Prospect To The Top Returns in Tough Mr Jet Moore
August 3, 2012
Joel Tavarez’s champion Prospect To The Top makes his first appearance since The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on New Year’s Eve and standing his first year at stud this spring when he faces the durable champion Noconi in the $30,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Prospect To The Top (Coronas Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed) earned his championship with wins in the $160,000 West Texas Derby (G3) and the $155,000 Hobbs America Derby (G2). He was also second behind Llano Teller in the $1,317,000 All American Derby (G1).
The Ralph Muniz-trained Prospect To The Top has won seven of 17 career starts and earned $648,650.
Any horse racing against the veteran Noconi (Mr Jess Perry-My Dashing Lady by Dash For Cash) must earn the win because Noconi defines class with earnings of $1,338,900, 15 wins from 34 starts and two championships.
The 7-year-old gelding owned by R.D. Hubbard and J Bar 7 Ranch is in sharp form this year. The Paul Jones-trained sprinter was third in the February 29 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) and then came back to New Mexico to win the May 12 La Plata Stakes (G3) at SunRay Park.
Noconi was then a troubled fourth-place finisher in the 350-yard Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) on July 1 at Ruidoso, as the favorite behind stablemate JD Baccarat (Mr Jess Perry-Sizzling Lola by First Down Dash).
JD Baccarat is owned by Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Stan Herzog, Butch Southway and Bat Masterson and is back in the Mr Jet Moore. The 4-year-old gelding has always shown potential and has six wins from 16 starts with earnings of $179,510. He was a close second-place finisher in an April 15 SunRay Park allowance race before his Higheasterjet win.
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