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Press ReleaseJune 27, 2014
The number-one ranked 2-year-old in American Quarter Horse racing – Tyler Graham and Conda Maze’s Kiss My Hocks – and two other horses in the top 10 of the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll are among the 214 entrants in the trials to the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.
The 24 trials at 400 yards are split over two days Thursday, July 3, and Friday, July 4 – with 12 trials each afternoon. The horses with the five fastest times from each day advance to the Rainbow Futurity on July 20. First post time is 1 p.m. each day.
The other two horses in the top 10 are the eighth-ranked Boi George and 10th-ranked JM Miracle.
Kiss My Hocks won the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity and, therefore, is the only horse with the opportunity to win the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus. The richest bonus in the Quarter Horse racing goes to the connections of a horse who can sweep the Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity. If a horse wins all three futurities and the bonus, then the horse will have earned more than $6 million at Ruidoso Downs this summer.
Kiss My Hocks’ brilliance showed when he set a Sam Houston Race Park 330-yard track record in his first start. He then won the Grade 2, $564,000 Sam Houston Futurity by an easy one-half length and became the 2-year-old to beat on the national scene. It hasn’t happened.
Trainer Toby Keeton brought him to Ruidoso Downs, and he dominated the first of two days of Ruidoso Futurity trials. He won his trial by three lengths and his time of :17.281 for 350 yards was the top mark from the day’s 12 trials. The Tempting Dash colt lived up to his 11-10 favoritism in the Ruidoso Futurity. He quickly went to the lead and went on to win by one-half length over JM Miracle.
Cody Jensen rode Kiss My Hocks in his two Ruidoso Downs starts and again has the call in Thursday’s 10th trial with the sixth post position.
Miguel Gallegos and Mauricio Gallegos’ Boi George earned his ranking with a one-half length upset win in the Grade 2, $267,651 West Texas Futurity back in April. The Teller Cartel gelding is now trying to rebound from a second-place run in his Ruidoso Futurity trial.
Sergio Becerra has been named on Boi George with the eighth post position in the second trial on Thursday.
J and M Racing and Farms’ JM Miracle made a late run at Kiss My Hocks in the Ruidoso Futurity at 12-1 odds. He showed the added 50 yards of the Rainbow Futurity trials could be to his liking.
The Volcom-sired gelding made his career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity trials, winning by 1 1/2 lengths with the second day’s third-fastest time of :17.368.
Alonso Rivera rides JM Miracle with the second post position in Friday’s ninth race.
Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle outran his 20-1 odds in the Ruidoso Futurity with a game third-place effort for trainer Blane Wood. The One Famous Eagle gelding earned his berth in the Ruidoso Futurity when he won his trial by one length in his career debut. His time of :17.382 was the third-fastest time on the first day of trials.
Regular rider Ricky Ramirez is up with the inside post position in Thursday’s sixth trial.
Supplemented at a cost of $30,000 was Victory Farms’ Smart Money First. He will be making his second start after impressing in a Remington Park maiden race in May. He drew out to a two-length win over 300 yards.
Trainer Brian Muse has Cesar Gomez on Smart Money First with the eighth post position in Thursday’s sixth trial.
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