RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 10, 2014) – Bobby Cox’s homebred Wahoo, the 13-10 favorite, went to the front from the third post position and disposed of Whiteface Eagle to take the $30,000 Master Salls Handicap over 870 yards at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.
Wahoo and Whiteface Eagle, who started outside of Wahoo, sprinted to the front and were neck-and-neck rounding the turn. Wahoo then pulled away when he was able to stay close to the rail entering the stretch while Whiteface Eagle drifted out. Whiteface Eagle made a bid, however jockey Russel Hadley mildly urged Wahoo and he easily secured the one-length win.
Jessa Little Rusty was another three-and-one-half lengths back in third.
Wahoo was the making his first start since he was named champion distance horse of the meet this spring at Remington Park. All of his Remington Park starts came at 870 yards. He won the Grade 3, $51,800 Paul’s Valley Handicap and the Grade 3, $47,250 Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge.
A five-year-old gelding by Feature Mr Jess, Wahoo was second as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade 3, $56,390 Remington Park Distance Championship to Emperor Valerian, who is entered in the $20,000 Brigand at 550 yards next Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.
Mexas Racing Team’s Whiteface Eagle was second in the $30,000 Fine Loom Handicap in her previous start. She now has a first and a second from three starts around the turn.
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