RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 17, 2014) – Salvador’s Pimienta’s Emperor Valerian took the win in the $20,000 Brigand at 550 yards after Cjs Rocksolid finished first and was disqualified from the victory.
The revised order of finish moved Moon Dynasty up to second and Royal Guardian was placed third. Cjs Rocksolid was placed last in the 10-horse field.
Cjs Rocksolid made a big move in the final 100 yards to surge past the veteran Emperor Valerian, however he was drifting in from the outside post position and bothered Unshaken Secret.
The Brandon Muniz-trained Emperor Valerian, the 7-5 favorite, was timed in :26.595 with Ricky Ramirez aboard.
A six-year-old gelding by Heza Fast Dash, Emperor Valerian scored his second win from four starts at the 550-yard distance. He was second in this spring’s $35,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes over 550 yards at Remington Park. He closed out his Remington Park campaign with a win in the $50,000 Remington Park Distance Handicap over 870 yards at 18-1 odds.