06/30/2012 4:00PM

Ruidoso Downs: Krash Cartel tops 23 trials for Rainbow Futurity


Krash Cartel, who was the fastest qualifier for last month’s Ruidoso Futurity for Quarter Horses, is back for the Rainbow Futurity trials Tuesday at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. He will run in the 17th race, which is one of 23 trials for the Rainbow. The Grade 1, $700,000 finale will be run July 22, a day later than originally scheduled after the New Mexico Racing Commission recently granted the change at the request of Ruidoso Downs.

Tuesday’s marathon card of trials has lead to a special early first post of 11 a.m. Mountain. Each of the trials will be run over 400 yards and will have a purse of $3,500.

Krash Cartel was the 4-5 favorite for the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity on June 9 after emerging as the fastest qualifier for the race following the 25 trials run for it May 25. He made his debut in his 350-yard trial and won by an overwhelming 4 1/4 lengths in one of the most impressive performances his trainer, John Stinebaugh, said he has ever seen from a 2-year-old at Ruidoso.

But in the finale, Krash Cartel missed by a neck. Stinebaugh is looking for a strong effort from the horse during the Rainbow trials Tuesday.

“The horse has been doing super,” he said. “The last week coming into the [Ruidoso] finale, the horse had an issue with his guttural pouches being infected. He went about three days without eating. He wasn’t thriving. Toward the end of the week, he just picked it back up, so we went ahead and took the shot and ran him.

“He didn’t run near the race I think that’s in him. He was just flat that last 50 yards.”

Krash Cartel finished second to Pj Chick in Black, who was winning her second stakes in the Ruidoso Futurity and her fourth race overall. She did not return for the Rainbow trials. Krash Cartel on Tuesday will face nine others and will break from post 2 under regular rider Cody Jensen.

“As far as 2-year-olds, he’s the best one I’ve ever put my hands on,” Stinebaugh said.

Krash Cartel races for Los Primitos.

No trainer will be more active in the trials Tuesday than Blane Wood, who has 27 horses entered. Trainer Paul Jones will start 15, while Stinebaugh has seven, including Pyro, winner of the $20,000 Ruidoso Juvenile for Quarter Horses on June 9.