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Ochoa Back in Mr Jet Moore

Champion Ochoa returns for Ruidoso's Mr Jet Moore Handicap.

Q-Racing Journal
August 2, 2013

All-time leading money earner and two-time champion Ochoa returns to the scene of his most important victories when he totes high weight of 129 pounds in the $30,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) over 400 yards on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Owned by J Bar 7 Ranch, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Doug Benson, Ochoa (Tres Seis-Stolis Fortune by Stoli) has earned $2,669,615, with $2,602,553 of that total coming at Ruidoso Downs. He easily would be the all-time leading money earner on his Ruidoso Downs’ earnings alone.

With eight wins from 10 Ruidoso Downs starts, with very troubled starts in his two local loses, Ochoa has earned championship honors each of the previous two years on the strength of wins at Ruidoso Downs in the $2.4 million 2011 All American Futurity (G1) and the 2012 runnings of the $903,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) and $2.2 million All American Derby (G1). The gelding was the 2011 champion 2-year-old and the 2012 champion 3-year-old.

The member of the potent Sleepy Gilbreath stable is making his second 2013 start after finishing second, beaten by a neck as the 7-5 favorite, in the Remington Park Championship (G1) on June 13.

Ochoa has a history of troubled starts, including losing all chance at the start of the 2012 Ruidoso Derby and finishing ninth as the 17-10 choice. Therefore, the connections of Ochoa’s six rivals are probably hoping for some good fortune in the Mr Jet Moore.

Diamond Racing Stables’ The Steel Wave (Ocean Runaway-Fashionisanattitude by Streakin La Jolla) takes a step up in class after winning his only 2013 start back in March at Sunland Park. The Kristopher Cordova-trained gelding won a $40,000 optional-claiming race by a head, with a sharp :21.336 time for 440 yards.

Robert Sanchez’s Eyein This Feature (Feature Mr Jess-This Girl Is Special by Special Effort) was seventh to Ochoa in the All American Derby and comes off a third-place run in the Higheasterjet Handicap (G3). The Juan Gonzalez-trained gelding was awarded first in his Hobbs America Derby trial.