Triple Crown Bid Spoiled, Instygator Gets First Grade 1 Win In All American Derby
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Instygator, under jockey Juan Pulido, winning the Grade 1 $929,465 All American Derby on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.


RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—SEPTEMBER 5, 2021—Always the bridesmaid never the bride! Today three-time Grade 1-placed Instygator got the "Big Prize" when he rolled to a 1-¼ length win in the $929,465 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs.

Heavy post-time favorite Empressum, who was looking for his eighth consecutive win and to become the fourth 3-year-old in history to win the Ruidoso Triple Crown, got into traffic after a poor break and finished sixth.

Under jockey Juan Pulido, Instygator veered in at the break but took the lead early to complete the 440 yards in a :20.912 seconds, equaling 107-speed index with a 6 mph tailwind. The son of multiple stakes sire IVVORY JAMES entered the race off the fastest qualifying time in the August 22nd trials.

Racing for Barboza Racing Corp. and trained by Santos Carrizales, Jr., Instygator avenged a neck loss one-year-ago in the $3-million All American Futurity(G1) to eventual AQHA Racing World Champion Whistle Stop Cafe.

 “We really needed this win for this horse as he had just been knocking on the door so many times. He is such a fast horse,” Carrizales said following the race.

Bred in Texas by AQHA Champion breeder Bobby D. Cox, Instygator is out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Eye Popping. He has compiled a (11) 7-3-1 record.

At 2, he was second in the Texas Classic Futurity(G1) and third in the Heritage Place Futurity(G1).

Three races back he finished second in the Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby. The $390,376 All American Derby winner's purse boosted his bankroll to $1,268,239.

Junior Quarter Horses Favorite Doc surprised at 12-1 to finish second picking up $167,304 for owner Junior's Quarter Horses Inc. Monty Arrossa trains the son of leading sire Favorite Cartel out of the Check Him Out mare Look Her Over.

Bred in California by another champion breeder, Edward C. Allred, Favorite Doc was a finalist in the Golden State Million Futurity(G1) at 2. He has earned $237,159. Jose Nicasio had the riding assignment.

Arrossa also sent out Candy Blood for owner Rick Sumner and Dunn Ranch. The stakes winning son of leading third-crop sire Apollitical Blood bobbled the break under jockey Jesus Ayala to finish three-quarters back in third. Sumner bred the gray gelding in Oklahoma from the Wave Carver mare Ranch Candy.

Winner of the Holiday Handicap at Los Alamitos last December, Candy Blood was second in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby(G1) and second in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby(RG2) before fiinishing fourth in the Rainbow Derby(G1) at Ruidoso in July. The $92,945 third-place payday today brings his lifetime mark to $369,625.

Completing the field were Shott Gun, Empressum, Apollitical Redflash, Mister Illusion, Separate Sentence and Flash Riley. Jettz, by ONE FABULOUS EAGLE was scratched.