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Rainbow Juvenile Stakes

Longshot Why scores an upset victory Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.
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Why, a 23-1 longshot, broke her maiden in Sunday's $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.

Prepped by Clint Crawford for Don Cavenaugh's Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC, Why went 400 yards in :19.943, and her margin of victory was a head from 13-10 favorite Return Of Brown Eyes. Cody Smith rode the brown daughter of all-time leading sire and 1987 world champion First Down Dash.

Later on the card, Cavenaugh, Crawford, and Smith teamed to win the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity with Uncle D.

"I thought Return Of Brown Eyes was the horse to beat," said Smith. "Why got away from the gate with Return Of Brown Eyes, and Why had enough to get past Return Of Brown Eyes."

Why was bred in California by Lazy Creek Ranch. The filly's dam, Whip Curl, is a stakes-winning 8-year-old daughter of champion Carters Cartel. Why has won one of three outs and has banked $42,890.

Shannon Power, Fightn Side Of Me, Kiss Me Anywhere, Juice Is Loose, Platinumm, Southern Wagon, and Avyator completed the order of finish.

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