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Jesastar's Rivals Tough in Rainbow

Rainbow Futurity filled with promising young stars.

July 19, 2012

Juan Medina’s Jesastar sports the stakes experience and holds fastest-qualifier honors, however, he faces a competitive field positioned to step up in the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Jesastar (Mr Jess Perry-Abstinence by Special Effort) has flourished after finishing second in each of his starts this spring at Remington Park. In his Ruidoso Downs debut, he won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by a head and then came back to finish third in the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1), just a neck off winner PJ Chick In Black.

Trained by Raymond Vargas, Jesastar continued his development in his Rainbow Futurity trial when he drew away to a 1 3/4-length win in :19.741 for the 400 yards, the fastest time from 23 trials.

Following Jesastar on the qualifiers’ list are a number of horses who are showing improving form and are positioned to win the Rainbow Futurity if they can step forward.

Dosi and Norma Alvarez’s second-fastest qualifier Vancouver Moon (FDD Dynasty-Nagano Moon by Major Rime) is undefeated from two starts and each of her wins has come in very impressive fashion. The half-sister to champion First Moonflash won a Ruidoso Downs maiden race by 2 lengths and then improved on that effort to take her Rainbow Futurity trial by 2 3/4 lengths. She posted the second-fastest qualifying mark of :19.817.

Double Eagle Ranch’s Carters Cookie (Carters Cartel-One Flying Cookie by Strawfly Special) showed a big upside after winning his Rainbow Futurity trial by 2 lengths in his career debut. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding opened a daylight lead early in the trial and then rolled to the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.892.

Kathleen O. Matey’s homebred Pyro (Make It Anywhere-Rare Kayoh by Rare Form) raced to a third-place finish when he debuted in the Ruidoso Futurity trials and then found the winner’s circle after the Ruidoso Juvenile (R). The John Stinebaugh-trained gelding took the Ruidoso Juvenile by a neck and then his Rainbow Futurity trial by a length, with the fourth-fastest time of :19.916.

Robert Gentry Family Partnership’s Scatmandu (Scat Daddy (TB)-Fodice by First Down Dash) is undefeated from two starts and is the fifth-fastest qualifier at :19.939. The colt is a half brother to Grade 1-winner Fovee, by Cuvee (TB).

Raymundo Villareal Jr.’s Eyegotitgoinon (Mr Eye Opener-Cant Hide Love by Special Effort), the sole $25,000 supplemental nominee to the Rainbow Futurity, and Fly Hooves RC’s Blaze Carver (Wave Carver-Blazin Fire by This Snow Is Royal) finished in a dead heat in the fifth trial and share the sixth-fastest qualifying time of :19.987.

The Blane Wood-trained Eyegotitgoinon won each of his two starts at Remington Park, including the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3).

The improving Blaze Carver came into the Rainbow Futurity trials after a second-place run in a Remington Park maiden race.