Krash Cartel Tops Ruidoso Futurity Trials

First-time starter by Corona Cartel rolls to daylight win to qualify to $600,000 final.

May 25, 2012

Los Primitos’ Krash Cartel raced to a 4 ¼-length win in the second of 25 trials to the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs, and his time of :17.759 for 350 yards held up as the fastest qualifying time during a day dominated by a stiff head wind.

The wind throughout the card exceeded 15 mph with the majority of trials ran into a wind above 20 mph.

The time of the 10th-fastest qualifier, Jess A Zoomin, was :17.973. Last year, on Ruidoso Futurity trial day with an eight-to-15 mph head wind, the fastest time was :17.502 and the 10th-fastest time was :17.697. Thus, the wind was such a large factor that Krash Cartel’s time would not have qualified for the 2011 Ruidoso Futurity.

Nonetheless, the wind was consistent throughout the card and the horses that successfully dealt with the wind and raced to the 10 fastest times will compete for a record $600,000 purse on June 9.

Krash Cartel, a $72,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms, ranks as one of the favorites for the Ruidoso Futurity after his brilliant career debut for trainer John Stinebaugh. The Corona Cartel son totally dominated his rivals and figures to step forward when he makes his second out in the Ruidoso Futurity. Veteran Cody Jensen was aboard Krash Cartel for the precocious debut.

It was an afternoon that featured success with first-time starters. In addition to Krash Cartel, Prince of Alexander, Coronas Ice Maiden and Separate Battle reached the Ruidoso Futurity final in their career debuts.

The Micheal Alexander-owned and -trained Prince Of Alexander won the 18th trial by two lengths and his time of :17.786 was the second-fastest qualifying mark form 246 horses in the trials.

Juveniles with stakes experience also will return on June 9 for the Ruidoso Futurity.

Owned by Fredda Draper, Denny Bowen and Susie Taylor, PJ Chick In Black was a $15,000 supplemental nominee and made a very successful jump from New Mexico-bred stakes competition to the Grade 1 open futurity level. The Carl Draper-trained filly rolled to a three-length trial win and her time of :17.848 was the third-fastest qualifying mark.

The daughter of Desirio made her career debut in the trials to the New Mexican Spring Futurity and she raced to a one-length win in :15.001 for 300 yards. She moved forward to win the $110,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) by one length.

Jose Badilla’s Pajarita Sita, a member of the first crop of Pappasito, could be dangerous in the Ruidoso Futurity after her 1 ¼-length trial win with the sixth-fastest time of :17.913. The $42,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase started her career with a West Texas Futurity trial win and then finished third in the Grade1 final as the 5-2 favorite.

For a complete list of qualifiers, click here.

The Saturday program at Ruidoso Downs features the six trials to the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby and attracted champion 2-year-old and All American Futurity (G1) winner Ochoa along with champion 2-year-old colt and Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Feature Mr Bojangles.

First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission.

The quickest trial results will be available through Twitter by following Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox).