RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 13, 2014) – Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks will be the strong favorite to take a big step towards the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus when he stands out in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The All American Triple Crown Bonus, the largest in quarter horse racing, has never been awarded. It would go to the connections of any horse who can win the Ruidoso Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. Kiss My Hocks has already won the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity and is the horse to beat in the Rainbow Futurity. As the number-one two-year-old in the weekly AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll, he must be considered the leading prospect for the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity.
If Kiss My Hocks sweeps the three futurities and takes the bonus, his total earnings this summer at Ruidoso Downs would approach $6 million. He earned $227,380 before he made his first Ruidoso Downs’ start.
A son of Tempting Dash, Kiss My Hocks established a 330-yard Sam Houston Race Park track record in his first start when he set the top-qualifying time to the Grade 2, $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity. He then stood out in the Sam Houston Futurity by one-half length.
Trainer Toby Keeton then brought Kiss My Hocks to Ruidoso Downs and he lived up to expectations in the Ruidoso Futurity trials by racing to the top-qualifying on the first day of two days of trials. He won by three lengths and defeated Jm Miracle ‑ who could be his primary rival in the Rainbow Futurity – by one half length.
Kiss My Hocks turned in another stunning trial performance in his Rainbow Futurity trial. He won by three-and-one-half lengths and his time of :19.481 was the top mark on the first day of trials.
Cody Jensen rides Kiss My Hocks with the outside post position in the 10-horse field.
The second- and third-place horses in the Ruidoso Futurity – J & M Racing and Farms’ Jm Miracle and Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Dash ‑ are back for another shot at Kiss My Hocks.
Jm Miracle turned in an impressive effort in the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity, just his second start, when he made a late surge from the outside to get within one-half length of Kiss My Hocks.
A gelding by Volcom, Jm Miracle set the fourth-fastest time on the second day of trials. It was a rare day of trials in which the top-three qualifiers all came out of the first trial. They are Logans Zoomin, Trendi and Tempting Valor.
Jm Miracle won the ninth trial by two-and-three-quarter lengths with the fourth-fastest time of :19.706, the quickest mark by a horse not in the first heat.
Jm Miracle starts next to Kiss My Hocks from the ninth post position. Alonso Rivera will be aboard.
Bodacious Eagle, who Trotter bought as an embryo for $8,000, became his favorite yearling and has developed into a solid Grade 1 futurity horse under the guidance of trainer Blane Wood.
A gelding by One Famous Eagle, Bodacious Eagle was overlooked at 20-1 odds in the Ruidoso Futurity, despite winning his trial by one length. He then was one-and-one-half lengths behind Kiss My Hocks for third in the Ruidoso Futurity.
Respected at 1-2 odds in his Rainbow Futurity trial, Bodacious Eagle drew out to a one-and-three-quarter-length trial win with a :19.655 time. The only horse with a quicker time on the day was Kiss My Hocks.
Ricky Ramirez rides Bodacious Eagle from the fifth post position.
Boi George and Wild Sixes Cartel also bring stakes credentials into the Rainbow Futurity.
Miguel Gallegos and Maurcio Gallegos’ Boi George won the Grade 2, $263,636 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park while Wild Sixes Cartel – owned by Thomas Bradbury, Thomas Bradbury Jr. and Lisa Beauprez – was second in the Grade 2, $261,200 Kindergarten at Los Alamitos.
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