Heza Wild Dragon Takes Mountain Top
Genuine Strawfly gelding scores rich purse at Ruidoso Downs.
June 15, 2013
The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon showed he could have a very bright future with a late-running win in the $356,980 Mountain Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The purse for the Mountain Top Futurity sported a 20-percent increase over last year’s running.
“He broke really nice from the gate,” said winning rider Esgar Ramirez. “He had a little stumble at about 100 yards, but picked it up and was really running at the end.”
Heza Wild Dragon was all out to catch Gary Thompson’s Threedeewoodee. The Manuel Gutierrez-ridden gelding bolted to the lead from the inside post position and then drifted out for most of the race. Heza Wild Dragon nailed Threedeewodee at the wire by a nose. It was a neck back to third-place finisher Kaydns Krusader.
A gelding by Genuine Strawfly and Hidden Dragon, Heza Wild Dragon earned $149,953 for racing the 350 yards in :17.326.
Heza Wild Dragon, $15,000 Ruidoso Sale purchase bred by Rafter W Stables, made his career debut in the Mountain Top trials and impressed with a three-quarter-length win and the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.587 from 10 trials.
“I had him down at Sunland Park and knew he was good from the first time we worked him,” said Cordova. “We just saved him for this race.
“We’ll keep running him against New Mexico-breds and point to the Zia Futurity (on July 28).” He could be an All American Futurity prospect after the Zia Futurity.”
Runner-up Threedeewoodee nearly held on to win for trainer Chris Zamora. The Woodbridge-sired gelding was second in the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) and then won his Mountain Top trial by 2 3/4 lengths with the sixth-fastest time of :17.713.
Threedeewodee was a $39,000 Ruidoso Sale yearling purchase from the MJ Farm consignment.
J and M Racing and Farm’s third-place runner Kaydns Crusader, also trained by Cordova, is still a maiden after three starts with a close third-place run in the New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity (R) and two second-place trial finsihes. The Sixes Royal gelding sold in the Ruidoso Yearling Sale for $17,000.
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