Photo Courtesy of AQHA.com
Quarter Horse jockey Cody Jensen won one of the sport’s biggest races last month after guiding A Reverent to a victory in the Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on his way to being named the AQHA-Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Month for the month of July. The award is voted on by a panel of Quarter Horse racing experts for riding accomplishments and achievements for the previous month of racing.
A Revenant ran down Paint My Pilot in the finals few strides to win the Gr. 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs and place A Revenant on the short list of favorites to the Gr. 1, $3,000,000 All American Futurity on Labor Day.
A Revenant got the win from the outside post position while Paint My Pilot drew the inside post position in the Futurity.
“He got away (from the gate) extremely well for him,” said rider Cody Jensen after winning his first Rainbow Futurity. “I drew next to Muddy Watters and he starts well. I liked that because it gave us a target to run at.”
“I switched sticks (changed whip hands) to my left hand when we hit the crowd and he took off. He galloped out great,” said Jensen
Jensen has finished second in four previous running’s of the Rainbow Futurity. “Now that I’ve got this win the races on my bucket list that I haven’t won are the Champion of Champions and the Los Alamitos Two Million.”
Jensen, who is the current leader in the Ruidoso Downs rider standings, began his riding career at small tracks in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming with his first win coming in an $800 race in Malad, Idaho in 1993.
In 2013, Cody Jensen picked up his first AQHA Champion Jockey Award after booting home the earners of $3,156,175. His horses won 64 of 415 starts and included Grade I winners Wicked Courage and champion Feature Mr. Bojangles.
Jensen was third in total wins for the month with 15 and led all AQHA riders in money earned with a total of $600,227.
The American Quarter Horse Association, founded in 1940, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. With more than 5.6 million horses registered, AQHA functions as the official record keeping and governing body of the American Quarter Horse industry. AQHA records all American Quarter Horse ownership, processes approved show and race results, catalogs performance and produce data on all American Quarter Horses, maintains association funds and publicizes the American Quarter Horse industry. Find more at www.aqharacing.com.
The voters are:
Steve Anderson (Daily Racing Form)
Andrea Caudill (Q-Racing Journal Editor)
Martha Claussen (AQHA Wrangler Aces coordinator)
Chris Kotulak (Remington Park handicapper/analyst)
Don Stevens (Delta Downs announcer)
Doug McPherson (Ajax Downs Handicapper/Clocker, Woodbine Equibase Caller)