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Q-Racing Blog: Fair Futurities

There is a lot of history behind these two races.
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By Ty Wyant


The New Mexico State Fair had been a big deal in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico since 1938 and there has been horse racing at the fair since opening day of the first state fair. Racing at the New Mexico State Fair predates the formation of the American Quarter Horse Association.

During the early years, the horse races were held and then the rodeo was contested on the racetrack. Imagine the track superintendent – if there was an individual with that title – and his challenges.

This year, the two futurities – the $398,140 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) and the $245,946 La Fiesta Futurity – will be run on September 22 and trainer Mike Joiner is in a good position in each of the 400-yard contests. Joiner sends out second-fastest qualifier Apollo Chicks in the State Fair Futurity and fastest-qualifier One Flying Dynasty in the La Fiesta.

Wallace Johnson’s homebred Apollo Chicks scored her second impressive win from two starts when she won her State Fair Futurity trial by 1 length, with a time of :19.789.

In her debut at Ruidoso Downs on August 23, the Jess A Chicks daughter raced to a dominating 1 3/4-length victory.

Joiner had her entered to race on August 9, however rain from a severe thunderstorm forced the program to be terminated after the fourth race and Apollo Chicks was in the cancelled sixth race.

“She needed a race and we wanted to run sooner (than August 23),” Joiner said. “The races were called off. It was a short time between August 23 and the State Fair Futurity trial (on September 5), but we had 17 days between the trial and finals and that should help.

“She’s pretty mature and she’s a nice filly.”

Topping the State Fair Futurity qualifiers list is MJ Farm’s homebred Donelli. The Big Daddy Cartel-sired filly has won two of her four starts and was second by only a nose in the $50,000 By By JJ during the Zia Festival on July 27 at Ruidoso Downs.

The Wes Giles trained Donelli stepped up in her State Fair Futurity trial to dominate by 2 1/4 lengths in :19.671.

In the La Fiesta Futurity for open 2-year-olds, One Flying Dynasty came through for owners Joe David Yates, Richard Young and Michael S. Bennett. The FDD Dynasty-sired gelding won the first of three trials by one-half length in :19.537.

One Flying Dynasty won his maiden in his third start when he scored the trial win. He was second in a Ruidoso Downs’ maiden race and then third in his All American Futurity trial.

“He stood up there and broke well,” Joiner said. “He ran a nice race.

“We worked him in April and he worked well. Then he became shin sore. We wanted to give him a race before his All American Futurity trial and he ran a nice race in a strong trial. He’s training well and pulled up well after his (La Fiesta) trial.”

The New Mexico State Fair has a strong horse racing history. Plus, now there is no rodeo on the racetrack.

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