Kiss My Hocks Leads RUI Futurity

Sam Houston Futurity winner looks for a Grade 1 win on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal
June 5, 2014

Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks, the top-ranked horse in the weekly AQHA national poll, should be favored to push his record to 4-for-4 in the $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Kiss My Hocks (Tempting Dash-Romancing Mary by Tres Seis) is attempting to keep his connections’ hot streak going. The same owners, along with trainer Toby Keeton and jockey Cody Jensen, won last Saturday’s $1,020,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) with Lovethewayyoulie.

Kiss My Hocks has his half-length win in the $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) to his credit. His record is boosted by a couple of very impressive trial efforts.

In his Sam Houston Futurity trial, his first start, Kiss My Hocks set a Sam Houston Race Park 330-yard track record of :16.433.

In his Ruidoso Downs debut, the colt sped to a dominating 3-length trial win and his time of :17.281 was the quickest time from the first of two days of trials. There were 12 trials held each afternoon.

J&M Racing and Farm’s JM Famous Master (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Cosmotoligist by Dash Ta Fame) and Reliance Ranches LLC’s Penthouse Sweet (Corona Cartel-The Way You Want Me by Mr Eye Opener) are the other Ruidoso Futurity finalists with stakes credentials.

JM Famous Master was third in the $267,651 West Texas Futurity (G2) behind Boi George, who did not qualify for the Ruidoso Futurity.

Penthouse Sweet was third in the $791,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (RG3) behind Im A Fancy PYC, who returned to finish a very troubled sixth behind Lovethewayyoulie at 4-1 odds in the Heritage Place Futurity.

Jon and Donna McPherson’s Famous Corona Lady (Corona Cartel-One Famous Lady by Chicks Beduino) was sensational when she made her career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity trials and is superbly bred.

The Paul Jones-trained filly pulled out to a 2 3/4-length trial win with a :17.367 time, the fastest time on the second day of trials. The $155,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase is a half sister to champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle.

While Famous Corona Lady was the day’s fastest qualifier, she was barely the fastest qualifier.

Two other first time starters – Flashy First Cartel (First Moonflash-Cartel Dash by Corona Cartel) and JM Miracle (Volcom-Lethal Delight by Dean Miracle) – equaled the day’s second-fastest time and that time, :17.368, was just 1/1000th off Famous Corona Lady’s top mark.

Crowson Racing’s Flashy First Cartel won her trial by three parts of a length while J&M Racing and Farms’ JM Miracle was a 1 1/4-length trial winner.

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