Rainbow Derby Trials

Rainbow Derby Trials

Champion Jess Savin Candy, multiple Grade 1 winner KJ Desparado headline Sunday's trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Jess Savin Candy. PHOTO: Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs

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Jess Savin Candy and KJ Desparado are among the 74 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's Rainbow Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Eight 440-yard trials are scheduled, following four Rainbow Oaks trials and starting at 1:40 p.m. (MDT). Approximate post time for the eighth and final heat is slated for 4:35.

Last year's champion 2-year-old, Jess Savin Candy is trained by John Stinebaugh for owner Dutch Masters III. The bay son of Jess Good Candy made his season debut with a three-quarter length victory in a 400-yard Ruidoso Derby (G1) trial on May 29. The gelding qualified to all three of Ruidoso Downs' open Grade 1 futurities last year and scored victories in the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1), and the 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1).

Jess Savin Candy drew post 9 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon in the third trial.

KJ Desparado has won both of his outs this season, including the 400-yard, $850,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 11. The gelded son of world champion Apollitical Jess sports a six-race win streak that includes last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, and 400-yard, $1.115-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Wes Giles trains KJ Desparado for owners John and Kathy Lee and Ruben Mares. The gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos in the second heat.

Elizabeth Logan's Dreamsville is one of the eight opponents Jess Savin Candy will face in the third trial. A gelded son of Hes Relentless trained by Dee Keener, Dreamsville is coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which he banked $163,924 from five races and scored a one-length win in the April 16, $271,000 Remington Park Derby (RG2) for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds.

Dreamsville drew post 8 and will be ridden by Bryan Candanosa.

Other prominent Rainbow Derby trial entries include FDD Scout and Lethal Avenger. A sorrel son of champion FDD Dynasty trained by Trey Wood for owner Paragon Farms LLC, FDD Scout has banked $588,494 from seven outs, and he ended his 2-year-old season with a second-place finish, a neck behind Jess Savin Candy, in the All American Futurity.

FDD Scout drew post 9 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez in the first heat.

Lethal Avenger is coming off of a seventh-place finish, five lengths behind KJ Desparado, in the Ruidoso Derby. However, the Volcom gelding brought a five-race win streak into that race that included victories in last year's $252,000 La Fiesta Futurity at The Downs at Albuquerque, and the February 5, $172,000 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park.

Fred Danley trains Lethal Avenger for owners J & SM Inc. and Don Reynolds and Lane Reynolds. The gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Noe Garcia Jr. in the third trial.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday's Rainbow Derby trials will meet in the July 23, $750,000 final.

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