Champion Jess Good Candy Puts Win Streak on the Line in Ruidoso Derby
The undefeated colt drew post 10 Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.
June 6, 2016
Jess Good Candy, the sport's champion 2-year-old last season, will risk his undefeated record from post 10 in Saturday's 400-yard, $1,098,631 Ruidoso Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
A homebred son of Good Reason SA trained by Clint Crawford for PV Quarter Horse Farms of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, Jess Good Candy set the fifth-fastest qualifying time with his 1 1/4-length victory in the 10th of 14 trials on May 29. The colt has earned $1,563,478 from six outs, and his two stakes wins include a neck score at odds of 10-1 in last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1).
Ivan Carnero will ride Jess Good Candy on Saturday. The 2-1 morning-line favorite, his nine opponents include Volcom Bay, the fastest qualifier off of her clear 2 1/2-length win in the third trial. Volcom Bay will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo from post 4 for owners Bennie and Teresa Jeter of Alvarado, Texas, and trainer Judd Kearl.
Other contenders include Reliance Ranches' Big Lew, a Utah-bred colt by Corona Cartel trained by Eddie D. Willis and the eighth-fastest qualifier. Big Lew has won five of 11 starts and has earned $112,051, and his resume includes a second-place finish to Tee Chic in last year's $410,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park.
Jimmy Dean Brooks will ride Big Lew from post 5.
Hatefulist, a gray son of champion Separatist racing for James G. Markum and Steve Burns from the barn of trainer Paul Jones, began his career with a four-race win streak that ended with his seventh-place finish, 3 1/4 lengths behind Jess Good Candy, in the All American Futurity. The 10th-fastest qualifier, the colt drew post 8 and will be ridden by Sal Martinez.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Brimmies Wagon (F.R. Ramirez Jr.), 6-1
Significant Runner (Raul Herrera), 15-1
Always Ur Last Call (Cesar Gomez), 20-1
Volcom Bay (Rodrigo Vallejo), 12-1
Big Lew (Jimmy Dean Brooks), 9-2
Jm Disco Rey (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 8-1
Apollitical OK (Adrian Ramos), 30-1
Hatefulist (Sal Martinez), 7-2
Famous War Eagle (Ricky Ramirez), 15-1
Jess Good Candy (Ivan Carnero), 2-1
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