Jess Move You Upsets Grade 1 $759,197 Ruidoso Derby
Jess Move You, under jockey Agustin Silva, winning the $796,197 Ruidoso Derby(G1) Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

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Jess Move You Upsets Grade 1 $759,197 Ruidoso Derby

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 9, 2018—Ricardo Bernal and Reymundo Resendez’s Jess Move You raced to a 7-1 mild upset win in the Grade 1, $759,197 Ruidoso Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon.

TNT Racing’s T Velocity picked an excellent spot to win his maiden when he narrowly won the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry (see related story), a race for horses who did not qualify to the Ruidoso Derby, earlier on the program.

Jess Move You started from the inside post position and raced with the leaders. "We broke well," said winning jockey Agustin Silva. "I knew that he could finish."

That is exactly what Jess Move You did to secure the three-quarter length victory over Cartel Cupid. Hierarchy was another neck back for third.

The Ruidoso Derby was billed as a showdown between fastest-qualifier Uptown Dynasty, the 7-5 favorite, the previously undefeated champion KVN Corona, the 17-10 second choice. Melvin Neugebauer’s Uptown Dynasty was in the hunt early and finished fourth while Keith Nellesen’s KVN Corona did not offer a serious threat and finished eighth.

Ruidoso Downs General Manager Jeff True presents the winning connections of Jess Move You the Ruidoso Derby stakes trophy Saturday afternoon. ©
It was a cornerstone win for trainer Rodolfo "Rudy" Valles, who had four starters in the Ruidoso Derby. It was his first Grade 1 win and his first stakes win. "It’s a dream come true," said Valles with a huge grin. The 24-year-old Valles had worked one year for Blane Wood and three years for Sleepy Gilbreath.

Jess Move You was purchased last summer through trainer Mike Joiner after his first two starts, each at Ruidoso Downs. He had been sixth in his Ruidoso Futurity trial and then posted another sixth in his Rainbow Derby trial. He won his maiden at Zia Park on October 22.

The Apollitical Jess-sired Jess Move You moved up to the stakes division this year. He qualified for the West Texas Derby and then gained his first stakes win in the $25,000 Animas Stakes at SunRay Park for trainer Jesus Carrete before joining the Valles barn. The Debbie Strebig Oklahoma-bred picked up $318,863 for today's win to bring his mark to more than $362,000.

Jess Move You won the seventh of 10 Ruidoso Derby trials with the second-fastest qualifying time of :20.154 to reach the Ruidoso Derby finals.

Randy and Sandy Coleman’s homebred Cartel Cupid is proving to be a solid stakes competitor. The gelding by Corona Cartel closed out his juvenile campaign with a fifth-place run in the Grade 1, $874,000 Texas Classic Futurity. He was then rested and returned in the Ruidoso Derby trials to win the fourth trial with the eighth-fastest time of :20.259.

Out of the Granite Lake mare Lake View Dreams, the Texas-bred picked up $136,655 for second, pushing his earnings total to $184,059. Regular rider Ricky Ramirez rode Cartel Cupid for trainer Wood.

Paragon Farms, LLC’s Hierarchy, another member of the Valles stable, was a maiden until April 19 when he won a Remington Park maiden race. The gelding by FDD Dynasty, from the Strawfly Special mare Platinum Performance, then won his Ruidoso Derby trial by a head with the seventh-fastest time of :20.246.

Hierarchy, a $25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, was ridden by Eduwin Lujan after Ramirez was aboard for the trial win. Lazy Creek Ranch bred the sorrel gelding in California.

Upton Dynasty, Eyes The Favorite, Time To Jazz, Kvn Corona, Prince Of Bo Dash and Paint On Canvas.

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