RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (June 1, 2014) – Quarter horse racing’s number-one-ranked two-year-old, Kiss My Hocks, comes off a sensational trial victory to head the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity on Sunday (June 8) at Ruidoso Downs.
The 400-yard Ruidoso Futurity is the first of the three classic Grade1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs. The $900,000 Rainbow Futurity is on July 20 and the $2.6 million All American Futurity is the season’s ultimate event on Labor Day.
Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks is the number-one horse in the weekly AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll and may still be improving for trainer Toby Keeton, who calls him “a once in a lifetime horse.”
Kiss My Hocks started his career at Sam Houston Race Park and showed he is special when he broke a 12-year-old track in his career debut, setting the fastest-qualifying time to the Grade 2, $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity. He backed up that amazing debut with a one-half length win in the Sam Houston Futurity.
The son of Tempting Dash then made his first Ruidoso Downs’s start on the first of two days of Ruidoso Futurity trials. The horses with the five-fastest times from each of those trial days comprise the futurity field. There were 12 trials on each day.
There was little doubt who was the best horse on that day. Kiss My Hocks drew away from his rivals to win by an easy three lengths at 3-10 odds to set the day’s top time of :17.281 for 350 yards.
Cody Jensen, who rode Kiss My Hocks in his trial, is aboard with the sixth position.
The 12-time national champion trainer Paul Jones sent out a filly with a huge upside, Famous Corona Lady, to lead the qualifiers on the second-day of trials.
Jon and Donna McPherson’s Famous Corona Lady won her career debut by three lengths and set the top-qualifying time by the slimmest of times, just one thousandth of a second. Famous Corona Lady stopped the timer in :17.367 while Jm Miracle and Flashy First Cartel share the second-fastest time of :17.368.
“She’s been a superstar since the start (of her training),” said Jones.
The blue-blooded Famous Corona Lady was a $155,000 purse at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. She is by leading sire Corona Cartel and her dam, One Famous Lady, also produced leading sire and champion One Famous Eagle.
Esgar Ramirez gets back aboard Famous Corona Lady with the ninth post position.
Jm Miracle and Flashy First Cartel also made their career debuts in the Ruidoso Futurity trials.
J&M Racing and Farms’ Jm Miracle won his trial by one-and-one-half lengths while Crowson Racing’s Flashy First Cartel was a three-quarter-length trial winner.
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