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Four Supplements to Ruidoso Futurity

Ruidoso Downs set to open with 25 trials on Friday.

May 20, 2012

The futurity and derby growth at Ruidoso Downs continues at an amazing pace with 248 entrants – highlighted by four supplemental nominees – in the 25 trials to the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity held on opening day Friday with a special 10 a.m. first post time.

Last year, there were 201 trial entrants in 21 Ruidoso Futurity trials. The $600,000 purse is up from $500,000 last year and surpasses the previous record purse of $565,596.

The Memorial Day weekend racing continues on Saturday through Monday with the usual 1 p.m. first post time. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs.

On Saturday, All American Futurity (G1) winner Ochoa and Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Feature Mr Bojangles, two of the three 2011 juvenile champions, are expected to compete in the trials to the Ruidoso Derby (G1). The Ruidoso Derby purse could exceed $800,000 and projects to be the fourth-richest Quarter Horse derby run in 2012.

The four supplements, at a cost of $15,000 each, are headed by the undefeated $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) winner PJ Chick In Black. The Desirio daughter accelerated to win her maiden by one length when she won her New Mexican Spring Futurity trial in her career debut.

Owned by Fredda Draper with Denny and Susie Bowen, PJ Chick In Black returned for Carl Draper in the Spring Futurity to show a bright future with a one-length win in an excellent :14.91 for 300 yards.

Esgar Ramirez rides PJ Chick In Black with the eighth post position in the ninth trial.

The other supplements are Caballo Famous Eagle, Wasting No Corona and CR Sweet Te. All the supplements also gain eligibility to continue making sustaining payments for the 2013 Ruidoso Derby.

Sunset Well Services’ homebred Caballo Famous Eagle, a son of first-year sire One Famous Eagle, is still a maiden, however has shown promise with a late running fourth-place finish in the 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G1) while being timed in :14.82. The Alberto Franco-trained gelding has trouble at the start of his West Texas Futurity trial and rallied to finish a close third, beaten by only a neck. Caballo Famous Eagle starts from the sixth post position in the 10th trial with Abdel Torres up.

Anna Crowson’s Wasting No Corona is also a maiden who is futurity tested. The gelding was third in his trial to the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity at Louisiana Downs in his first start and then came through with a fourth-place effort in the Grade 3 final. Modesto Pina will ride Wasting No Corona when they start from the sixth post position in the 12th trial.

W.R. Herring’s Cr Sweet Te makes a class jump for the Ruidoso Futurity trials. The Roy Marcom-trained filly made her only start in a Remington Park maiden race and finished third, beaten by one length over 300 yards. She then won her training race at Ruidoso Downs with a sharp :15.754 time, the third-fastest time from the three days of training races. Cr Sweet Te is in the final trial with the fifth post position and G.R. Carter up.

J and M Racing and Farm’s Featuring Alene, a daughter of Feature Mr Jess, had the fastest time from the training races – :15.669 for 300 yards – and has the seventh post position in the 23rd trial when she makes her career debut. Esgar Ramirez has the mount.

West Texas Futurity third-place finisher Pajarita Sita, the futurity’s 5-2 favorite, starts in the 17th trial with the seventh post position. Esgar Ramirez rides the daughter of first-year sire Pappasito.

To receive the trial times of the top-three finishers in each trial within a few minutes of the times’ approval, follow Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter. These times will be available about 20 minutes before the race chart is posted online at Equibase.com. You may obtain general Ruidoso Downs information at www.raceruidoso.com.