Kiss My Hocks lives up to his name in Ruidoso Futurity Trials

May 22nd, 2014

Sam Houston Futurity winner Kiss My Hocks, trained by Toby Keeton, made his Ruidoso Downs debut on Thursday, May 22, with a three-length win, and the fastest qualifying time from 12 trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

The Tempting Dash son, owned by Conda Maze and Tyler Graham and ridden by Cody Jensen, covered 350 yards in :17.281. Horses with the five fastest times from Thursday’s trials will join the five-fastest qualifiers from Friday’s 12 trials in the Ruidoso Futurity on June 8.

“He is the soundest 2-year-old I have ever seen,” said Graham, who bred the colt out of Romancing Mary, by Tres Seis. “He’s a big colt, but very light on his feet.

Kiss My Hocks came into the Ruidoso Futurity trials from two wins at Sam Houston Race Park, in his first two starts, including a 330-yard track record of 16.433 in the trials to the Sam Houston Futurity. He won the $564,000 Sam Houston Futurity by one-half lengths.

“He is just an unbelievable horse,” said Keeton. “You can’t ask for anything more. He’s the real deal – the horse of a lifetime.”

Second-fastest qualifier Jm Famous Master also has stakes experience. The J&M Racing and Farm-owned son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon came off a third-place run in the Grade 2, $267,651 West Texas Futurity and won the eighth trial in :17.348 by 1 3/4 lengths. Alonso Rivera was aboard for trainer Jose Muela.

The remaining three qualifiers were Bodacious Eagle (:17.382), Madmax (:17.448) and Separate Dynasty (:17.461).