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Joiner Wins Two of Three Trials To Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (June 13, 2014) – Trainer Mike Joiner won two of the three trials to the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge, including saddling fastest-qualifier J Bar, on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            Jerry Windham’s homebred J Bar won the first trial in :19.723 and then the Joiner-trained Whip Curl won the second trial in :20.107 for the eighth-fastest time.

            J Bar will be making his first stakes appearance after winning two of his previous four starts, all as a two-year-old. Last summer at Ruidoso Downs, the Jess Zoomin-sired gelding won his John Deere Juvenile Challenge trial and then his All American Futurity trial.

            The Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trial was his first start since a second-place run in the trials to the Dash For Cash Futurity back in September at Lone Star Park.

            Paul Jones and Chad Richard’s homebred Make A Wish For Me finished one-half length behind J Bar for second with the second-fastest time :19.814. The Brookstone Bay gelding won the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge last August for his most recent victory.

            Jose Espinosa’s Big Biz Perry, a late-charging winner of the third trial in :19.945, should gain attention in the June 28 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on the strength of her stakes record. She narrowly won the 2013 $1 million Heritage Place Futurity over the highly regarded Hes Relentless, who recently set a Remington Park track record.

            Trained by Blane Wood, Big Biz Perry was making her first start since racing in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity in November.

            Burly Jenkins’ Kansas Morning was caught at the finish by Big Biz Perry and is a third qualifier from the Joiner stable.

            Big Biz Perry was timed in :19.945 while Kansas Morning was clocked in :19.950.


2014 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Qualifiers

Horse/Trial #                                      Trainer                                 Jockey                                   Wind                      Time

J Bar/1                                                   Mike Joiner                           GR Carter Jr.                         8h                           19.723

Make A Wish For Me/1                      Paul Jones                             Cody Jensen                         8h                           19.814

Dash Through Fire/1                           Blane Wood                         Ricky Ramirez                     8h                           19.861

Big Biz Perry/3                                     Blane Wood                         Ricky Ramirez                     5h                           19.945

Kansas Morning/3                               Mike Joiner                           Cody Jensen                         5h                           19.950

Eyes Your Date/1                                Jose Cruz                               Omar Reyes                          8h                           19.973

Latest Theory/3                                   Harvey Baeza                      Berkley Packer                     5h                           20.011

Whip Curl/2                                          Mike Joiner                           Cody Jensen                         10h                         20.017

First Down McLaren B/3                   Eddie Willis                           Jimmy Brooks                      5h                           20.021

Anniversary Scooter/3                        Roman Solis                         Edgar Martinez                    5h                           20.032