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Boogies Special Dash back in New Mexico.

Boogies Special Dash back in New Mexico.

Kenneth Ruthardt’s Boogies Special Dash is back in New Mexico and ready for the deep field in the $102,425 West Texas Maturity (G3) at Sunland Park on March 10.

Boogies Special Dash raced at Remington Park and Prairie Meadows last year as a 4-year-old before heading to New Mexico and surfacing in an optional-claiming race on December 29. That was his first start for trainer Wes Giles. He had raced at Ruidoso Downs as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old.

Giles received the horse around the first of November at Zia Park with the idea of giving him an out at the Hobbs track. “He just didn’t seem to be happy at Hobbs,” said Giles. “So, we put some weight on him and got him enjoying his job again.”

It worked. The earner of $351,275 – mainly in New Mexico – responded for Giles in his only two starts since his return to New Mexico. In that optional-claiming race at the end of December, the gelding got a solid start and then drew out to a three-quarter-length win over 300 yards, a distance shorter than he prefers. That was an excellent return for him considering he is not known as a very quick horse from the gate and the abbreviated distance.

“That race gave him a lot of heart,” said Giles.

Boogies Special Dash returned in his 400-yard West Texas Maturity trial and led the three trials with a :19.659 time.

The Walk Thru Fire son showed his class. He raced to another decent start with plenty of racing room. He ran with the leaders and gained command at the halfway mark. He went on to defeat champion Imperial Eagle by a neck. Imperial Eagle is the fourth-fastest qualifier at :19.695.

Boogies Special Dash galloped out well and trotted back to the winner’s circle with his ears up and looking around. He appeared to be a happy camper.

“He looked good in his trial,” said Giles. “He doesn’t leave the best all the time. He left well – for him – in his trial. So, if he leaves (in the final), he should be OK.”

Boogies Special Dash seems to have found a home back in New Mexico. As a 3-year-old, he was second in the Rainbow Derby (G1) and qualified for the All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

“He’s pretty simple,” said Giles. “He’s easy to train. The only thing is that he doesn’t settle on windy days. He’s no problem.”

Giles said future plans for Boogies Special Dash will be determined after the West Texas Maturity.

Boogies Special Dash has yet to win a stakes race. He is at an excellent point in his form cycle since this his third start after a freshening and has two wins against stronger rivals in each of those two races. His day is coming and it very well could be in the West Texas Maturity.

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