Fdd Dynasty Gelding Leads Day 2 of Ruidoso Training Races

Droff makes a statement in the sixth of 12 300-yard schooling races.

Edited press release

A dozen 300-yard schooling races were contested at Ruidoso Downs on Tuesday.

Haddad Ranch Inc.’s Droff made a bold statement when he dominated his rivals in the sixth of 12 300-yard training races on Tuesday at Ruidoso Downs.

With Manuel Gutierrez aboard for trainer Paul Jones, Droff stopped the timer in :15.516, the third-fastest schooling race time in track history. The gelding by champion FDD Dynasty won his race by nearly four lengths with a 6-mph tail wind.

Jones also trains Surfin Corona Beach, a Corona Cartel filly who recorded the fastest winning time on Monday.

“Droff was a little bit of a handful when we got him (last October), and now he is turning into a businessman,” said Lisa Saumell, who manages Jones’ New Mexico operation. “All of Jorge Haddad’s horses come in good condition with good body weight.

“He improved every time we did something with him," Saumell added. "In the beginning, we knew he had talent. He just needed maturity. He’s very sound and doing great. We’ll definitely go in the Ruidoso Futurity trials.”

Many of the horses participating in this week's training races are pointing to the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials on May 26-27. A $22,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Droff is also eligible for the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity.

Jose Vincente Contrara's Stihl The Won took his training race with the morning’s second-fastest time of :15.752, the equivalent of 1 1/2 lengths slower than Droff. A son of Mr Jess Perry and a $61,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, Stihl The Won is eligible to the Ruidoso and All American futurities.

Ruidoso Downs' training races conclude with 11 races on Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (MDT).

Click here to watch all training races. Click here for a list of the individual times.

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