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Q-Racing Blog: High Gear

The Wood stable is in high-gear and ready for business.
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By Ty Wyant

The Trey Wood stable is ready for business at Ruidoso Downs and Remington Park.

Wood will be running horses in trials to two Grade 1 races over Memorial Day weekend at Ruidoso Downs. He will then have horses in two Grade 1 races and one Grade 2 race on June 1 at Remington Park.

The Ruidoso Downs trials are for the $1 million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity and the Ruidoso Derby, which could be the second $1 million running in the Derby’s 26-year history. It had a $1,068,631 purse in 2016.

It’s a stunning stakes lineup at Remington Park on June 1, the season’s closing night. Leading the evening are the $963,100 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), the $250,000-added Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) and the $367,750 Heritage Place Derby (G2).

Wood expects to run between 25 and 30 2-year-olds over the two days (May 24-25) of trials to the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity.

Keep an eye on three Wood-trained top performers from the three days of Ruidoso Downs’ training races who are expected for the Ruidoso Futurity trials.

Rancho El Cabresto Inc.’s Apollitical B King raced to the fastest time from the three days of trials on the third day, when he powered to a :15.782 time for the 300 yards.

The second-fastest time on the third day went to the Rocket Seis. The filly posted a :15.905 time, while winning her training race.

On the first day, Fernweh posted the day’s top mark and the second-fastest time from the three days, when she was timed in :15.828.

The Ruidoso Derby trials on May 26 should bring out the Wood-trained 2018 champion 2-year-old gelding and All American Futurity winner Apocalyptical Jess.

Apocalyptical Jess is a good-feeling horse and Wood ran him in the $319,975 Oklahoma-bred Derby (RG3) since he was feeling so good and was wanting a race. The gelding responded with a 1 3/4-length romp as the 7-10 favorite.

“He’s doing really good,” Wood said. “He came back like he never ran.”

In the Heritage Place Futurity, Wood sends out Jesses Dashair, who posted the fastest time on the second night of two nights of trials. The filly was timed in :17.392 for 350 yards.

Jesses Dashair was a bargain $8,000 Heritage Place Sale purchase and is owned by Wood’s mother, Sandy, with close family friend Celia Kinsey.

“We liked Dashair (Jesses Dashair’s sire) and raced Jesses Dashair’s dam, and several of her foals could run,” Wood said. “So, we’re having some fun with Jesses Dashair.”

In the Heritage Place Derby, Wood is represented by second-fastest qualifier Apollitical Pence, who won his trial in :19.402 for the 400 yards.

The gelding made two starts for Wood last spring at Remington Park, including being disqualified from second to third in the $65,000 Laico Bird Stakes after taking a right-hand turned. He saw reflecting lights on a sloppy track, according to Wood.

Apollitical Pence was then sent to Los Alamitos and joined the Monte Arossa barn. He qualified for three Grade 1 futurities – the Ed Burke Million Futurity, the Golden State Million Futurity and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. He concluded his stay in Southern California with a close, competitive second to the highly regarded Powerful Favorite in the $211,000 El Primero Del Ano Derby on March 31.

“He came here a couple weeks after the El Primero,” Wood said. “I couldn’t be happier. We’ve just been freshening him up.”

Wood has two prospects for the Remington Park Championship, Tough To Bee and Cartel Cupid.

Tough To Bee, a dead-heat winner of the 2017 Ruidoso Derby (G1), came off a layoff to finish in a dead heat for second in the $114,000 Leo Stakes (G1) at Remington Park on May 4.

“He needed the race,” Wood said. “He’s a hard-knocking horse and as solid as they come. It’s a pleasure to have him.” 

Cartel Cupid, second in last year’s $759,197 Ruidoso Derby (G1), was fourth in the Leo and could return in the Remington Park Championship.

“We’re doing flapper surgery,” Wood said. “If he’s 100 percent, then we’ll run. Otherwise, we’ll wait.”

It’s always busy at the Wood operation. It’s in high gear right now.

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