Q-Racing JournalJune 26, 2014
Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the $62,250 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge and Texas Classic Derby (G1) winner Jody Pops Zoomer holds a similar role in the $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Jose Espinosa’s Big Biz Perry (Mr Jess Perry-Big Bizooms by Shazoom) has the class advantage in the 400-yard Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge with her win in last year’s $1,075,000 Heritage Place Futurity and then closing out her juvenile campaign by qualifying for the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1).
The Blane Wood-trained Big Biz Perry was rested after the Texas Classic back in November and emerged in her Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trial to get up at the wire and win by a nose as the 19-10 favorite. Her time of :19.945 was the fourth-fastest mark from the three trials.
Jerry Windham’s homebred J Bar (Jess Zoomin-The Jubilee Diamond by Runaway Winner) topped the qualifiers when he pushed his record to three wins from five starts with a one-half length trial score. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding stopped the timer in :19.723.
The promising gelding is 3-for-3 at Ruidoso Downs with each of his wins in trial races. Last summer, he won his trials to the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge and the All American Futurity.
Paul Jones and Chad Richard’s homebred Make A Wish For Me (Brookstone Bay-Asyouwish by Separatist) was second behind J Bar in their trial with the second-fastest time of :19.814. The Jones-trained gelding was a winning favorite in last summer’s John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.
In the Higheasterjet Handicap at 350 yards, Raymundo Medrano and Sammy Valeriano’s Jody Pops Zoomer (Zoomin For Bux-Jody Pops Little Sis by Jody O Toole) also is a Grade 1 winner. He won the $394,306 Texas Classic Derby (G1) and then trainer Toby Keeton rested him until April. He returned in the $50,000 Bob Moore Stakes (G2) and finished fifth behind Rock You, the No. 1-ranked older horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll and the $943,127 Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner.
Jody Pops Zoomer closed out his Remington Park season when he was moved up to third after finishing fourth in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1).
Jon and Donna McPherson’s Point Break Dash (First Down Dash-Ms Pilot Point by Splash Bac) makes his 2014 debut after qualifying for the $2.8 million All American Derby (G1), $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) and the $177,000 Hobbs America Derby (G3) last year. His best finish was a third-place run in the All American Derby, which had the largest purse in American Quarter Horse racing history.
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