Eight Trials for Mountain Top Futurity

Junior June Bug one of the favorites in the trials for New Mexico-breds.

May 27, 2012

Richard McGehee’s Junior June Bug, second to PJ Chick In Black in the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), gets the eight trials to the Restricted Grade 2, $296,432 Mountain Top New Mexico-bred Futurity trials off to a fast start on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Junior June Bug runs in the first trial with the eight trials going as the first eight races on the nine-race program. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission.

The horses with the 10 fastest qualifying from the Mountain Top Futurity trials return for the final on June 16. The Mountain Top Futurity purse is up from $276,609 last year.

The top three finishers and their times will be available soon after each trial by following Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.

The Jackie Riddle-trained Junior June Bug turned in an excellent race in the $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity, but she just happened to be up against the promising filly PJ Chick In Black and came up one-length short of the win.

PJ Chick In Black came back in the trials to the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity and raced to the fourth-fastest qualifying time from 245 juveniles running in the 25 trials. She will be one of the Ruidoso Futurity favorites on June 9 when the race is run on the same card as the Grade 1, $679,000 Ruidoso Derby and the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes. I’ll Have Another will be trying to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

A son of Jessie James Jr, Junior June Bug won his maiden at first asking when he took his New Mexican Spring Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length.

Carlos Madeira picked up the mount on Junior June Bug and they have the second post position.

SMS Racing’s Famous Jesse, fifth-place finisher in the New Mexican Spring Futurity, returns in the third Mountain Top Futurity trial. He was third in a Sunland Park maiden race before winning his Mountain Top Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length as the 17-10 favorite.

Bonifacio Perez rides Famous Jesse with the ninth post position.