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Rae Of Fire Fastest to Sunland Winter Futurity

Fastest qualifier attempts to prove herself in futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
December 24, 2013

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Abelerdo Gallegos’ Rae Of Fire tries to prove her rapid rise this fall is worthy of a futurity win when she starts as the fastest qualifier to the $140,000 Sunland Park Winter Futurity (G2) on Friday afternoon at Sunland Park.

The 400-yard Winter Futurity starts a class-filled weekend at Sunland Park with the $137,375 Sunland Winter Derby (G2) on Saturday and then the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on Sunday.

Rae Of Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Madie Rae by Major Rime) was a maiden from three starts – her best finish was a fourth-place run – until she won her maiden at Zia Park in late October at 17-1 odds. That was her second start for trainer Juan Gonzalez, and she won by a half length with a :19.814 time for 400 yards.

She gained some respect in her Sunland Winter Futurity trial when she went off at 4-1 odds and responded with a three-quarter-length win in the fourth of six trials. She recorded a :19.399 time to be the fastest qualifier by the equivalent of three-quarters of a length.

Bill Price’s homebred Fatal Policy (First Down Dash-CC Policy by Corona Cartel) was second to Rae Of Fire with the fourth-fastest time of :19.530. The Trey Wood-trained gelding may have the class edge. He qualified for the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) and has a win and a pair of seconds since the All American Futurity.

Another member of the deep Wood barn, Hector Ramirez’s Cruzin (Swingin Jess-Spill Perfume by Tommy De Great) should be dangerous with his trial win as the second-fastest qualifier. The gelding raced to his third win from his latest four starts when he battled to a head win over third-fastest qualifier Mooncielago B (First Moonflash-LS Honey Brown by Light On Cash). Cruzin was timed in :19.501, while Mooncielago B came through with a :19.523 mark.

Cruzin’s only setback in his last four outs was a seventh-place run in the $408,915 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) two starts ago.

Richard Ford’s Mooncielago B remains a maiden after five stars for trainer Lonnie Vaughn. Before his close second behind Cruzin, he was second in a maiden race as the 5-2 favorite.