Mister Riptide (pictured), a multiple graded stakes winning son of Woodbridge owned by Mark and Annette McCloy, heads a list of eight registered New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 440-yard All American Derby (G1) and Oaks trials at Ruidoso Downs.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday’s nine All American Derby trials will meet in the September 6, $1 million-est. final. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the four All American Oaks heats will face off in the $300,000-est. final on September 6.
Here is a closer look at the New Mexico-breds entered in Sunday’s trials:
Six Pack Fame (Owner: Diamond Racing Stables; Trainer: Sergio Ibarra): A $26,000 buy at the 2018 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Six Pack Fame has won two of 10 races and has earned $117,389. The gelded son of Jesse James Jr raced three times at Sunland Park last winter and ran third, a neck behind winner First Neon Moon, in the 400-yard, $100,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds.
Once Upon A Vine (Owner: Martin C. Ybarra Jr.; Trainer: Umberto Belloc): A maiden after three outs, all at Ruidoso Downs, this Jesse James Jr gelding was a $45,000 yearling buy at the 2018 New Mexico-Bred Sale. Once Upon A Vine is coming off of a seventh-place finish in a 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trial on July 11.
Mister Riptide (Owners: Mark & Annette McCloy; Trainer: Charles “Duke” Shults): Raced exclusively at Ruidoso Downs, Mister Riptide has banked $743,498 from eight outs, and his six wins include last year’s 400-yard, $434,000 Zia Futurity (RG1), and the July 25, $183,000 Zia Derby (RG2). The Woodbridge gelding and $22,000 yearling purchase ran second, a neck behind winner Mr Jess Jenkins, in last year’s 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1).
Flashing Moolah (Owners: W.L. & Desiree Mooring, Mike Abraham and Randy Eastburg; Trainer: Blane Wood): A homebred gray son of AQHA champion First Moonflash, Flashing Moolah is coming off of a third-place finish, one length behind winner Mister Riptide, in the Zia Derby. The gelding has won one of four races and has earned $28,158.
Montevina (Owner: US Alliance Logistic; Trainer: Arnulfo Ascencio Jr.): A $20,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 New Mexico-Bred Sale, Montevina has won two of eight outs, including 400-yard, $29,600 non-winners-of-two allowance at Sunland Park in February, and he has banked $24,040. The gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel was a finalist in last year’s $393,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2).
Honky Tonk Daddy (Owner: US Alliance Logistic; Trainer: Arnulfo Ascencio Jr.): A daughter of Big Daddy Cartel and a $14,000 yearling purchase, Honky Tonk Daddy has earned $231,078 from 10 outs, and her three wins include a neck victory in last year’s New Mexico Spring Futurity. The filly was also a finalist in last year’s Zia (RG1) and New Mexico Cup (RG2) futurities.
Javys Brown Sugar (Owner: La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC; Trainer: Jose Efren Meraz): An $84,000 yearling buy at the 2018 New Mexico-Bred Sale, Javys Brown Sugar has banked $16,481 from 14 races. The First Moonflash filly is coming off of a half-length victory in a 400-yard maiden-special-weight dash on August 7.
Amethyst (Owner: MRB Racing LLC; Trainer: Manuel Rodolfo Rodriguez): A homebred daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion A Royal Jess, Amethyst has won two of six races and has earned $30,329, of which $29,439 has been banked from five starts at Ruidoso Downs. The filly was a finalist in last year’s 350-yard, $404,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG2).