Otts Boy, a homebred son of the Corona Cartel stallion Mr Ottyes racing for Luke R. Goebel, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Racing against a reported 11-mph head wind, Otts Boy covered 350 yards in :17.673, and his winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from Getthere Fast. Ramon Sanchez rode the bay gelding for trainer Toby Keeton.
"He jumped about 30 feet," said Keeton of Otts Boy's break from the gate. "This horse has been jumping from the gate like that throughout his training, and we're all amazed at what he can do."
Otts Boy was bred in Texas, and he was the Ruidoso Futurity's second-fastest overall qualifier from 30 trials held May 27-28. The gelding is out of Lovely Legs, an unraced daughter of the Strawfly Special stallion Strawflyin Buds. Her second dam, the Victory Dash mare Love A Victory, won the 1997 Gillespie County Fair Futurity (G3) at Fredericksburg, Texas.
Luke Goebel's late father, Otto Goebel, owned Otts Boy's sire. Otto Goebel passed away in 2014.
"I was just thinking about my dad," said Luke Goebel after Otts Boy earned his family its first-ever stakes win. "I wish he could have been here to see this."
The Ruidoso Futurity is the first leg of Ruidoso Downs' All American Triple Crown. Goebel said that, if Otts Boy remains healthy, the gelding would be pointed to the July 8-9 Rainbow Futurity trials.
Campaigned in Texas and New Mexicco, Otts Boy has won all three of his races and has earned $436,650.
Hesjudgeandjury finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Otts Boy. Ride Around, fastest overall qualifier Chasing AJ, Powerful, Laveen Eagle, Lota Hot Mess, and Beneficial completed the order of finish. BV Higher Power was listed as a trainer scratch.
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