Carters Cookie Stars in Rainbow Futurity

Rising star becomes the first stakes winner for champion Carters Cartel.

July 22, 2012

The best time in American Quarter Horse racing to becoming a rising star is right now, and Carters Cookie is the rising star at the right time after an impressive win in the Grade 1, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

This is the right time for stardom because – besides earning $350,000 – Carters Cookie is now two-for-two with a major futurity win, and the trials to the Grade 1, $2.4-million All American Futurity are fast approaching on August 16.

Carters Cookie stood out in the Rainbow Futurity. He broke well from the seventh post position, lugged in midway through the race and easily held off Vancouver Moon for the 1 1/4-length victory in :19.612 for 400 yards.

Blaze Carver, a 23-1 outsider, was another half-length back for third.

“This is a really good horse,” winning rider G.R. Carter Jr. said. “We knew he could run this spring; we knew he had talent, but I have to commend (trainer) Mike (Joiner) for waiting with him.”

Waiting on Carters Cookie also meant that he was not gaining experience, but that was not a factor in the Rainbow Futurity.

“In his trial (his first start) he got the lead and raced a little green,” Carter said. “Today he was really focused and ready for a big race. He blasted away from there and was a little more seasoned.”

Owned by Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway, Carters Cookie was purchased by Allen for $40,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale on Joiner’s advice. After the Rainbow Futurity trial win, Blach and Southway became co-owners with Allen.

“I’ve been watching him all summer since I’m around the Joiner barn,” said Southway. “Before the trials, Mark asked me if I wanted to buy a piece of him and after the trials I asked him if he still wanted to sell. He said, ‘Yes.’ So, I bought my interest in him.”

Carters Cookie’s breeding is one of the factors that attracted Joiner to the gelding at the sale.

“I always like Strawfly Special mares and he’s out of a Strawfly Special mare who is a half sister to One Famous Eagle,” said Joiner. “Besides I knew Carters Cartel from running against him and he’s a great horse.”

Carters Cartel and One Famous Eagle are currently each leading sires from their first foals to race. Carters Cookie, who was bred in Arizona by the Allred Bros., is the first stakes winner sired by Carters Cartel. The young stallion, who won the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million and Kindergarten Futurities before being named champion 2-year-old colt, stood the 2012 season at Lazy E Ranch in Oklahoma as property of breeder Double Bar S Ranch LLC.

Joiner also appreciates training for Allen.

“He just says to do what you want. That allowed me to wait and let the horse tell me when he was ready to race. We worked him (a fastest-of-the-day work on June 12) and that said he was ready to run,” Joiner said.

In a Rainbow Futurity stocked with lightly raced horses showing Grade 1-winning potential, the second- and third-place horses fit that profile.

Dosi and Norma Alvarez-owned and Juan Gonzalez-trained Vancouver Moon finished second after impressive wins in her only two starts. The FDD Dynasty daughter, who is a half sister to champion First Moonflash, won her maiden by two lengths and then took her Rainbow Futurity trial by almost three lengths.

Flying Hooves RRC’s third-place finisher Blaze Carver, a daughter of Wave Carver and champion Blazin Fire, finished in a dead heat for the win in her Rainbow Futurity trial to break her maiden in her third start.

The remaining order of finish was Feature Hero, Scatmandu, Pyro, Distant Fury, Jesastar, Eyegotitgoinon and Nellie Delaney.

Carters Cookie’s co-owners Allen and Blach also teamed up to win the Kentucky Derby with Mine That Bird. When asked what it would be like to add an All American Futurity win to go with his Kentucky Derby victory, he said: “It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

In horse racing, there’s nothing better than having a horse like Carters Cookie who is reaching the top of his game at a classic time of the year.

In the $20,000 Rainbow Juvenile (R), Tammy Johnson and Jack Manning’s Solid Anita Jo held off a bids by Blazin Rich and Run With The Eagle to win her maiden in her sixth start for trainer Michael Wakefield.

A daughter of Rock Solid Jess, Solid Anita Jo was third in the Ruidoso Juvenile (R) and qualified for the West Texas Juvenile (R).

Jose Amador Alvarez was up for the win in :20.113 for the 400 yards on a sealed track.

Blazin Rich was one-quarter length back and it was another neck back to third-place finisher Run With The Eagle.

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