Kj Desparado stood up in the final steps to win the $ 3 million All American Futurity at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track on Sunday, flying home in front of the thousands who competed on the final day of the 2021 racing season.

The win was sweet for jockey Adrian Ramos and trainer Wes Giles, who won their first All American Futurity. It was also a first win for owners John and Kathy Lee of Chandler, Arizona, along with their partner Ruben Mares.

“I remember Adrian reassuring me that spring that this was the kind of horse that could win the All American, and it turned out to be true,” Giles said of the winners. “Right now I just feel blessed to have this horse in my stable and to be connected with the owners who made it possible.”

Kj Desarado broke from the ninth gate in third place and had to catch up with the leader Fdd Scout, who was in the lead in the eleventh race until the last step when the gelding got up just in time.

“It was a hard-fought victory,” said driver Ramos from the winners. “I had confidence in my horse from the start. He was strong all season and finally got it all together today. “

Meanwhile, betting favorite Jess Savin Candy, trying to win the Quarter Horse Racing triple crown, failed to deliver his expected late attack and finished fourth. According to trainer John Stinebaugh, the gelding was taken off the track at the request of jockey Francisco Calderon as a precautionary measure.

Kj Desparado paid $ 11.80, $ 4.60 and $ 3.80 for the 440 yards in 21.252 seconds of winning time. His father is Apollitical Jess out of the mare Tres Veses by Tres Seis.

In the $ 200,000 All American Juvenile, My Peligrosito and Jockey Ramos were disgruntled winners at 13: 1, paying $ 29.40, $ 18.80 and $ 9.40, respectively. In the tenth race they crossed the finish line over 440 yards in a winning time of 21.168 seconds.

“This horse has been progressing all summer,” said Ramos. “When we got some daylight, it opened and ran as expected.”

The father of my Poligrosito is One Fabulous Eagle out of the mare Peligrosita by Walk Thru Fire. The gelding is owned by Abelardo Gallegos and trainer of Albert Valles.

In the $ 200,000 All American Gold Cup, Danjer overcame a slow start to stifle Mi Amor Secreto for a head in race nine and took third in a row in the winning lap.

“My horse’s swing was backwards when the gate opened,” said jockey Cody Smith in the winners’ circle. “We caught up the whole race, but this horse doesn’t seem to know how fast it really is. He turned it on when he needed it and we got there just in time. “

Danjer is a 5 year old with career earnings of approximately $ 1.2 million. The gelding’s father is Fdd Dynasty out of the mare Shez Jess Toxic by Take Off Jess. He paid $ 4.40, $ 3.00, and $ 2.40 in 21.308 seconds for 440 yards. Danjer has now won thirteen careers, including five in Ruidoso Downs.

The race continues next season on the weekend of Ruidoso Downs Memorial Day. More information is available at www.raceruidoso.com.