Mountain Top Derby

Mountain Top Derby

Miss Hi Tide wins Saturday's $175,258 feature at Ruidoso Downs.

Miss Hi Tide. PHOTO: Ruidoso Downs

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Sixth-fastest qualifier Miss Hi Tide overcame a less-than-perfect start to score an upset victory in Saturday's $175,258 Mountain Top Derby (R) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Ruidoso Downs.

Prepped by Wes Giles for owner Uno Menos and sent to post at odds of nearly 10-1, Miss Hi Tide covered 350 yards in :17.667, and her winning margin was one length from second-fastest qualifier Wood Be Bad. Adrian Ramos rode the sorrel Woodbridge filly, who earned the $105,155 winner's share of the purse from her first lifetime stakes victory.

"I did my best to keep my filly calm and steady," said Ramos. "The filly did a good job overcoming the early trouble, and then she really got going down the racetrack."

Miss Hi Tide was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and she was an $80,000 purchase at the 2022 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The filly is out of Ms Riptide, a stakes-winning and multiple graded stakes placed daughter of champion Ocean Runaway, and she is a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Mister Riptide.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Miss Hi Tide has won two of six races and has banked $325,995. The filly's 2-year-old record included a second-place finish in the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park, and a third-place fun in the New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG2) at Albuquerque Downs.

Giles indicated that Miss Hi Tide would be pointed to the 440-yard All American Oaks (G1) trials in August.

Fastest qualifier Copy Of Jess finished last in the 10-horse field after being forced in at the start.

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