RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 3, 2014) – Raymundo Medrano and Sammy Valeriano’s Jody Pops Zoomer prepared for his expected start in the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup by disposing of his rivals in the Grade 3, $20,000 Mr Jet Moore Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.
The 440-yard All American Gold Cup will be held on August 30 and the winner receives an invitation to the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Race Course in December.
Jody Pops Zoomer, the 5-2 favorite, got an excellent start under G. R. Carter Jr. and steadily increased his advantage throughout the 400 yards. He covered the distance in :19.418 over a muddy track while defeating Jesscuzican by one-half length. Rockin Disco was another one-half length behind Jesscuzican for third in the deep full field of older horses.
A gelded son of Zoomin For Bux, Jody Pops Zoomer scored his second stakes win from as many starts this summer at Ruidoso Downs. The member of the Toby Keeton barn won the $30,000 Higheasterjet at 350 yards in his previous start.
Jody Pops Zoomer closed out his sophomore season in 2013 with a one-half length win in the Grade 1, $394,000 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park.
Darian Burt’s homebred Jesscizican is also eligible to the All American Gold Cup. He was also second to Jody Pops Zoomer in the Higheasterjet. The Wes Giles-trained horse was placed first in the Grade 2, $105,480 Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge through a disqualification.
Rockin J Running Horses’ Rockin Disco, trained by Tammy Kay Johnson, ran a strong race along the rail. He was placed second via disqualification in the Grade 2, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic back in May.
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