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Rainbow Futurity Trials Set for Tuesday

Post time pushed back to 11 a.m. for card of 23 trials.

June 30, 2012

The second- and third-place runners in the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity – Krash Cartel and Jesastar – return in the 23 trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity on Tuesday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

There will be a special 11 a.m. first post time to accommodate the 400-yard trials. The normal 1 p.m. first post time returns for the Fourth of July when the trials to the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby are contested.

The horses with the 10 fastest times from the trials qualify to return to race in the Rainbow Futurity on Sunday, July 22.

There are 226 2-year-old entrants in the trials. This compares to 219 entrants in 22 Rainbow Futurity trials last year. The lone $25,000 supplemental nominee to this year’s trials is Eyegotitgoinon.

Los Primitos’ Krash Cartel was the odds-on favorite in the Ruidoso Futurity but came up a neck short of PJ Chick In Black, who is passing the Rainbow Futurity and pointing at the All American Futurity (G1) trials.

The John Stinebaugh-trained Krash Cartel earned his 9-10 favoritism in the Ruidoso Futurity after a stunning career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity trials. The Corona Cartel son, who was a $72,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, drew away to win his trial by more than four lengths and his time of :17.759 for 350 yards was the quickest time from 27 trials.

Krash Cartel starts in the 17th Rainbow trial with the second post position. Cody Jensen will be aboard.

Juan Medina’s Jesastar stepped up at 10-1 odds for a close third-place run in the Ruidoso Futurity, beaten by a neck. The Mr Jess Perry son won his maiden in his third start when he won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by a neck for trainer Raymond Vargas.

Jesastar made a pair of starts at Remington Park and was second in each of those efforts. Roy Baldillez will be aboard Jesastar with the 10th post position in the third trial.

The lone supplemental nominee, Raymundo Villarreal Jr.’s Eyegotitgoinon, makes his Ruidoso Downs debut for trainer Blane Wood after winning each of his two starts at Remington Park this spring. The Mr Eye Opener gelding won for a $20,000 maiden claiming tag in his first start and then dominated Oklahoma-breds by 1 ¾-lengths in the $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes (RG3).

Kathleen O. Maley’s Pyro looks to continue his improvement for trainer Stinebaugh after winning the Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational (R), a race for horses who did not qualify for the Ruidoso Futurity. The gelding was third in his Ruidoso Futurity trial and then took the Ruidoso Juvenile by one-half length in :17.921.

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