Valiant Tiberias Fastest Ruidoso Maiden Stakes Qualifier On Opening Day

Sergio Holguin’s Valiant Tiberias highlighted opening day on Friday at Ruidoso Downs by establishing the fastest qualifying time to the $116,840 Ruidoso Maiden Stakes.

There were seven 350-yard trials to the Maiden Stakes with the horses posting the 10-fastest times eligible to return to compete in the Maiden Stakes on Memorial Day, May 27.

The Maiden Stakes is for three-year-olds through five-year-olds who had not won a race as of March 1, 2019.

Valiant Tiberias won the final trial in :17.332 over a fast track under J.R. Ramirez.

A three-year-old gelding by Valiant Hero, Valiant Tiberias went to the front and then dominated by one-and-one-quarter lengths. J.R. Ramirez was the jockey.

Valiant Tiberias, making his first start for trainer Ricardo Armendariz, returned to racing after a 10-month layoff to score his first career win in his fourth start.

“I’ve only had him about six months,” Armendariz said. “He was a head case and is finally getting it together.

“We knew we had a horse, but didn’t know he was this fast.”

Kid Comeback was second behind Valiant Tiberias and is the fifth-fastest qualifier.

Owned by Jimmy Vasquez and Angela Vasquez, Jess Saying is the second-fastest qualifier.

Jess Saying, a $27,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, was timed in :17.443 while winning the second trial over a track labeled as good.

Jaime Parga Leos rode Jess Saying for the first time. “She’s really good,” Leos said. “She’s fast and she finishes really strong.”

The three-year-old Jess Saying got a solid start in her trial and then showed her closing kick to grab the expanding one-half length win. It was her first win from seven career races.

Jess Saying, a daughter of Mr Jess Perry, showed class as a two-year-old. She finished second while being beaten by only a nose in the $344,000 Hobbs America Futurity.

Also qualifying from the second trial were A Taylor Dynasty, Quemados Royal Moon, Flash For Corona and Prince Of Bo Dash.

Juvenile class was also evident in eighth-fastest qualifier No Mires a La Luna, owned by David Valdez with breeder Byron Woodard.

No Mires a La Luna, with Raul Ramirez Jr. aboard for the first time, broke cleanly in the first trial and then prevailed by a neck. No Mires a La Luna was timed in :17.602 over a track rated as good.

A New Mexico-bred gelding by First Moonflash, No Mires a La Luna was making his first start since a third-place finish in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

The Trey Ellis-trained No Mires a La Luna was third by a neck in the $346,000 Mountain Top Futurity last June at Ruidoso Downs.

“We gave him a break over the winter,” Ellis said. “The conditions of this race couldn’t have worked out any better for him. We get to race for $100,000 instead of working him.”

The unofficial Ruidoso Maiden Stakes qualifiers and their times are Valiant Tiberias (:17.332), Jess Saying (:17.443), A Taylor Dynasty (:17.515), Quemados Royal Moon (:17.516), Kid Comeback (:17.554), Flash For Corona (:17.584), Prince Of Bo Dash (:17.594), No Mires a La Luna (:17.602), Confidential Class (:17.608) and Cr Seis Pack Corona (:17.631).

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