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Major Winners Head John Deere Ruidoso Challenge Trials

Undefeated graded stakes winners set for trials on Friday afternoon.

July 14, 2013

The Rainbow Futurity (G1) and Rainbow Derby (G1) racing weekend at Ruidoso Downs starts on Friday afternoon with $452,800 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner Especially Tres and $95,410 Four Corners Futurity (G3) winner Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle putting their unbeaten records on the line in the trials to the $54,720 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge.

First post time for the nine-race card is 1 p.m. with the 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge trials running as the first six races. The horses with the 10 fastest times return for the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on August 3.

Jim Pitts’ Especially Tres, a $2,500 late nominee, makes her first start since winning the Sam Houston Futurity back in April. The daughter of Dashair impressed with the 1 ½-length after win as the favorite. She earned that favoritism by dominating her trial by 2 ¾ lengths with the third-fastest qualifying time.

Trainer Blane Wood will have regular rider Ricky Ramirez up with the inside post position in the third trial.

Jason Giles’ Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle is three-for-three and comes off a win in the Four Corners Futurity that earned her the SunRay Park Quarter Horse of the meet title. The Maknmoves filly from the Wes Giles barn won the Four Corners Futurity by three-quarters of a length in a sharp :17.362 for 350 yards. She also won a maiden race and her Four Corners Futurity trial at the Farmington track.

Jorge Martin Bourdieu, who was up for the futurity win, retains the mount with the seventh post position in the fourth trial.

Racing runs on a Friday through Monday schedule at Ruidoso Downs. There is always free parking and free general admission.

For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and obtain the latest news by following the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter. For Rainbow Futurity/Derby and All American Futurity/Derby insights, check out allamerican-ruidoso.com.