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Press ReleaseJuly 27, 2014
Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez’s Girlonthego prevailed in a prototypical American Quarter Horse noses-on-the-wire finish to win the Restricted Grade 1, $392,253 Zia Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The Zia Futurity offered the largest purse during the two-day Zia Festival celebrating New Mexico-bred racing for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. The first day of Zia Festival, which included the other Quarter Horse stakes, was on Saturday.
Girlonthego finished a head in front of Seeyalateralligator and it was a nose back to third-place finisher Tuscan Redd. The top-seven finishers crossed the line within three necks, two noses and a head.
The Jaime Parga Leos-ridden Girlonthego was timed in :19.516 for the 400 yards.
A daughter of Manonthemove, Girlonthego raced to her third-straight win in the Zia Futurity. She started her Ruidoso Downs’ campaign with a non-qualifying win in her Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) trial. She then won her Zia Futurity trial by a head with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.547 for trainer Juan Gonzalez.
Ezra Elton Lee and Jason Giles’ runner-up Seeyalateralligator, trained by Wes Giles, was third in the New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park and then won his Zia Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length.
Raymond Gilder’s Tuscan Redd was the second-fastest qualifier to the Zia Futurity for trainer Jackie Riddle with a time of :19.510. The gelding won his trial by one-half length.
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