RUIDOSO, N.M.—Stolis Winner is no longer a long shot. The gelding proved his win in Oklahoma City in June was not a fluke as he raced to victory in the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday.
Stolis Winner won the 400-yard second leg of the triple crown of quarter horse racing in :19.470 with jockey Rodrigo Vallejo.
Stolis Winner went off at nearly 25-1 in the Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on June 7, but was the 4-1 second choice in the Rainbow Futurity.
"I was surprised in the Heritage Place Futurity; I thought we could finish fourth," owner Jerry Windham said in a news release. "He's maturing every day so I wasn't as surprised with this win."
Stolis Winner beat R.D. and Shaun Hubbard's PB And Crackers by half a length in the Grade 1 race. PB And Crackers finished three quarters of a length ahead of third-place runner Inseperable. The second- and third-place finishers were trained by six-time defending national champion Paul Jones.
Finishing fourth was Fast Prize Zoom, the 2-5 favorite. She set the fastest-qualifying time to the Rainbow Futurity of :19.563.
Stolis Winner, trained by Heath Taylor, is now one of the top prospects for the Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity—the world's richest quarter horse race—on Labor Day.
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