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Jm Specialwynn Sets Top Time To $815,000 Ruidoso Derby

Ty Wyant

           J&M Racing and Farm’s Jm Specialwynn won the first of 10 trials to the Grade 1, $815,000 Ruidoso Derby on Sunday and his time of :19.796 for 400 yards held up as the top time on an afternoon that saw each of last summer’s Grade 1 futurity winners defeated.

            The horses with the 10-fastest times qualify for the 400-yard Ruidoso Derby on June 6 and non-qualifiers may compete in the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry on the same day. Preference for the Mr Jess Perry depends on the horse’s trial time.

            Jm Specialwynn easily took his trial by two lengths for trainer Albert Franco. The Walk Thru Fire son’s only other career win from five starts came when he took the $100,000 All American Juvenile last Labor Day weekend.

            Jockey Ramon Sanchez had never ridden Jm Specialwynn in a race. “I think the wind might have been a little lower when he ran (nine-mile-per-hour headwind), but he ran a good race,” said Sanchez. “I was only on him once in the morning.” The nine mile-per-hour wind was one of three trials with that wind speed, the lowest of the afternoon.

            Sanchez also qualified fifth-fastest qualifier Bf Farm Boss, one of three finalists from the Paul Jones barn.

            Leading the Jones trio is second-fastest qualifier Bone Chillin, a First Down Dash gelding who is finding his form as a three-year-old.

            Bone Chillin was winless from two starts last year, but is now two-for-two this year.

            The gelding won a maiden race by three quarters of a length in March at Sunland Park and came back to take the eighth Ruidoso Derby trial by a length and one quarter. He was clocked in :19.813.

            “He ran a huge race,” said jockey Cody Jensen. “Last year, he looked good at the ranch, but he just lost interest. So he was gelded and turned out. He’s really matured and just look at him.” Bone Chillin was waking ahead of Jensen and showing his large stifle and gaskin.

            Bone Chillin was a $200,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale by 5 Guys and Fries Partnership.

            Jones also saddled fourth-fastest qualifier Glock and fifth-fastest qualifier Bf Farm Boss. Glock was timed in :19.820 while prevailing in a three-horse blanket finish, Bf Farm Boss ran like his older brother and Ruidoso Downs’ 440-yard track-record holder Strawkin to get a late running :19.824 time.

            “Strawkins was quieter, but he is a gelding,” said Jones. “They are both big horses who like a distance of ground.”

            Last summer’s futurity winners did not have their best days while each was coming off a winter-long layoff. Champion and Ruidoso Futurity winner Kiss My Hocks was fourth in the seventh trial, All American Futurity winner Jm Miracle was second in the ninth trial and Rainbow Futurity winner Trendi finished second and then disqualified in the fifth trial.

            Leading the eligible horses for the Mr Jess Perry is 11th-fastest qualifier Jm Onehotchickie. The First Down Dash filly won the fourth trial in :19.911.

            Jm Onehotchickie has the same owner and trainer as top-qualifier Jm Specialwynn.

            Ruidoso Downs’ first three days have seen exceptional handle figures. On Saturday, the handle was $711,854, which was up 27 percent over a year ago. There were 12 races, including 10 Ruidoso Derby trials, on the comparable 2014 day.


2015 Ruidoso Derby Qualifiers

Horse/Trial #                             Trainer                         Jockey                           Wind                Time

Jm Specialwynn/1                       Albert Franco                  Ramon Sanchez               9h                     19.796

Bone Chillin/8                            Paul Jones                      Cody Jensen                   13h                   19.813

Tempting Destiny/2                     Mike Joiner                    GR Carter                      9h                     19.817

Glock/7                                     Paul Jones                      Sal Martinez                   10h                   19.820

Bf Farm Boss/6                           Paul Jones                      Ramon Sanchez               15h                   19.824

Colbalt Creek/7                           John Stinebaugh              Omar Reyes                    10h                   19.853

Jm Onfire/7                                Albert Franco                  Felipe Garcia-Luna           10h                   19.865

First Famous Effort/10                  John Stinebaugh              Omar Reyes                    14h                   19.883

Fast Copy Kat/2                          Brian Muse                    Cody Jensen                   9h                     19.899

Thunderball B/6                          Mike Joiner                    GR Carter                      15h                   19.904


Eligible for the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry

Jm Onehotchickie/4                     Albert Franco                  Jesse Levario                  15h                   19.911

Moonstruck Love/3                      Paul Jones                      Sal Martinez                   11h                   19.933

Sam Crow/9                               Blane Wood                   Ricky Ramirez                12h                   19.933

Apolliticalsignature/2                   Blane Wood                   Ricky Ramirez                9h                     19.954

Jm Famous Master/7                    Albert Franco                  Jesse Levario                  13h                   20.009

Visual Magic/10                          Blane Wood                   Ricky Ramirez                14h                   20.026

Lethal Perry/5                             Blane Wood                   Ricky Ramirez                14h                   20.031

Rebas Corona Eagle/3                  Blane Wood                   Ricky Ramirez                11h                   20.079

Jm Miracle/9                              Albert Franco                  Ramon Sanchez               12h                   20.079

Flashy First Cartel/4                    Anna Marie Crowson       Tanner Thedford              15h                   20.089