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August 9, 2012
Steve Holt’s two-time defending champion distance horse De Passem Okey goes for his sixth-straight win and faces a strong challenge from Tactful (TB), winner of two stakes during the meet, in the $30,000 Master Salls Handicap over 870 yards on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
First post time is 1 p.m. with the Master Salls running as the eighth race on the nine-race program. More information about Ruidoso Downs may be found at www.raceruidoso.com and the latest news, including All American Futurity trial results, may be received through Twitter by following Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox).
De Passem Okey, a 6-year-old gelding by Okey Dokey Dale, earned his second-straight champion distance horse title in 2011 when he won five of eight starts. He closed out 2011 with a win in the King Rick Rack Stakes and is well on his way to a third title with his four-for-four record this year.
Racing at Remington Park, three of his four wins this year have come in stakes races for trainer Rodney Reed. After an allowance victory, he reeled off wins in the Pauls Valley Handicap (G3), Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3) and the Remington Park Distance Handicap (G3). The only time he was seriously challenged was in the Remington Park Distance Handicap when he won by a nose
De Passem Okey starts from the fourth post position and G.R. Carter Jr. is aboard with high weight of 128 pounds.
Rogelio Carrrasco Sr.’s Thoroughbred Tactful has been on a roll in New Mexico while moving up the class ladder and carries 127 pounds. A 6-year-old son of Bertrando, Tactful started his current four-race winning streak at the $6,250 claiming level when he won by 8 lengths over 870 yards at SunRay Park. Trainer Mortin Orona Sr. then moved him to Ruidoso Downs and he raced to a 4 1/2-furlong win for a $10,000 tag before stepping up and winning the 870-yard Tricky Dust Stakes and the 1,000-yard Bobby Crenshaw Stakes.
Cody Wainscott, who was aboard for the Tricky Dust victory, has the mount with the third post position, just inside of De Passem Okey.
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