Higheasterjet Handicap Draws Full Field

Grade 3 winner Once Over draws post 5 Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Once Over, pictured here winning his West Texas Maturity trial, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Jaime Bujanda's Once Over, a 7-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding trained by Earl Armstrong, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 350-yard, $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Once Over will be making his first start since April 24, when he scored a nose victory in the Grade 2, 400-yard West Texas Maturity at Sunland Park. The gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by Hector Aldrete.

Bye Byefreighttrain, a homebred 3-year-old son of Freighttrain B racing for L.P. Frank from the barn of trainer Kasey Willis, will make his Ruidoso debut in the Higheasterjet. The gelding ships in from Oklahoma, where he ran second, three-quarters of a length behind winner A Tres Of Paint, in the April 23, $307,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (RG3), and was a finalist in the Grade 2, $370,000 Heritage Place Derby on June 4.

Bye Byefreighttrain drew post 7 and will be ridden by Cesar Gomez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Rum Chata (Mauro Salcedo, 119), 10-1
First Mapuche (Jesse Lee Levario, 119), 15-1
Mr Eye Opener Too (Oscar Cordova, 121), 8-1
Miracle Fish (Fernando Castillo Jr., 119), 20-1
Once Over (Hector Aldrete, 123), 3-1
Absolut Power (F.R. Ramirez Jr., 121), 6-1
Bye Byefreighttrain (Cesar Gomez, 123), 7-2
First Is Special (Ivan Carnero, 120), 10-1
El Duero (Raul Herrera, 121), 9-2
Glock (Salvador Martinez, 122), 4-1

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