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Trendi Scores Major Upset Over Kiss My Hocks In $900,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs
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RUIDOSO DOWNS—JULY 20, 2014—William "Ed" Smith’s Trendi pulled off the upset of the year at 44-1 odds by handing number-one-ranked Kiss My Hocks his first defeat in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Trendi defeated Kiss My Hocks by a neck and it was another neck back to third-place finisher Eagle On The Fly.

The Larry Gamez-ridden Trendi covered the 400 yards in :19.525.

Trendi got off to a quick start. “Then she hit a slick spot and I had to pick her up,” said jockey Larry Gamez. “She came a running at the end. I knew that I had it won.

“That was a big win, now it’s on to the All American (Futurity).”

Trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity will be on August 14-15 at Ruidoso Downs.

This could be turning into a sister-brother act. Trendi’s full brother, Stolis Winner, won the 2008 Rainbow Futurity and then went on to win the All American Futurity and was named world champion as a two-year-old. With that breeding, breeder Jerry Windham sold Trendi to Smith for $210,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale last September. Trendi and Stolis Winner are each by Stoli and out of the Runaway Winner mare Veva Jean.

Trendi won her first two starts, including her Ruidoso Futurity trial, and then was second to Logans Zoomin in their Rainbow Futurity trial as the 17-10 favorite. She was the second-fastest qualifier on the second-day of Rainbow Futurity trials. That was the day when the three-fastest qualifiers, including Trendi, came out of the first trial.

“When I got her, she had already won (a maiden race at Delta Downs),” said trainer Wes Giles, who won the 2007 Rainbow Futurity with Wild Six.

“If she would have run in the top-three I would have been happy. But, of course, you always want to win,” said Giles. “She can’t read, so she wasn’t worried (about Kiss My Hocks).”

Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks, the dominating 3-10 favorite, sustained his first setback after reeling off five-straight wins on his way to being ranked as the number-one two-year-old in the weekly AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll.

Kiss My Hocks won the Grade 2, $564,000 Sam Houston Futurity and the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity during his winning streak.

It also ended his chances of taking the $4 million All American Triple Crown Bonus, which has never been paid. It goes to the connections of any horse who can win the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities at Ruidoso Downs.

The Toby Keeton-trained colt did not have the cleanest of trips from the outside post position.

“He lost his footing (at the start) and stumbled into (Jm Miracle). Trendi was gone and we just couldn’t run her down,” said jockey Cody Jensen.

He was attempting to become the second jockey to take the Rainbow Derby and the Rainbow Futurity during the same year. He won the Rainbow Derby with Houdini on Saturday afternoon.

Graham and John Mayers bred Kiss My Hocks from the Tres Seis mare Romancing Mary. The $162,000 runner-up Rainbow Futurity check pushes the sorrel colt's earnings mark to nearly $690,000.

Martin Ibarra’s third-place finisher Eagle On The Fly was trying for her third-straight win. She was a non-qualifying winner of her Ruidoso Futurity trial in her career debut and then won her Rainbow Futurity trial by one length.

Umberto Belloc conditions the Christine Hudson Texas-bred filly from the Strawfly Special mare Ladys Heart Of Gold. She picked up $90,000 for Sunday's effort.

Completing the Rainbow QH Futurity field were Bodacious Eagle, Boi George, Wild Sixes Cartel, Tempting Valor, Jm Miracle and Logans Zoomin.