08/19/2011 6:54PM

Ruidoso Downs: Cold Cash 123 fastest qualifier for $1.3 million All American Derby


Cold Cash 123 remained unbeaten at 440 yards on Friday, when he put up the fastest qualifying time for next month’s Grade 1, $1,316,760 All American Derby for Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs. He is now 6 for 6 at the distance. There were nine trials on Friday, with Cold Cash 123 the fastest of 70 entrants trying to snag one of 10 spots in the finale that will be run Sept. 4.

“What we need now is 7 for 7,” said Sleepy Gilbreath, who trains Cold Cash 123.

Gilbreath on Thursday also had the fastest qualifier for the Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Futurity in Ochoa. The horse beat out 245 others for the distinction.

Roy Baldillez rode Cold Cash 123, the nation’s top-ranked 3-year-old on the strength of his win in last month’s Grade 1 Rainbow Derby. The horse won the sixth race, closing from sixth for a half-length victory. Cold Cash 123 ($3.40) covered the distance in 20.83 seconds, on a track that had been upgraded to fast after the second race Friday.

“The further he goes, the faster he gets,” said Baldillez.

The complete list of qualifiers with times are Cold Cash 123 (20.83), DM Streakn Thru Fire( 20.90), Jls Mr Bigtime (20.93), Prospect to the Top (20.94), Teller No Lies (20.94), Llano Teller (21.00), Flyin Fish (21.04), One Sweet Jess (21.06), Motorcity Madman (21.14),  and The Printing Press(21.21).