El Duero Risks Win Streak in Grade 1 All American Gold Cup

The 6-year-old gelding brings a four-race streak into Sunday's 440-yard stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

El Duero, pictured here winning the Higheasterjet Handicap, is one of 10 sprinters entered in Sunday's $200,000 All American Gold Cup. PHOTO: Gay Harris

El Duero, a 6-year-old gelding by world champion Oak Tree Special, will put his four-race win streak on the line in Sunday's 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Hemerio Hernandez for owner HWD Racing Stables, El Duero boasts a win streak that dates back to April 30, 2015, and includes a half-length victory in the July 2, 350-yard Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera.

Other contenders include Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down and Johnny Trotter's Bodacious Eagle. A homebred 5-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty trained by Judd Kearl, Bodacious Eagle campaigned last spring at Sam Houston Race Park, where he scored a half-length victory in the 440-yard, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) on May 7  and ran second, 1 1/4 lengths behind 2014 world champion Jrc Callas First, in the 440-yard, $108,000 Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge (G2) in April.

Jessies First Down drew the rail post and will be ridden by Cody Jensen.

Bodacious Eagle is trained by Blane Wood. The 4-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding has made four starts this season off of a sophomore campaign during which he won three races during the Lone Star Park fall meet, including the 440-yard, $416,000 Texas Classic Derby (G1). Ricky Ramirez will ride Bodacious Eagle from post 2.

The complete lineup for the All American Gold Cup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jessies First Down (Cody Jensen), 9-2
Bodacious Eagle (Ricky Ramirez), 7-2
Zoomin Effortlessly (Santos Carrizales), 3-1
El Duero (Raul Herrera), 5-1
Politicaly Correct (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1
Streakin Regard (Ivan Carnero), 30-1
Glock (Cesar Gomez), 8-1
Mad About The Moon (Sergio Rodriguez), 20-1
Carters Last Straw (Adrian Ramos), 12-1
Apollitical Ok (Larry Payne), 15-1

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