A sharp break from his rail post helped Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC's Uncle D score a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by Cody Smith, Uncle D went 400 yards in :19.619. Clint Crawford prepped the brown son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel.
The eighth-fastest overall qualifier, Uncle D made his local debut with a victory in his Rainbow Futurity trial on July 6.
"It was easy," Smith said of Uncle D's Rainbow Futurity final. "I thought he needed that race in the trials."
Uncle D was bred in Utah by McColee Land and Livestock LLC. A $170,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, the colt is out of Little Surfer, a multiple stakes winning daughter of First Down Dash. His second dam, the Runaway Winner stallion Runaway Wave, produced 2006 world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.
"I'm kinda new (to racing), said Don Cavenaugh, who signed the ticket for Uncle D at the Heritage Place Sale. "Last year, we bought quite a few. Clint and Renee (Wilson) picked them out."
Crawford said that they looked at Uncle D at the sale, and then they went and looked at other yearlings.
"We kept going back to him, so we bought him," the trainer said.
Raced in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Uncle D has won three of four starts and has earned $597,365. In Oklahoma last spring, the colt ran second in the June 1, 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.
Fastest overall qualifier Hotsempting finished second and was followed by DF Mischievious Jess, Rocket Seis, Valiant Astica, Love Is Everything, Jesses Dashair, Ratification, and Analytix. Dash For Glitter was scratched.
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