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Zia Futurity Trials Preview

Graded stakes winners Colby James, Honky Tonk Daddy headline Friday's trials at Ruidoso Downs.
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Rex Wells’ Colby James, a graded stakes winning son of Jesse James Jr trained by Rudy Valles, is one of 109 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 28, $432,129 Zia Futurity final.

A $15,000 yearling buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Colby James has earned $248,397 from four starts, and his three wins include a nose victory in the 350-yard, $404,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) on June 15. The sorrel gelding’s resume also includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Honky Tonk Daddy, in the 300-yard, $393,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park in May.

Colby James drew post 9 and will be ridden by Alan Hernandez in the fourth of 11 trials.

“He’s doing great,” said Valles of Colby James. “He’s eating great, and he’s sound. He’s doing as good as a horse can do.

“I think the further he goes, the more he’ll like it,” the trainer added. “The 400 yards should be right down his alley.”

Honky Tonk Daddy drew Post 6 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez in the second heat. Trained by Jose Luis Muela for owner US Alliance Logistic, the sorrel Big Daddy Cartel filly was a $14,000 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale. Honky Tonk Daddy has won both of her outs, including the New Mexican Spring Futurity, and she has banked $190,277.

Muela will also send out Princess Katelyn, a homebred gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel owned by Edilberto Estrada. The 9-5 morning-line favorite in the 10th trial, the filly will be stretching out in distance off of her second-place run to Colby James in the Mountain Top Futurity.

Princess Katelyn has earned $90,729 from four races. The filly drew post 9 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

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