All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen made a sensational 2008 debut at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday, May 24, posting the fastest qualifying time to the G1 Ruidoso Derby.
“It went easy,” said jockey Larry Payne, who picked up the mount for trainer Carl Draper, after regular rider Oscar Hernandez was injured on Friday afternoon. “I just turned the whip over and tapped her twice to keep her attention.
Heartswideopen outclassed her rivals by easily winning the fourth of four 400-yard trials in :19.628 for owners Manny and Javier Rodriguez. The trial, her seventh win from eight career starts, was her first start since she won $1 million for winning the All American Futurity last year, on Labor Day. The Feature Mr Jess daughter prepared for her return with two best-of-the-day works.
“Everything went as expected,” said Draper. “That should set her up well for the finals.” Draper also sent out the two fastest qualifiers – Jess Significant and Misty Blue Mercedes – to the G1 Ruidoso Futurity on Friday afternoon, opening day of the Ruidoso Downs meet.
Heartswideopen was the overwhelming selection as 2007 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old filly. She won last year’s Ruidoso Futurity in a stakes-record :17.089, then raced to the fastest 440 yards ever by a female, when she won her All American Futurity trial in :20.921. Sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the All American Futurity, she responded with a neck win over longshot SF Royal Bank.
Ruidoso Derby Qualifiers
|Heartswideopen||4th||Carl Draper||Larry Payne||19.628|
|Boys All Jacked Up||2nd||Paul Jones||Freddie Martinez||19.667|
|Noconi||4th||Paul Jones||Freddie Martinez||19.862|
|Eye Of Glory||1st||Blane Wood||Ricky Ramirez||19.914|
|Shy Ann Jess||2nd||Tony Sedillo||Noe Garcia||19.985|
|Strong Hope||1st||Fred Danley||G.R. Carter Jr.||20.009|
|Arealshaker||4th||Roy Marcom||Salvador Martinez||20.042|
|Funparty||1st||Bob Williams||Esgar Ramirez||20.137|
|Saturday Night Ride||2nd||Mike Joiner||Sam Thompson||20.150|
|Hawkin Had It||2nd||Paul Jones||Mark Villa||20.152|