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Upsets in Ruidoso Stakes

Lighting Regard, If I Were Famous score at big odds.

June 29, 2013

KH Logax Inc.’s homebred Lighting Regard led a parade of longshots in the Grade 3, $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap while C. Dawn Ivey’s homebred If I Were Famous powerfully pulled away for an upset win in the $49,590 Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Lighting Regard impressively drew away from a deep field in the Higheasterjet to register a three-quarter-length win at 10-1 odds over 7-1 outsider Jess Cuervo. Eyein This Feature, sent off at 17-1 odds, finished a neck back in third. The $1 trifecta payoff was $2,531.40.

The Juan Gonzalez-trained Lighting Regard covered the 350 yards in a sharp :17.125 to gain his second-straight win. The Chicks Regard gelding was awarded first place through a disqualification in his previous race, a $30,000 conditioned allowance race back on January 1.

Lighting Regard boosted his record to seven wins from 12 starts with two third-place finishes.

In the Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge, the G.R. Carter Jr.-ridden If I Were Famous made an explosive late run to get up and win in :19.416 for the 400 yards.

If I Were Famous, a 20-1 outsider, had a clean break from the gate and was racing in mid-pack while favored Pajarita Sita burst to the lead and appeared to be the winner at the 300-yard mark. She was unable to maintain her momentum and was caught by the top-four finishers, led by If I Were Famous.

The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained If I Were Famous won by head over Rockin Disco while Cjs Rocksolid was third. Fourth-place runner Whiteface Eagle made an impressive run from last in the first 100 yards.

A gelding by One Famous Eagle, If I Were Famous won his maiden back in October at Lone Star Park. He was then laid off until returning to finish third in his Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge trial behind Rockin Disco. This victory earned him a berth in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) to be run November 9 at Los Alamitos.

Racing runs through Monday and then next week’s racing begins on the Fourth of July and continues through Sunday. There will be trials to the $1 million Rainbow Futurity on Thursday and Friday and trials to the Grade 1, $1 million (est.) Rainbow Derby on Saturday.

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