Bet down to be the 6-5 favorite, Ultimate Wave and jockey Esgar Ramirez broke from post five and quickly took command before hitting the wire 1 ¾ lengths in front with a 400-yard time of :19.563. Jorge Miranda trains the Texas-bred for owner Junior’s Quarter Horses Inc.
A veteran of only five career starts, Ultimate Wave broke his maiden in a trial to the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge and then came by to win the final by 2 ¼ lengths. His three victories in the Challenge program have earned him more than $115,000.
“He didn’t break that sharp, but 40 yards into the race he really picked it up,” said Ramirez. “I had never ridden him before, but the trainer told me to get a clean trip and that he would try hard for me.”
Bred by Keilani Farms, Ultimate Wave is out of the Grade 1-winning millionaire Eye For Corona. Her four starters are all winners.
Mr Taka B, a 31-1 longshot running for Vanessa Bartoo, rallied to earn second-place money. LMR 2001’s Huckleberry Mojito and Michael Amburn’s A Game Dame finished in a dead heat for third. H
Fols Jesse, Jess A Comment, Exciting The Planet, Second Painted Sign, Attack The Cartel, Painted Lies and Special Awards completed the order of finish.
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