Bob and Virginia McClure’s Senator Fast Jack got up in the finals strides to score a 18-1 upset in the $25,000 John Andreini Stakes at 440 yards while Illtakeyouforaride took the $20,000 Bill Reed Stakes during a stakes doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The John Andreini and the Bill Reed started the stakes action on All American weekend at Ruidoso Downs. Sunday’s program is led by the Grade 1, $1,550,855 All American Derby and the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup. Ruidoso Downs’ ultimate afternoon of racing is on Monday, highlighted by the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity.
Senator Fast Jack, ridden by Noe Garcia Jr., used all of the quarter mile to rally and win the Andreini. He started cleanly from the outside post position and found an extra gear to score his first win since December.
The Dean Frey-owned, -bred and -trained Kowboy Jim finished second, a neck behind Senator Fast Jack. It was another neck back to third-place finisher Apollitical Flying.
Senator Fast Jack was timed in :21.663 for the quarter mile.
“He’s runner. He’s just had back luck,” winning trainer Harvey Baeza said. “I thought that if he was going to win it then he would win it between 400 (yards) and 440 (yards).”
It was the first win for Senator Fast Jack since he won a Zia Park allowance race last December.
Kowboy Jim was third in last year’s Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship and is winless from five starts this year.
Rudy Valles and Janet Case Rogers’ Apollitical Fying won the $101,000 Maiden Stakes at Los Alamitos in February. The Valles-trained gelding was a close second in a an allowance race two starts before the Andreini.
In the 870-yard Bill Reed, Illtakeyouforaride Partnership’s quarter horse Illtakeyouforaride pulled alongside pacesetter Amsterdams Big Daddy on the turn and then easily defeated the late-running thoroughbred Midevil Hero to gain his second win from two starts following a layoff.
Executive Trust got up for third while Amsterdams Big Daddy faded to fifth.
The Kelsi Purcell-ridden Illtakeyouforaride was timed in :45.457 for the four-and-three-quarter-length win over Midevil Hero. It was three quarters of a length further back to third-place finisher Executive Trust.
The Fdd Dynasty-sired Illtakeyouforaride, trained by Mike Joiner, came off a nine-month layoff to win an 870-yard allowance race by two lengths at Ruidoso Downs on August 11.
Karina Aldavaz’s Midevil Hero made an impressive late run through the stretch to win the 1,000-yard Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial Stakes in her previous effort.
The Jaime Aldavaz-trained filly was the only female in the Bill Reed.
Casey Chavez was aboard.
Sherree Meridyth’s Executive Trust was caught by Midevil Hero in the Crenshaw and settled for second place. He is trained by Guadalupe Munoz Jr. and was ridden by Jansen Melancon.