08/04/2006 12:00AM

Two fastest are also two classiest at Ruidoso


The two fastest qualifiers, Dont Let Down and Eyesa Runner, have the class edge in the Grade 3, $53,190 Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.

Fastest qualifier Dont Let Down reached the Grade 1 stakes ranks at Remington Park when he was a very close third in the $677,000 Heritage Place Futurity on June 4. The gelding rallied in the final half of the 350-yard stakes, but the photo showed he came up a head short of winner First Carolina.

After the Heritage Place Futurity, trainer John Buchanan rested Dont Let Down until the Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge trials on July 20, and the gelding responded with a 2 1/2-length trial win in 17.305 seconds for 350 yards. That was easily the quickest time from six trials and the equivalent of more than one length faster than the second-fastest qualifier, Eyesa Runner.

Eyesa Runner earned her stakes credentials in her second start when she finished third in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity at 30-1 odds.

That was the last time she's been sent off at double-digit odds. In her two subsequent starts, Eyesa Runner won as a short-priced favorite at Ruidoso Downs. In her first start at the mountain track, she won her maiden at 3-10 odds, and then she won her Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge trial at 6-5, racing to a one-length victory in 17.481 seconds.

'Okey Dokey' points for All American

Okey Dokey Fantasy, the undefeated two-time Grade 1 winner who is a leading prospect for champion 2-year-old colt honors, is training forwardly for the trials to the Grade 1, $2 million-estimated All American Futurity on Aug. 17 at Ruidoso Downs, according to trainer John Boegner.

To enter the All American Futurity trials, Okey Dokey Fantasy's owner, Ariel Campos, would need to pay a $50,000 supplemental fee.

"He's doing well," said Boegner. "The plan is to supplement him if all goes on schedule."

Okey Dokey Fantasy's seven wins from seven starts include a dead heat in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity and victories in the Grade 1, $336,520 Manor Downs Futurity and the Grade 2, $265,680 Longhorn Futurity. In his most recent out, in the Rainbow Futurity trials on July 7 at Ruidoso Downs, the colt's winning time was not fast enough to qualify for the finals. He raced in the 11th trial on a rain-drenched day when nine of the 10 qualifiers came from the first four trials.

With Okey Dokey Fantasy not racing in the Rainbow Futurity, Boegner has been able to freshen a colt who had seven starts in four months.

"It sure didn't hurt him," Boegner said of missing the finals.