Ruidoso Futurity Qualifiers

Ruidoso Futurity Qualifiers

After two days and 30 trials, the field is set for the $1-million final.

Otts Boy. PHOTO: Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs

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Following 30 trials, the field is set for the June 12, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

The fastest qualifier from Saturday's trials, Otts Boy, won the 13th of 15 trials by 1 1/2 lengths. Racing against a reported 16-mph head wind, the gelded son of the Corona Cartel stallion Mr Ottyes covered 350 yards in :17.846 under jockey Ramon Sanchez. Toby Keeton prepped Otts Boy for owner Luke R. Goebel.

"The horse was very quiet warming up and going into the gate," said Sanchez of Otts Boy. "He was very professional about his business."

Otts Boy was bred in Texas by Goebel Welding Construction LLC. The gelding has won both of his outs and has banked $16,650.

"I knew this horse might be special when he was born," said Goebel, who raised Otts Boy on his ranch in Three Rivers, Texas. "We've never been in a stakes final like this before. This is a big deal to our family."

Otts Boy recorded the second-fastest overall qualifying time, behind the fastest overall qualifier, Chasing AJ. Saturday's second-fastest qualifier and seventh-fastest overall qualifier, Ride Around, won the fourth heat by three-quarters of a length while covering 350 yards in :18.054 against a reported 25-mph head wind. Felipe Garcia-Luna rode the Favorite Cartel filly for owner La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC and trainer Xavier Rodriguez.

Ride Around was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns. An $80,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the filly is out of Walk Around Blues, a 10-year-old Walk Thru Fire mare who won the 2015 Garden Grove Handicap at Los Alamitos and was a finalist in that season's Southern California (G1) and Golden State (G2) derbies.

Ride Around has won both of her races and has earned $19,200.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the Ruidoso Futurity final. Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the June 12, $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

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