07/22/2009 11:00PM

Break figures key for Happy Humor


Happy Humor might have started his career in New York, but he has made himself at home in New Mexico. He has won three races in the state in his last five starts, one of them a track-record performance and another a stakes win. Saturday, he will be looking to add to his accomplishments in the $20,000 Bold Ego at five furlongs at Ruidoso Downs.

Happy Humor, a 5-year-old gelding by Distorted Humor, won his maiden at Aqueduct in December 2006. He proceeded to race at Arlington Park in 2007 and then last winter was sold privately and sent to trainer Jon Arnett at Sunland Park.

"We purchased him and five other horses from Jess Jackson back in November," Arnett said. "They all worked out great, every one of them."

The package of horses was split between two of Arnett's clients, with Gary L. Thompson purchasing Happy Humor. The horse won a second-level allowance at Sunland in January. Happy Humor then took another allowance there in February, running 6 1/2 furlongs in a track-record time of 1:13.80. He proceeded to run third in two stakes and then in his last start June 13 won the $50,000 Free Spirits at six furlongs at Ruidoso.

Arnett said a good break will be key for Happy Humor, who could get a tracking trip off the rail-drawn Cajun Gent.

"I've had a little bit of trouble with the horse getting away from the gate," he said of Happy Humor. "I've been standing him a lot. I think if we get away from the gate clean and can be within striking distance of Cajun Gent, that will be good."

Ken Tohill has the mount on Happy Humor.

Cajun Gent was second in the Free Spirits Handicap, when he dueled on the lead and finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Happy Humor.

Arapahoe: Blastitary tops futurity

The field for the $20,000 Silver Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park on Saturday is made up of five first-time starters and five horses with experience.

Blastitary, who was stakes-placed in his last start, is the most accomplished horse in the race. Travis Wales has the mount for trainer Tony Klenakis.