A Toss Up Awarded Higheasterjet

Ruidoso stakes has a pair of disqualifications.

July 1, 2012

The disqualification of JD Baccarat from first to last made A Toss Up the winner of an eventful Grade 3, $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

In another incident, original third-place finisher Double Chiseled was disqualified and placed seventh. This moved favored Noconi up to second-place and Buildemhigh was awarded third-place in the field of older runners.

JD Baccarat crossed the finish line with a :17.424 time for the 350 yards and A Toss Up was a head behind. Double Chiseled, who crossed the finish line in third before his disqualification, was another neck back.

James Sills and Abel Flores’ A Toss Up, ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks, won three stakes at Remington Park this spring before finishing fifth in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship, his start before the Higheasterjet. The gelded son of Sweet First Down, bred in Oklahoma by Sills, won the $53,600 Eastex Handicap (G2), $246,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (R) and then won the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1).

The 3-year-old A Toss Up now has seven wins from 12 starts, including five stakes wins. He also defeated older horses in the Eastex.

Two-time champion Noconi, the 8-5 favorite, originally finished fourth after being squeezed between horses midway through the race. He is a two-winner of the Higheasterjet and was carrying 129 pounds, including jockey Esgar Ramirez.

The Paul Jones-trained 7-year-old Noconi has earned more than $1.3-million for owners R.D. Hubbard and Johnny T.L. Jones’ J Bar 7 Ranch and has 12 stakes wins.