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Wide Open Rainbow Derby

A field of tough horses line up in the Rainbow Derby.

Q-Racing Journal
July 16, 2014

Richard Scott’s homebred Her O Don Won may hold fastest-qualifier status to the $1,048,682 Rainbow Derby (G1), but he will be in a tough tussle against at very deep and talented field in the 440-yard test.

The purse nearly broke the record the record $1,055,000 purse set last year.

Her O Don Won (Valiant Hero-Miss Shivers by Feature Mr Jess) raced the quarter mile in :21.323 to set the top mark from the nine trials. He showed class by defeating $943,127 Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner Rock You (Foose-Babe On The Fly by Strawfly Special) by a half length. Rock You checked in with the sixth-fastest time of :21.408.

Trained by Russell Harris, Her O Don Won concluded his juvenile season with his best effort when he was second by a neck in the $408,915 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1).

This year he has two wins from three starts: a Sam Houston Race Park allowance race and his Rainbow Derby trial.

Reliance Ranches LLC’s Rock You, the No. 1 horse in the weekly AQHA National Poll, had a five-race winning streak end with his second behind Her O Don Won in their Rainbow Derby trial. The streak started after he was third in the $1,002,700 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos last fall.

The highlight of the winning streak was his one-half length triumph in the Ruidoso Derby with a game late run.

The Eddie Willis-trained gelding also took the $50,000 Bob Moore Stakes (G2) at Remington Park during his winning streak.

Jerry Windham’s homebred J Bar (Jess Zoomin-The Jubilee Diamond by Runaway Winner) just may be the sharp horse at the right time. He set the fastest-qualifying time to the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on June 13 and then his connections decided to pass on the finals to race in the Rainbow Derby trials.

J Bar came through for trainer Mike Joiner with a 1 1/4-length trial win and his time of :21.326 barely missed being the top-qualifying mark.

Reigning champion 2-year-old filly Kates Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Jennifer Kate by Vital Sign) – owned by Billy Smith, breeder Jerry Windham and Pat Guthrie – is in improving form looking for her first 2014 win. She was fourth in her Ruidoso Futurity trial and then second by a head behind Houdini with the fourth-fastest qualifying time of :21.388.

The Mike Joiner-trained Kates Dynasty earned her championship after winning the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Houdini (Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash) defeated Kates Dynasty with a :21.376 mark, the third-fastest time. He was second to Kates Dynasty in the Texas Classic Futurity, second in the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity and third in the $235,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1). He also qualified for the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1).

Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) has been in sharp form for each of his two starts this year. He set a Remington Park 350-yard track record of :16.982 in his seasonal debut and then won his Rainbow Derby trial by a length with the fifth-fastest time of :21.400.

The Jason Olmstead-trained colt was one of the sport’s hot 2-year-olds last year when he set the fastest-qualifying time to the $1,076,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and came back to finish second by a head in the futurity. He was also a finalist in last year’s All American Futurity.

Luis De La Cerda and Abel Flores Sr.’s This Dude Can Fly, the ninth-ranked horse in the national poll, is riding a three-race winning streak, highlighted by his head win in the $257,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2). He then won his Rainbow Derby trial by a nose with the eighth-fastest time of :21.490.

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