Mountain Top Finalists Set

New Mexico-bred juveniles to compete for record purse on June 15 at Ruidoso Downs.

May 31, 2013

Mitey Moon and Heza Wild Dragon each raced to impressive wins to head the 10 trials to the $356,980 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the trials return for the June 15 final.

This year’s purse is $356,980 for the 350-yard dash for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds. That is up from $296,000 last year, a 20-percent increase.

Debra Jean Laney’s homebred Mitey Moon scored by 2 1/4 lengths when she won her career debut in the first trial. The Jaime Parga-Leos ridden daughter of First Moonflash covered the 350 yards in :17.514 to top the qualifier’s list.

The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon raced the second-fastest time in the final trial when he was clocked in :17.587. The gelding by Genuine Strawfly and out of Hidden Dragon was ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

Molly Morris’ third-fastest qualifier Patrick James raced to his three-quarter-length win in the second trial under jockey Ricky Ramirez. The Blane Wood-trained gelding by Jesse James Jr stopped the timer in :17.618 for his second win from three career starts. He was fifth in the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for his only loss.

The fourth-fastest qualifier, Haysol Howlet’s Wager On Moonflash, scored by 2 3/4 lengths in the third trial under Manuel Gutierrez. The First Moonflash son was making his first start and turned in a :17.647 time for trainer Jaime Dominguez.

Racing continues through Monday at Ruidoso Downs with a 1 p.m. first post time daily. There is always free parking and free general admission.

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