Grade 1 Rainbow Derby Headlines Ruidoso Downs' Saturday Program

Jess Move You is seeking his second graded stakes win of the meet.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Move You, pictured here winning the Ruidoso Derby in June, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Saturday's Grade 1, 440-yard Rainbow Derby. PHOTO: Gay Harris

An American Quarter Horse stakes doubleheader, topped by the 440-yard, $801,564 Rainbow Derby (G1), is part of a 10-race program at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack on Saturday.

Post time for the first race is set for 1 p.m. (MDT).

Jess Move You, a gelded son of Apollitical Jess trained by Rudy Valles for owners Ricardo A. Bernal and Reymundo F. Resendez, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez in the Rainbow Derby. The Oklahoma-bred gelding has earned $325,263 from three outs during the current Ruidoso meet, and his two wins include a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length victory in the 400-yard, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 9.

Jess Move You is coming off of a second-place finish in his Rainbow Derby trial.

"He's doing as good as a horse can do," said Valles of Jess Move You. "He didn't care for the surface (in his trial). He broke well, but he didn't kick it in. I'm just happy to qualify and be in it."

Other contenders include DF AJ Green Leaves, a daughter of Apollitical Jess trained by Trey Ellis for owner Darling Farms of Lamont, Oklahoma. The 3-1 morning-line favorite, DF AJ Green Leaves has won three of six starts this season, including the 400-yard, $317,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds on April 21, and she has banked $201,090.

DF Green Leaves drew the rail post and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo.

The complete lineup for the Rainbow Derby, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
DF AJ Green Leaves (Rodrigo Vallejo), 3-1
Political Attraction (James A. Flores), 9-2
Papaws Paint (Bonifacio Perez), 8-1
Sixes Crystal (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 15-1
Flight Force (G.R. Carter Jr.), 12-1
Jess Move You (Ricky Ramirez), 7-2
Piloto Strong (Francisco Calderon), 20-1
Hes Limitless (Agustin Silva), 10-1
Hawkeye (Omar Reyes), 15-1
Hotstepper (Cody Jensen), 6-1

Also on Saturday, a field of a dozen sophomores, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in the 400-yard, $100,000 Corona Cartel Stakes.

Uptown Dynasty, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, is coming off of a neck victory as the 1-5 favorite in a 440-yard Rainbow Derby trial on July 8. A gelded son of Mr Jess Perry owned by Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, the gelding qualified to all three of Ruidoso's Grade 1 futurities last season, and he scored a dead-heat victory with Eagle Jazz in the 350-yard, $800,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Uptown Dynasty drew post 10 and will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. for trainer Wes Giles.

Fly Baby Fly, a sorrel daughter of One Famous Eagle campaigned by the New Waverly, Texas-based Fly Baby Fly Partnership, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Trey Ellis. The filly has banked $1,586,000 from seven starts, and she ended her juvenile campaign with a 1 1/2-length victory in the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1).

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