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Ruidoso Futurity

Fastest overall qualifier Fernweh is best in Sunday's Grade 1, $1-million feature at Ruidoso Downs.
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Fernweh took the first leg of Ruidoso Downs' All American Futurity Triple Crown, as the Favorite Cartel filly and fastest overall qualifier sprinted to a head victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Saddled by Trey Wood for owner Carry "Rusty" Allred and aided by a reported 7-mph tail wind, Fernweh stopped the timer in :17.477. Ricky Ramirez rode the sorrel filly, who was sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in the field of nine and returned a $3.80 win mutuel.

"She left there (the starting gate)," said Ramirez. "She always seems to be running by herself, and she did that so I just kept her busy."

Fernweh was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox, and the filly was a $20,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. The filly's dam, the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess A Lil Bit More, won two derbies in Texas in '07, including the Grade 1, 440-yard Dash For Cash Derby at Lone Star Park.

Fernweh's second dam, the winning Takin On The Cash mare Sheza Lilbituino, was a finalist in the 2000 Sam Houston Futurity (G1). The filly made her career debut with a 2 3/4-length victory in the second of 14 Ruidoso Futurity trials on May 25, the second of two days of trials.

The $420,000 winner's share of the Ruidoso Futurity purse increased Fernweh's earnings to $424,800. The Rainbow Futurity (G1) in July and All American Futurity (G1) in September are the second and third legs, respectively, of the All American Futurity Triple Crown.

"She's all speed and all racehorse," said Wood, who also won Saturday's Grade 1, 440-yard Ruidoso Derby with Bill T. Robbins' Apocalyptical Jess. "She ran a perfect race."

BV Sheslikethewind finished second and was followed by Oatman Creek Senator, Lil Miss Sashay, Cartel Charly, Good Candy P, Hotsempting, Kiss Thru Fire, and Silk For My Hero V. Third-fastest overall qualifier At Attention was listed by the Equibase chart as a trainer scratch.

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