Andrew Smith’s three-year-old Wicked Courage was named quarter horse of the meet and top three-year-old or older quarter horse while Jeffrey and Chris Meyers’ Treacherous was honored as the top thoroughbred and three-year-old or older thoroughbred for the recently concluded summer season at Ruidoso Downs.
Wicked Courage, a gelding by Captain Courage, moved to the top of the national rankings with Grade 1 wins in the $822,000 Ruidoso Derby and the $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby for trainer Luis Villafranco. The Rainbow Derby victory capped a nine-race winning streak for Wicked Courage.
Treacherous came to Ruidoso Downs for just one start, however he made that start count with a win in the $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship over one-and-one-sixteenth mile by two-and-one-quarter lengths. He previously had won the $100,000 Arapahoe Classic at Arapahoe Park.
Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez and Debra Laney’s Handsome Jack Flash was named the top two-year-old quarter horse after his wins in the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity and the Restricted Grade 1, $400,000 Zia Futurity over New Mexico-breds. He has won four of five starts, all at Ruidoso Downs, and earned $1,482,271.
R.D. Hubbard’s homebred Reaper won a tight competition to be named the top two-year-old thoroughbred. The New Mexico-bred son of Attila’s Storm is two-for-two with both of his starts at Ruidoso Downs. The Todd Fincher-trained colt made a four-wide move to with the $167,000 Mountain Top Futurity by one-and-one quarter lengths.
Racing returns to Ruidoso Downs on May 22 (the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend) with two days of trials to the Ruidoso Futurity.
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