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