Volcom Bay Tops Ruidoso Derby Qualifiers

The filly will be joined by champion Jess Good Candy in the June 11, $1,040,000 final at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

A $43,00 buy at thhe 2014 Heritage Place Yealring Sale, Bennie and Teresa Jeter's Volcom Bay is the fastest qualifier to the Grade 1, 400-yard Ruidoso Derby. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Volcom Bay, a stakes-placed daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Volcom racing for Bennie and Teresa Jeter, earned her first win of the season in Sunday's 400-yard Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Prepped by Judd Kearl and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, Volcom Bay won the third of 14 heats by a clear 2 1/2 lengths in :19.618. The filly was recording her third win in 10 starts and pushing her bankroll to $32,393.

Volcom Bay was bred in Texas by P.K. Thomas. Her 2-year-old campaign included a second-place finish in the 400-yard Texas Classic Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Lone Star Park.

"She is fantastic; she's getting better all the time," said Vallejo of Volcom Bay. "She likes this distance. Today, she was very fast out of the gate and gave a consistent effort. I've ridden this filly a few times now and feel comfortable aboard her."

Other finalists to the June 11, $1,040,000 Ruidoso Derby include 2015 champion 2-year-old Jess Good Candy, who kept his perfect record intact with a 1 1/4-length win in the 10th heat.  Trained by Clint Crawford and ridden by Ivan Carnero for owner PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, the homebred Good Reason SA colt tripped the timer in :19.784 for the sixth-fastest qualifying time and his sixth win in as many starts.

Jess Good Candy made his sophomore debut with a win in the April 24 Mr Master Bug Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park.

"The race at Remington helped him a lot," said Crawford. "I think you need a race before coming up to this altitude. He was a little fresh for this race.

"The All American Derby is our goal," added the trainer. "We'll get through the Ruidoso Derby and take it from there."

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the Ruidoso Derby. Click here for the qualifiers to the June 11, $100,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes.

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