RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (June 28, 2014) – Raymundo Medrano and Sammy Valeriano’s Jodys Pop Zoomer ran away from his rivals to dominate the Grade 3, $30,000 Higheasterjet Handicap on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Also on the program was the $62,550 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge over 400 yards with Kansas Morning prevailing in a tight battle.
Jody Pops Zoomer got a clean start under all-time leading jockey G.R. Carter Jr. and then humbled his rivals with his class. The gelded son of Zoomin For Bux was clocked in :17.518 for the 350 yards. He won by an expanding three quarters of a length over Jesscuzican while Wasting No Corona was third in the field of nine older horses.
A member of the hot Toby Keeton stable, Jody Pop Zoomer showed his class when he won the Grade 1, $394,000 Texas Classic Derby back in November at Lone Star Park. He came into the Higheasterjet after finishing fourth, but was placed third, in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational.
Jody Pops Zoomer’s impressive late run in the Higheasterjet and his Grade1 credentials make him a prospect for the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup over 440 yards on Labor Day weekend at Ruidoso Downs. The Gold Cup winner receives an invitation to the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion Of Champions at Los Alamitos in December.
In the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge, Burley Jenkins’ homebred Kansas Morning prevailed in a duel with Angel Nieto’s Latest Theory to score his first win since taking last summer’s $55,000 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge.
Even-money favorite Big Biz Perry, winner of the 2013 Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity, made a run on the outside of the track, however could not reel in the top-two finishers.
Latest Theory got an excellent start from the second post position and Kansas Morning, starting from the third post position, pulled alongside midway through the 400-yard test.
The Cody Jensen-ridden Kansas Morning, a gelding by Fdd Dynasty, fought to win by a neck with a :19.820 time. It was another neck back to the charging Big Biz Perry.
Trained by Mike Joiner, Kansas Morning won his first race since winning his maiden in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge last August. He was then off until he returned in May to finish fifth in a Ruidoso Downs allowance race. He moved forward off that effort to run second by a nose to Big Biz Perry in their Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trial with the fifth-fastest qualifying time of :19.950.