Ochoa to Break From Post 10

Likely All American Derby favorite Ochoa to break from the outside.

By Amy Owens
Q-Racing Journal
August 30, 2012

Ochoa

Ochoa

Bidding to become American Quarter Horse racing's all-time leading earner in the year's richest race for 3-year-olds and older horses, Ochoa will break from Post 10 in Sunday's 39th running of the $2,234,539 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The winner of the 440-yard race for 3-year-olds, the richest All American Derby ever, will earn $948,516 and a berth in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos in December.

On August 30, post positions for the Derby and Monday's $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) were determined at a brunch at Ruidoso, when lots first were drawn to determine the order in which the connections of the qualifiers for each race would choose their post positions. The Ochoa team had the third pick, following the connections of Eyein This Feature, who took Post 8, and Bills Last, whose chose the 9.

“I like it; he can see the finish line,” said Ochoa's breeder and co-owner, Johnny T.L. Jones Jr., about the outside post. “I think it's very good.”

Jones, who lives in Quanah, Texas, races Ochoa with his wife, Brenda, in the name of J Bar 7 Ranch and in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug and Shavon Benson.

Ochoa has six wins in nine starts and earnings of $1,645,736 in his career. With a win on Sunday, he would push his earnings to $2,584,242. The current record is $2,235,161 earned by 2008 All American Futurity winner and world champion Stolis Winner.

Trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, who won the All American Derby in 1986 with Six Popper and in 2003 with Snow Big Deal, Ochoa has made all nine of his career starts at Ruidoso Downs. Last year, the Tres Seis gelding was the fastest qualifier to the All American Futurity, and he won the Labor Day classic by 1 1/2 lengths in the final start of his juvenile campaign. He was named the champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding.

This year, Ochoa has three wins in five starts, including the Rainbow Derby (G1) on July 21. On August 17, he won the eighth of 10 trials to the All American Derby by 2 lengths on a sloppy track and became the sixth-fastest qualifier in :21.074.  

The All American Derby starters, in post position order with their jockeys, are:
Testing The Ice, Oscar Rincon;
Hez Our Secret; Ricky Ramirez;
BPs Jumpin Frisco; Jimmy Brooks;
Jess Featureme Quick, Ramon Sanchez;
Lotta Love For Robyn, Saul Ramirez Jr.;
A Toss Up, David Pinon;
Linda Tee Fire, G.R. Carter Jr.;
Eyein This Feature, Jaime Leos;
Bills Last, Rodrigo Aceves;
Ochoa, Roy Baldillez.

All starters will carry 122 pounds. The All American Derby is the 11th race on Sunday, September 2. Approximate post time is 4:42 p.m. MDT.

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