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Trendi Scores Major Upset Over Kiss My Hocks In $900,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 20, 2014) – William Smith’s Trendi pulled off the upset of the year at 44-1 odds by handing number-one-ranked Kiss My Hocks his first defeat in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            Trendi defeated Kiss My Hocks by a neck and it was another neck back to third-place finisher Eagle On The Fly.

            The Larry Gamez-ridden Trendi covered the 400 yards in :19.525.

            Trendi got off to a quick start. “Then she hit a slick spot and I had to pick her up,” said jockey Larry Gamez. “She came a running at the end. I knew that I had it won.

            “That was a big win, now it’s on to the All American (Futurity).” Trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity will be on August 14-15 at Ruidoso Downs.

            This could be turning into a sister-brother act. Trendi’s full brother, Stolis Winner, won the 2008 Rainbow Futurity and then went on to win the All American Futurity and was named world champion as a two-year-old. With that breeding, breeder Jerry Windham sold Trendi to Smith for $210,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Trendi and Stolis Winner are each by Stoli and out of Veva Jean.

            Trendi won her first two starts, including her Ruidoso Futurity trial, and then was second to Logans Zoomin in their Rainbow Futurity trial as the 17-10 favorite. She was the second-fastest qualifier on the second-day of Rainbow Futurity trials. That was the day when the three-fastest qualifiers, including Trendi, came out of the first trial.

            “When I got her, she had already won (a maiden race at Delta Downs),” said trainer Wes Giles, who won the 2007 Rainbow Futurity with Wild Six.

            “If she would have run in the top-three I would have been happy. But, of course, you always want to win,” said Giles. “She can’t read, so she wasn’t worried (about Kiss My Hocks).”

            Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks, the dominating 3-10 favorite, sustained his first setback after reeling off five-straight wins on his way to being ranked as the number-one two-year-old in the weekly AQHA national poll.

            The son of Tempting Dash won the Grade 2, $564,000 Sam Houston Futurity and the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity during his winning streak.

            It also ended his chances of taking the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus, which has never been paid. It goes to the connections of any horse who can win the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities at Ruidoso Downs.

            The Toby Keeton-trained Kiss My Hocks did not have the cleanest of trips from the outside post position. “He lost his footing (at the start) and stumbled into (Jm Miracle). Trendi was gone and we just couldn’t run her down,” said jockey Cody Jensen. He was attempting to become the second jockey to take the Rainbow Derby and the Rainbow Futurity during the same year. He won the Rainbow Derby with Houdini on Saturday afternoon.

            Martin Ibarra’s third-place finisher Eagle On The Fly, a daughter of One Famous Eagle, was trying for her third-straight win. She was a non-qualifying winner of her Ruidoso Futurity trial in her career debut and then won her Rainbow Futurity trial by one length.

            In the $50,000 Rainbow Juvenile, Ascencion Fernandez Jr.’s Tf Cajun Cartel was able to hold off a furious closing charge from You N Me to score his second win in his third career start.

            Tf Cajun Cartel got a clean break from the gate under Tanner Thedford and surged to the lead in the 400-yard test for horses who did not qualify for the Rainbow Futurity. The Corona Cartel son held on to win by head with a :19.773 time.

            The Fernando Carrete-trained colt was fourth in a maiden race at Remington Park and then won his Rainbow Futurity trial by a neck in a non-qualifying :19.732 for 400 yards.

            You N Me, ridden by Joe Badilla Jr., is still a maiden after three starts, however the Teller Cartel daughter has a promising future after making her eye-catching late run to nearly win. She was third in her previous start.

            Valeriano Racing Stables’ Chasin Mojo was one-half length back for third. The Keeton-trained gelding won his maiden at Ruidoso Downs on June 8 and then was second in his Rainbow Futurity trial.

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