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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Valiant Rogue shows dominance in record $1.2M Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs
RUIDOSO DOWNS – Wyok Ranch, LLC’s Valiant Rogue emphatically showed that he is a horse to be reckoned with after destroying his rivals in the record Grade 1, $1,224,488 Rainbow Derby on July 23 at Ruidoso Downs.
It is the 10th consecutive year that the Rainbow Derby has set a new record purse.
Valiant Rogue made it look easy. The Tanner Thedford-ridden gelding was on top within a few jumps and the 440-yard classic was over in :21.545 while facing an eight-mph headwind.
“In the trials he ran big,” said jockey Tanner Thedford of fastest-qualifier Valiant Rogue. “Today they false broke in the gate and he stayed still. When we broke he stayed on his task.”
Valiant Rogue’s work resulted in a one-and-three-quarter-length win over Boogies Special Dash while Stevie B First Cash was third, one-half length behind Boogies Special Dash.
First Valiant Sign, the 4-5 favorite, finished fourth.
The Judd Kearl-trained Valiant Rogue is now undoubtedly one of the premier three-year-old quarter horses...more