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Okey Dokey Fantasy, Saint Shackleton deadheat in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity

June 12, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (June 11) – Ariel Campos’ Okey Dokey Fantasy and Spencer Peterson’s Saint Shackleton finished in a deadheat to share the victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity on Sunday afternoon, June 11, at Ruidoso Downs.

Okey Dokey fantasy and Saint Shackleton each earned $165,000 for racing the 350 yards in :17.480.

Okey Dokey Fantasy, who had the eighth post position, remained undefeated from six career starts with the deadheat score. “He was one the lead the whole way and he ran hard the whole way,” said winning rider Juan Vazquez.

Saint Shackleton, with Bonifacio Perez up, closed from the outside post position to get up in the final strides and catch Okey Dokey Fantasy. “He was really running at the end,” said Perez.

Okey Dokey Fantasy and Saint Shackleton will now point to the Rainbow Futurity trials on July 7.

The two horses are now eligible for the $4 million annuity bonus that goes to the connections of any horse who can with the All American Triple Crown ? the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities. The connections can take a $1.25 million cash bonus instead of the annuity.

Okey Dokey Fantasy, trained by John Boegner, won the Grade 1 Manor Downs Futurity and the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity before coming to Ruidoso Downs and winning his Ruidoso Futurity trial. He was the second-fastest qualifier with a :17.740 time for 350 yards.

The victory pushed Okey Dokey Fantasy’s earnings to over $435,000.

“He’s still undefeated and the next stop is the Rainbow Futurity,” said Boegner. “We aren’t changing anything now. We’ll just take a little racing luck.”

Saint Shackleton, trained by Todd Fincher, was fourth in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park and is now unbeaten in two Ruidoso Downs appearances. He won his Ruidoso Futurity trial in :17.892 for the sixth-fastest qualifying time.

Fincher completed a rare double with his training score in the Ruidoso Futurity. As a jockey, he won the 1994 Ruidoso Futurity aboard Meltdown.

“He’s in the Rainbow Futurity and we may supplement him to the All American Futurity,” said owner Peterson. His son, Billy Peterson, won the 1995 All American Futurity aboard Winalota Cash.

Run Perry Run, owned by Mountain Racing, finished 1/2-length back for third. The Carl Draper-trained gelding finished eighth in the West Texas Futurity and then won his Ruidoso Futurity trial in :17.830.

Okey Dokey Fantasy returned $5.00, $5.40 and $3.80. Saint Shackleton paid $10.00, $17.40 and $6.40. Run Perry Run was worth $5.40 to show.