Monday, September 05, 2011
A sharp break from post 9 helped fastest qualifier Ochoa win Monday's 440-yard, $2.4-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by Roy Baldillez, who substituted for the injured Jacky Martin, Ochoa covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.05 while recording his third victory in four starts. C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath saddled the
gelding by champion Tres Seis for John T.L. and Brenda Jones' J Bar 7, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Doug and Shavon Benson.
Ochoa validated his status as the 8-5 favorite and returned a $5.20 win mutuel. His winning margin was 1 ½ lengths from Jess Send Me.
Ochoa was bred in Texas by John Jones Jr. Interests Ltd., and the gelding became the 33rd stakes winner sired by Tres Seis, a Grade 1-winning 12-year-old stallion by Sixarun and the AQHA champion 2-year-old colt in 2001. The runner-up to stablemate Ausual Suspect in that season's All American Futurity, Tres Seis has sired the earners of more than $11.2 million from six crops.
Tres Seis' top runners include Grade 1 winners Tres Passes, Wild Six, and Diamond Tres Seis. The stallion is owned by a partnership and stands at JEH Stallion Station at Pilot Point, Texas.
Ochoa is also the first starter produced by the 8-year-old Stoli mare Stolis Fortune. The gelding's second dam, Splashing Fortune, is a winning daughter of Six Fortunes and half sister to Beat Your Pants Off, a stakes winner and the dam of AQHA champions Jumping Tac Flash and Splash Bac.
This year's All American Futurity offered a stakes-record purse and the richest purse in Quarter Horse racing history, and the $1.2-million winner's share pushed Ochoa's bankroll to $1,244,200. On July 24, the gelding ran third, one length behind winner Feature Mr Bojangles, in the 400-yard, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso.
“I probably don't realize how lucky I am – I'm just happy to be here,” said Jones after the race. “I wanted the best horse to win, and maybe today (Ochoa) was.”
Ochoa represents Gilbreath's third All American Futurity winner. The veteran trainer won the race in 1983 with On A High, and again seven years later with Refrigerator.
Tee Cos finished third, a neck behind runner-up Jess Send Me. Lotta Love For Robyn, Lethal Volt, Jess Cuervo, Denver Pass, Mr Ease 123, Bills Last, and Big Daddy Cartel completed the official order of finish.
Big Daddy Cartel actually crossed the wire eighth, but the Corona Cartel colt was disqualified and placed 10th following a stewards' inquiry.
An announced crowd of 22,650 attended this year's 12-race All American Futurity program, which ended Ruidoso Downs' 60-day season. A total of $1,506,200 was wagered on the card, of which $624,961 was bet on the All American.