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Rare Walker Upsets Mr Jet Moore

Walk Thru Fire gelding earns big victory over talented field at Ruidoso Downs.

August 5, 2012

Erasmo Hernandez’s Rare Walker pulled off an 8-1 upset over a field that included two champions in the Grade 3, $30,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Jockey Esgar Ramirez hustled Rare Walker to the head win over champion Prospect To The Top in :19.589 for the 400 yards.

Feature Ten was another three-quarters of a length behind in third while champion Noconi was fourth in the nine-horse field.

Rare Walker scored the most important win of his 18-race career by taking the Mr Jet Moore. The Hector Jaime Hernandez-trained gelding was third in a Sunland Park allowance race and then a close third behind Noconi in the La Plata Stakes (G3) in his two starts leading up to the Mr Jet Moore.

A 5-year-old gelding by Walk Thru Fire, Rare Walker was second, at 22-1 odds, in the O.B. Cockerell Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque last summer.

Joel Taverez’s Prospect To The Top, the 2011 champion 3-year-old colt, made a strong return to racing after taking the spring off to stand his first season at stud. He earned his championship with wins in the West Texas Derby (G3) and the Hobbs America Derby (G2) while finishing second behind Llano Teller in the Grade 1, $1,317,000 All American Derby.

Alonso Rincon’s third-place finisher Feature Ten was claimed for $6,250 back in January 2011 and then did not race until April of this year. He has made three starts since his return with a win in a Sunland Park allowance race.