Blue Corazon Wins Ruidoso Futurity

The Coronado Cartel gelding gives his young trainer his second Grade 1 win.

Q-Racing Journal

Blue Corazon scored a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $1-million Ruidoso Futurity. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Blue Corazon, a gelded son of the Corona Cartel stallion Coronado Cartel owned by Newman Cattle Co., kept his record perfect with a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr., Blue Corazon covered 350 yards in :17.768 while scoring his second win in as many starts. Rodolfo "Rudy" Valles prepped the gray gelding, giving the 24-year-old trainer his second Grade 1 win of the weekend. On Saturday, Valles sent out Jess Move You to win the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby.

"He's always been a pro, and he acted ready," said Valles of Blue Corazon. "This whole weekend has been a dream. It's impossible to put into words. After the trials, the horses (including Jess Move You) came back well, but still you don't ever think that this can happen."

Valles became just the third trainer to win the Ruidoso Derby and Futurity in the same year. The others are Sleepy Gilbreath (1998) and Russell Harris (2000).

Blue Corazon was bred in Arkansas by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC, and he was a $30,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. The gelding's dam, Bye Bye Baby Goodbye, is a winning daughter of champion Takin On The Cash.

Blue Corazon earned his victory in the first leg of Ruidoso Downs' All American Futurity Triple Crown despite a less than perfect start.

"He veered in, (but) then he went to running," said Ramirez.

The $420,000 winner's share of the Ruidoso Futurity purse increased Blue Corazon's earnings to $424,800. The overall fourth-fastest qualifier, he made his debut with a 1 1/2-length victory in the 10th of 16 trials on May 25.

Suze Returns finished second, a half of a length behind Blue Corazon, and was followed by Jest Famous, PJ Splash Of Joy, Im Jess Special, Tempting Special, fastest overall qualifier and 9-5 favorite Flash And Roll, Corona Squared, and One Famous Stone.

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