Pink Day at the Races to raise awareness and fight breast cancer along with the $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) and the $50,000 Aspen Cup provide a special Saturday racing program at Ruidoso Downs.
First post time for the nine-race program is 1 p.m. with the Aspen Cup running as the seventh race and the Mr Jet Moore going as the eighth race. The six-furlong Aspen Cup is for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies while the 400-yard Mr Jet Moore brings out three-year-old and older quarter horses.
This is the seventh annual Pink Day at the Races at Ruidoso Downs. The proceeds go Altrusa’s cancer fund and stay in the local area. There will be giveaways, special gifts for the connections of winning horses, a silent auction and T-shirts being sold.
Terry Baber’s always dangerous Sam Crow thrives at Ruidoso Downs and had three second-place finishes in Remington Park stakes this spring.
As a two-year-old in 2014, Sam Crow was third in the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity. The Valiant Hero-sired gelding returned last summer to grab seconds in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1, $2.3-million All American Derby for trainer Blane Wood.
Sam Crow, a $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, finished second in the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes, $70,000 Remington Park Mr Jet Moore Stakes and the $70,000 Mighty Deck Three Stakes this spring. He pushed his career earnings to $913,017.
Regular rider Ricky Ramirez has the mount on Sam Crow with the inside post position.
Ted Abrams’ homebred Jessies First Down is on a roll with four wins and two seconds from his six starts this year. The Fdd Dynasty-sired gelding took the Miami-Dade County Stakes at Hialeah Park in February and the traveled to Sam Houston Race Park with the Judd Kearl stable to finish second in the Grade 2, $107,730 Bank of American Sam Houston Challenge to 2014 world champion JRC Callas First and then won the Grade 2, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic, his latest start.
Cody Jensen picks up the mount on Jessies First Down with the third post position.
In the Aspen Cup, Ten Broeck Farm, Inc.’s Moment Is Right has faced stronger competition and won the $250,000 Astoria Stakes last year at Belmont Park. The filly by Medaglia d’Oro and produced by Grade 2 winner Rite Moment burst from the gate in the five-and-one-half furlong Astoria, gave up the lead to Decked Out in the stretch and came back to win by one-and-one-half lengths.
The Steve Asmussen-trained Moment Is Right was second in the $50,000 Pleasanton Oaks during the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meet two starts ago.
Alfredo Juarez Jr. has the mount on Moment Is Right with the fifth post position.
Donn Start’s Zenita is stepping up in class for the Aspen Cup after a total domination of an optional-claiming race at The Downs at Albuquerque in her most recent start. The Zensational-sired filly went to the front and then drew out to a seven-length win over five-and-one-half furlongs.
A winner of four of nine lifetime starts, Zenita starts from the second post position with Renny Arrieta up for trainer Pedro Hernandez-Sandoval.
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