Rainbow Trials Highlight Ruidoso Week

Two days of Rainbow Futurity trials set for Thursday and Friday.

June 29, 2013

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The two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs get off to a hot start on Thursday with two Grade 1 horses in the first trial and then the undefeated Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) winner Coronado Cartel races on Friday afternoon.

Racing for the holiday week runs on a special Thursday through Sunday schedule and returns to the usual Friday through Monday lineup the following week (July 12-15). First post time is 1 p.m. daily.

The horses with the five fastest times on Thursday will join the horses with the five fastest times on Friday in the final of the first running of the Rainbow Futurity as a $1-million race on July 21 at 400 yards.

There will be 13 trials on each day.

The first trial on Thursday pits Grade 1, $1,075,000 Heritage Place Futurity sixth-place finisher Pronto Alex against Grade 1 West Texas Futurity sixth-place finisher Pouring Rain.

Abalardo Flores Jr.’s and Carlos Lozano’s Pronto Alex has already made five starts for trainer Eddie D.Willis with a win in the $50,000 Laico Bird Stakes (R) by one-half length back in April. The gelded son of Inseperable then won his Heritage Place Futurity trial by 2 1/4 lengths before finishing sixth in the futurity.

David Pinon pilots Pronto Alex with the second post position.

Fredda Draper’s Pouring Rain showed promise at Sunland Park this spring when she won her West Texas Futurity trial in her first start and then was a lackluster sixth in the final of the first Grade 1 race in New Mexico. In her sole start at Ruidoso Downs, the Walk Thru Fire filly was sixth in her Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial.

Pouring Rain tries to step forward when she starts from the sixth post position with Larry Payne up.

The 10th trial also provides a challenging matchup with $453,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) qualifier Eagletefamous and Ruidoso Juvenile (R) third-place finisher Full Blown Dynasty.

Terry Baber’s Eagletefamous won his Sam Houston Futurity trial in his debut and then shied from horses in the futurity and was never a threat. One of 26 horses trainer Blane Wood entered in the trials, he took a positive step in his Ruidoso Futurity trial when he showed a late interest to gain third.

Ricky Ramirez has the mount with the fifth post position.

Full Blown Dynasty was third in the Ruidoso Juvenile as the 3-2 favorite. The gelding by FDD Dynasty won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length in his first start with a time of :17.589 for 350 yards.

G.R. Carter Jr. has the mount with the seventh post position.

Reliance Ranches’ Coronado Cartel brings his three-for-three record, highlighted by his Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity win, into his Ruidoso Downs debut in Friday’s eighth trial. The Corona Cartel-son nosed out Houdini, who was supplemented for $30,000 to race in the trials, to gain the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity win.

Coronado Cartel won his maiden at first asking and then rolled to a two-length win in his Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity trial.

The sixth-ranked horse in the national Quarter Horse poll for 2-year-olds, Coronado Cartel drew the second post position and regular rider Jimmy Dean Brooks will be up for trainer Willis.

Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Houdini, runner-up to Coronado Cartel in the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity, also makes his Ruidoso Downs debut. The Luis Villafranco-trained gelding won his first two starts, including a 2 ½- length romp in his Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity trial, before losing a head-bobbing finish in the futurity.

Cody Jensen has the mount on Houdini, a son of Valiant Hero, with the outside post position in the ninth race.

Johnny Trotter’s homebred Strategic Weapon may be winless from two starts but is still a potentially dangerous Grade 1 horse. He was second in his Ruidoso Futurity trial with the second-fastest qualifying time and then had a horrid seventh-place trip in the Ruidoso Futurity at 7-2 odds that can be disregarded.

A half-brother to champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle, the Wood-trained gelding has Ramirez up with the sixth post position in the third trial.

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