockey Roy Baldillez did a masterful job of getting Ochoa lined out and into his stride. The gelding by Tres Seis stretched out and caught Feature Mr Bojangles nearing the finish line and won by an expanding three quarters of a length.

Ochoa was credited with the third-fastest qualifying time of :21.634.

From the stable of Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame member Sleepy Gilbreath, Ochoa overwhelmed the stellar field in last year’s Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity when he drew out to win by one-and-one-half lengths as the 8-5 favorite.

Ochoa was also third in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity last year for owners J Bar 7 Ranch, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Douglas Benson.

Ochoa will have Baldillez aboard with the fifth post position.

Feature Mr Bojangles scored the most important win of his two-year-old campaign a year ago at Ruidoso Downs when he won the Rainbow Futurity by three quarters of a length for trainer Roberto Sanchez. That grade1 win was the cornerstone victory that combined with his wins in the Grade 2 Hobbs America Futurity and the Four Corners Futurity to take the champion two-year-old colt title.

After a troubled fifth-place run in the Ruidoso Derby, Feature Mr Bojangles raced to the sixth-fastest qualifying mark of :21.749 with his second-place Rainbow Derby trial effort behind Ochoa.

One of quarter horse racing top breeding prospects, the Feature Mr Jess-sired Feature Mr Bojangles is owned by R.D. Hubbard, Jim Helzer, S/M Cattle Export Company and Jaime Dominguez.

Champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. will be aboard Feature Mr Bojangles when they start from the eighth post position.

S/M Cattle Export Company and Dominguez also own fastest-qualifier Feature Mr Who, who is also trained by Sanchez.

Feature Mr Who, a gelding by Feature Mr Jess, raced to a 9-1 upset in the sixth of seven Rainbow Derby trials and his time of :21.495 was the fastest-qualifying time. It was his second career win and his other victory also came at Ruidoso Downs over 440 yards. He won his All American Futurity trial by a neck, but his time was not fast enough to qualify for the futurity.

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Jul 16
2012 Rainbow Derby Fact Sheet

​07/16/2012




48th running of the
Grade 1
Rainbow Derby
440 yards
July 21, 2012
Purse: $903,774
All-time record Rainbow Derby purse
Exceeds previous record of $899,523 set in 2011
Sixth consecutive running with a record purse

(In post position order, with derby jockey)

First post position
Ninth-fastest qualifier
Priceless Feature, a son of Feature Mr Jess and Southern Price
Ninth-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.796
Winner of the second of seven trials by two lengths
Winner of the Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby and second in the
All American Juvenile
Dam is sister to grade 2 winner and $360,000 earner Southern Cartel
Owned by Ed Melzer
Bred by Sam Green
Trained by Eddie Willis
Ridden by Roy D. Brooks

Second post position
Fourth-fastest qualifier
YM Quick, a son of Valiant Hero and Also A High
Fourth-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.670
Second in the seventh of seven trials by a neck
Qualified for the 2011 Rainbow Futurity
Half-brother to grade 2 winner Crater Lake
Owned by You And Me Partners
Bred by You And Me Partners
Trained by Raymond Vargas
Ridden by Cody Jensen

Third post position
Fifth-fastest qualifier
Jess Lips, a son of Mr Jess Perry and Loose Lips
A $27,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate
Fifth-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.729
Second in the sixth of seven trials behind Feature Mr Who
Second in the 2011 Golden State Million and fifth in the Heritage Place Derby
Full brother to top New Mexico stallion Jesse James Jr
Owned by Samuel Valeriano
Bred by Charlie and Dixie Patterson
Trained by Eddie Willis
Ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks

Fourth post position
Seventh-fastest qualifier
Tres Seis Nueve, a son of Tres Seis and Ya Ya Sisterhood
Seventh-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.758
Winner of the fifth of seven trials by three quarters of a length
Winner of two of nine starts and making stakes debut
This is the family of champion Denim N Diamonds and stakes winners
Star Of Sierra Leone, Prankster CF, Tricky Dust and PB And Crackers
Owned by Valle Guadiana Corporation
Bred by Gabriel Gomez Barnola
Trained by Roberto Sanchez
Ridden by Jesse Lee Levario

Fifth post position
Third-fastest qualifier
Ochoa, a son of Tres Seis and Stolis Fortune
A $25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate
Third-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.634
Winner of the fourth of seven trials by three quarters of a length
2011 champion two-year-old and two-year-old gelding
Winner of the 2011 All American Futurity and earner of $1,264,050
Family of champions Splash Bac, Jumping Tac Flash, Carters Cartel,
Tac It Like A Man and Feature Mr Bojangles
Owned by J Bar 7 Ranch, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Douglas Benson
Bred by Johnny T.L. Jones Jr Interests
Trained by Sleepy Gilbreath
Ridden by Roy Baldillez

Sixth post position
Eighth-fastest qualifier
Bills Last, a son of Shazoom and Crystalinas
A $47,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate
Eighth-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.768
Third in the sixth of seven trials behind Feature Mr Who and Jess Lips
Third in the Animas Stakes and qualified for the 2011 All American Futurity
and the 2012 Ruidoso Derby
Brother to stakes winner Azoom and dam is a sister to leading sire Runaway Winner
Owned by Paul Blanchard
Bred by Jerry Windham
Trained by Carlos Sedillo
Ridden by Jaime Parga Leos

Seventh post position
Fastest qualifier
Feature Mr Who, a son of Feature Mr Jess and Whosleaving Corona
Fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.495
Winner of the sixth of seven trials by one-and-one-half lengths
Winner of two of eight starts and making stakes debut
From the family of world champion Whosleavingwho
Owned by SM Cattle Export Company and Jaime Dominguez
Bred by Buddy and Patty Newsom
Trained by Roberto Sanchez
Ridden by Esgar Ramirez

Eighth post position
Sixth-fastest qualifier
Feature Mr Bojangles, a son of Feature Mr Jess and Catch This Dash
A $16,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate
Sixth-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.749
Second in the fourth of seven trials behind Ochoa
2011 champion two-year-old colt
Winner of the 2011 Rainbow Futurity, Four Coroners Futurity and
Hobbs America Futurity
Family of champions Splash Bac, Jumping Tac Flash, Carters Cartel,
Tac It Like A Man and Ochoa
Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Jim Helzer, S/M Cattle Export Company and
Jaime Dominguez
Bred by Joyce Erickson
Trained by Roberto Sanchez
Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.

Ninth post position
Second-fastest qualifier
Jesscuzican, a son of Feature Mr Jess and Covenant Confirmer
Second-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.622
Winner of the seventh of seven trials by a neck
Won his maiden in sixth start with trial win
Dam is a half-sister to world champion Dashing Folly
Owned by Burt Darian
Bred by Burt Darian
Trained by Wes Giles
Ridden by Jorge Martin Bourdieu

10th post position
10th-fastest qualifier
CD Riggins, a son of Desirio and Super Perla Negra
10th-fastest qualifier to the 440-yard Rainbow Derby, :21.823
Third in the seventh of seven trials behind Jesscuzican and Ym Quick
Maiden after four starts
Half-brother to restricted grade 1 winner and $382,000 earner Jenuine Joy
Owned by Fredda Draper
Bred by Fredda Draper
Trained by Carl Draper
Ridden by Tanner Thedford

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