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Strawkins Ruidoso Horse of the Meet

September 7, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Villa takes overall Riding Title
Ruidoso Downs, NM (Sept. 6, 2006) – Rainbow Derby winner and track-record setter Strawkins has been named Ruidoso Downs’ Horse of the Meet for Quarter Horses and Mark Villa won the overall riding title during the 60th anniversary season that concluded on Labor Day.

Don and Peggy Boyle’s Strawkins, from the barn of leading trainer Paul Jones, earned horse of the meet and champion three-year-old honors for a summer campaign highlighted by racing 440 yards in a track record :20.736 to win the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby. The winner of four races during the season also won the Bayer Legend New Mexico Derby Challenge. He wrapped up his Ruidoso Downs campaign with a third-place finish at 2-1 odds in the Grade 1 All American Derby.

The three-year-old filly Holy Fashion, owned by Ramsey Family Trust and trained by co-champion trainer Bart Hone, was honored as Thoroughbred horse of the meet. She made two starts at Ruidoso Downs and won stakes in each of her appearances. She defeated sophomore fillies in the Aspen Cup Handicap and then stepped up and defeated older mares in the Desert Rose Handicap.

Mark Villa won the overall riding title with 49 wins (36 Thoroughbred victories and 13 Quarter Horse wins). He scored four stakes wins, all on Thoroughbreds, including Holy Fashion’s two stakes victories. To win an overall title the person must compete in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races.

The Quarter Horse riding title was a dead heat between Freddie Martinez and Edgar Ramirez. Each rider had 46 wins. Martinez had four stakes wins, including the Bayer Legend Derby with Strawkins. Ramirez had three stakes wins, highlighted by Arealstraitheart’s win in the All American Derby.

The Thoroughbred jockey title went to apprentice Travis Cunningham with 40 wins, including the Ruidoso Mile aboard Majestic Stream.

Four-time national Quarter Horse training champion Jones won the overall training title with 30 wins (29 Quarter Horse wins and one Thoroughbred victory). Those 29 Quarter Horse wins earned Jones the Quarter Horse training title. He had Grade 1 Quarter Horse wins in the All American Futurity with No Secrets Here and the Rainbow Derby with Strawkins. He also sent out Planet Holland to set a 350-yard world record in the Higheasterjet Handicap.

There was a tie for the Thoroughbred training title between Hone and Joel Marr at 16 wins. Hones won two stakes with Holy Fashion and the Fern Sawyer Handicap with Shesa Private I.

BLM Racing Inc., operated by Bobby Maes, won the Quarter Horse owners title with six wins. BLM Racing qualified two horses for the Rainbow Futurity.

Clifford Lambert Sr. won the Thoroughbred owners title with six wins, including the Dale Wood Handicap with Ky’s Quest.

Other Quarter Horse titles went to No Secrets Here, Planet Holland and Tricky Dust.

No Secrets Here, owned by the Vessels Stallion Farm and Benny Rosset, won the $1.9 million All American Futurity in a 440-yard strakes record of :20.88 after setting the fastest-qualifying time.

Planet Holland, owned by R.D. Hubbard and Johnny T.L. Jones Jr., set the 350-yard world record of :17.006 while winning the Highesterjet Handicap.

Joan Dale Hubbard’s Tricky Dust, trained by Jones, dominated the distance division with three daylight wins in three starts, including the Master Salls Handicap and the Brigand Handicap.

Devious Play was honored as the top juvenile Thoroughbred and Shesa Private I was the champion older Thoroughbred. Devious Play won the Rio Grande Senor Futurity and Shesa Private I won the Fern Sawyer Handicap.