Don and Peggy Boyles’ homebred Bf Farm Boss took charge to score the most important win of his career when he won the Grade 1, $815,045 Ruidoso Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon.
It was a one-two sweep for trainer Paul Jones with Bf Farm Boss getting the win and Glock finishing second.
“He was more ready (in the gate) this time than in his trial,” said winning rider Ramon Sanchez.
Bf Farm Boss got a solid start from the gate and is known for his closing kick. “About halfway through (the race) I knew I had it won,” Sanchez said.
The 5/2 favorite, Bf Farm Boss finished a neck in front of Glock. It was a neck between Glock and Jm Onfire in third.
Bf Farm Boss showed his class at Los Alamitos last year when he won the Grade 2, $365,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity and was second in the Grade 1, $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million. He made one start at Ruidoso Downs and was a non-qualifying winner of his All American Futurity trial.
“We knew that he likes this track and he just keeps getting better.” Jones said of the strapping colt. “He’s just a wonderful horse.”
Bf Farm Boss, by Hawkinson and out of Shirleys Strawfly, is a full brother to champion and Ruidoso Downs’440-yard track-record holder Strawkins, owned by the Boyles. The gelding set the track record of :20.736 when he won the 2006 Rainbow Derby with Jones training.
“It’s been nine years since his brother and it’s a great day,” Don Boyle said. “I called Paul when he was a yearling and said I have another Strawkins.”
“He’s a lot like Strawkins,” Jones said of the big colt who adores longer distances. The big difference is that Bf Farm Boss is a colt with breeding value and Strawkins is a gelding living the pampered life at Boyles’ Madras, Oregon farm.
“The horses are ready this year and we are having a great time,” Jones’ assistant trainer Lisa Saumell said. “I’m very happy. We’re all very happy.”
The plans for Bf Farm Boss are uncertain. He is not eligible for the Grade 1 $1million (est.) Rainbow Derby and is eligible to the Grade 1, $2.3 million (est.) All American Derby, each at 440 yards. It would cost $40,000 to supplement Bf Farm Boss to enter the Rainbow Derby trials on July 5.
Paul Blanchard’s Glock, a 19-1 outsider, ran a big race to finish second in his first stakes appearance.
“I’m very pleased,” said Blanchard. “He’s lightly raced (six starts). I was hoping he would catch Bf Farm Boss, but he’s a great horse.”
Glock was ridden by L. Salvador Martinez.
A son of Foose and Babe On The Fly, Glock now has three wins from seven starts. Babe On The Fly is also the dam of Ruidoso Derby fastest-qualifier Jm Specialwynn, who finished sixth.
Glock is eligible to the Rainbow Derby and the All American Derby.
Ruben Marquez’s Jm Onfire, the only filly in the race, was making just her fourth career start. Her only win came when she won her Ruidoso Futurity trial last year in her career debut.
The Walk Thru Fire daughter is trained by Albert Franco and ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna.
In the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry, for horses who did not qualify for the Ruidoso Derby, John and Kathy Lee’s Carters Last Straw flew in the final 100 yards to score his first stakes win.
Carters Last Straw raced the 400 yards in :19.549 with Adrian A. Ramos aboard.
Jose Luis Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love got an excellent start from the fourth post position and held the lead until the closing strides. Carters Last Straw and Jm Onehotchickie were both moving strongly on the outside and reeled in Moonstruck Love.
At the finish, Carters Last Straw was a neck ahead of Jm Onehotchickie and it was another neck back to Moonstruck Love.
Carters Last Straw closed out his juvenile campaign with a close second-place run in the Grade 3 $98,677 Sunland Winter Futurity in December and then returned for the Ruidoso Derby trials. A gelding by Carters Cartel from the Wes Giles barn, Carters Last Straw finished third in his trial and had the 21st-fastest qualifying time of :20.091 for the 400 yards.
Carters Last Straw’s only other career win from six starts was his Sunland Winter Futurity trial score.
Runner-up Jm Onehotchickie won her maiden when she took her Ruidoso Derby trial by one-and-one-quarter lengths with the 11th-fastest qualifying time of :19.911
Moonstruck Love, the 9-5 favorite, was looking for his fourth-straight win. The Jones-trained gelding won the $95,000 Shue Fly Handicap over New Mexico-breds in January.