Sure Shot B Back on the Track

Grade 1 winner aiming for Ruidoso Downs derbies this year.

By Greg Thompson,
February 20, 2012

Sure Shot B

Sure Shot B * Reed Palmer Photography

Grade 1 winner Sure Shot B took his first steps onto the racetrack at Sunland Park on Sunday following a multiple month layoff after his victory in the 2011 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

The 3-year-old gelded son of Stoli hit the El Paso race strip under the watchful eye of trainer John Stinebaugh, who was brimming with excitement due to the return of one of his stable’s stars from the 2011 racing season.

“He looked fantastic out there this morning,” said Stinebaugh. “He could not have looked better. We are really happy of how he has come back from his time away from the track.”

Owned by Dr. Tommy Hays and Charles Forbes Jr., the earner of $532,214 returned to the care of Dr. Hays after the victory in the Texas Classic. A minor procedure was performed and now he has returned to the Sunland barn of Stinebaugh with his sights set on a return at Ruidoso Downs for the lucrative summer derbies.

“Most of the times you only get a few great races of out these horses,” said Stinebaugh. “So we are going to save him for the big purses being offered in the derbies up on the Mountain (Ruidoso).”

Hayes purchased Sure Shot B prior to his first start as a 2-year-old from his breeder Bielau Oaks. He was bred in Texas from the Dean Miracle mare She A Miracle.