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Dead Heat in John Deere Ruidoso Trials

Final for Grade 3 event set for August 4.

July 20, 2012

The photo finish camera could not separate Llano Cartel and Fastpass Regard in the fourth of six trials, so they share the fastest-qualifying time to the Grade 3, $60,030 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.

The 400-yard trials were contested as the first six races on Friday’s nine-race card at the New Mexico track.

Wootan Racing’s Llano Cartel, with Esgar Ramirez up, and KH Logax’s Fastpass Regard, under Jaime Parga Leos, dueled in the final 100 yards and finished on even terms with each recording a :17.493 time.

This Stoli Rocks was 1 ½ lengths behind in third in the trial and raced to the 10th-fastest qualifying time of :17.730.

Llano Cartel won his maiden in the trial, however he showed potential when he was second in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile (R) back in April.

Fastpass Regard won his maiden in May at Turf Paradise and then followed a pair of on-the-board finishes before the dead-heat trial win.

For a complete list of qualifiers, click here.