08/18/2011 9:03PM

Ruidoso: Ochoa fastest qualifier for All American


Ochoa emerged as the fastest qualifier for next month’s Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Futurity for Quarter Horses on Thurday, when he won the 14th of 26 trials held at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. He covered 440 yards 21.07 seconds, closing from sixth for a half-length win over second-fastest qualifier Lotta Love for Robyn. Ochoa came into the race off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity on June 12. Jacky Martin rode Ochoa for trainer Sleepy Gilbreath. 

The complete list of qualifiers with times, trainers and jockeys are: Ochoa, Gilbreath, Martin, 21.07; Lotta Love for Robyn, John Bassett, Saul Ramirez Jr., 21.14; Tee Cos, Paul Jones, Martin, 21.15; Jess Cuervo, Raymond Vargas, G.R. Carter, Jr., 21.21; Jess Send Me, Blane Wood, Ricky Ramirez, 21.30; Denver Pass, Wood, Martin, 21.33; Lethal Volt, Wood, Ramirez, 21.33; Big Daddy Cartel, Jones, Esgar Ramirez, 21.34; Bills Last, Carlos Sedillo, Carter, 21.36, and Mr Ease 123, Gilbreath, Martin, 21.39.