Champion Ochoa Works at Ruidoso

May 8, 2012

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Ochoa. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

Champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Ochoa made what could be his final serious preparation for his seasonal debut when he worked 220 yards in :12.01 from the Ruidoso Downs’ gate this morning.

Ochoa could make his first start since winning the All American Futurity on Labor Day in the trials to the $800,000-est. Ruidoso Derby (G1) on May 26, at Ruidoso Downs.

The summer racing season at Ruidoso Downs starts on Friday, May 25, with the daylong trials to the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

“He’s been doing really well and we’re looking at the Ruidoso Derby trials,” said trainer Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath.  

Ochoa, a gelded son of Tres Seis, races for the partnership of J Bar 7 Ranch, Monty and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson and made each of his four career starts last summer at Ruidoso Downs. He was third in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and then dominated the $2.4 million All American Futurity by1 1/2 lengths as the 8-5 favorite.

The 2011 champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old gelding, Ochoa has started four times with three wins and earnings of $1,244,200.

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