In the $500,000
dash the 10 colts broke out of the gate bouncing off each other like marbles in
a pinball machine. The winner, Mr. Kid Charge, came out on top and stayed
there, just as he had in his six previous outings. Johnny Cox, who rode the
colt, was glad enough for his stick, using it to belt the Kid smartly when he
attempted to lug in. The winner finished half a length in front in record time,
19.65. After watching the TV replay several times it was generally agreed that
the 1971 Futurity had been the most explosive of all. Attention then returned
to the real excitement, the money. Cox, who has ridden since he was 14 and paid
his way through Texas A&M with his earnings, declared he was going to buy a
few head of cattle to add to his stock in Spicewood, Texas. The successful
owner, Will Whitehead, a 39-year-old, medium-grade (45,000 acres) rancher from
Del Rio, Texas, said he was going to invest in horses. He had picked up Mr. Kid
Charge for only $4,100 at the Ruidoso yearling sale. "I bought him because
I couldn't afford the horse I really wanted, Duplicate Bid," said
Whitehead. Duplicate Bid sold for $42,000 and placed sixth behind Mr. Kid
Charge in the Futurity.
So most of the
money is headed back to Texas. And the high rollers will not be seen back in
Ruidoso Downs until next year.
You might stop
for a Tastee Freez on your way out of town.