08/01/2007 11:00PM

Ketel Won faces A Long Goodbye


Ketel Won should be favored to affirm his position as the leading older Quarter Horse at Ruidoso Downs when he starts in the $40,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap over 400 yards on Saturday afternoon.

A strapping 4-year-old, Ketel Won returned from a layoff of more than eight months in the Higheasterjet Handicap June 30 and outclassed his rivals by accelerating over the final half of the 350-yard stakes to win by a length in 17.29 seconds. The added 50 yards of the Mr Jet Moore should be to his advantage.

Ketel Won was third last fall in the $119,000 Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park.

A Long Goodbye comes into the race fresh from a track-record run at SunRay Park. A 7-year-old gelding, A Long Goodbye raced the 350 yards in 17.30 seconds for his 25th win from 57 starts. He is the 440-yard world-record holder and Sunland Park track-record holder with his 20.68-second victory in the 2005 New Mexico Challenge Championship.

Boknaai made his seasonal debut in the Higheasterjet and was wiped out at the start, losing all chance and finishing last. He ended his 2006 campaign with a win in the $66,000 Lovington Stakes and a third in the $211,000 Zia Park Championship.

On Sunday afternoon, a competitive field of 10 2-year-olds who were not successful in Grade 1 futurity competition at Ruidoso Downs may have found their proper level in the Grade 3, $63,180 New Mexico Juvenile Challenge.

Eyesa Lil Cuervo, who did not qualify for the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity or the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity, tops the qualifiers from the seven trials. He finished third in his trial to each of those graded stakes.

Eyesa Lil Cuervo stepped forward in his New Mexico Juvenile trial when he gained his first career win by three-quarters of a length in 17.488 seconds for 350 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier Cute Runaway has shown promise this summer with a maiden win at 350 yards in 17.89 seconds and then improved with a 17.503-second win in his New Mexico Juvenile trial. He overcame a bump at the start to win by a half-length, an effort that could earn him favoritism on Sunday.

Bad Act seeks third straight

Bad Act goes for his third straight victory when he carries high weight of 125 pounds over 870 yards in the $25,000 Bull Rastus Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Bad Act won an 870-yard conditioned allowance race by 2 1/4 lengths two starts back and then won an unrestricted allowance race by three-quarters of a length in his most recent start.

The 3-year-old Oogah Chucka shows potential as an 870-yard runner. He won the 550-yard Buccaneer Beach Handicap and then won an allowance race in his 870-yard debut on July 7.