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Trainer Shae Cox ready for West Texas Futurity.

Quarter Racing Journal

Trainer Shae Cox is ready for the West Texas Futurity.

Trainer Shae Cox is on a roll and is rolling into the $230,100 West Texas Futurity (G2) with three of the 10 qualifiers to the 300-yard dash on April 15.

Cox has top-qualifier Suenos Dineros, fifth-fastest qualifier Rosicky and seventh-fastest qualifier Phantom Fury in the West Texas.

The West Texas Futurity is the start on the open futurity season in New Mexico and the first real gauge of the precocious members of this year’s juvenile division in the state. The next indicator to watch is the training races at Ruidoso Downs on May 8-10 before the summer season at Ruidoso starts on May 26. Meanwhile, the 2-year-olds are already going strong in Louisiana and Oklahoma, and getting started this weekend at Los Alamitos.

Bottom line: It’s a long time and a lot of great races between now and the $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day. However, one thing we do know is that Cox is training three horses that have done about everything asked of them. They have each made one start and that one out placed them in the West Texas Futurity.

“We expected a lot out of this group,” said Cox while on her pony and watching Phantom Fury gallop. “It was just the way they were training. All three clicked to racing really quick and then did well in their training races.”

Victor Lozano’s Suenos Dineros is a big colt with a lot of upside, especially as the race distances increase.

Suenos Dineros won the fourth of nine trials by three quarters of a length with the top time of :15.215.

“He is very large and in charge,” Cox said. “He’s been sound and the day after the trial, he looked like he could run again.”

A gelding by Bodacious Dash, Suenos Dineros may point at the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and is a possible All American Futurity supplement.

Oscar Leos’ Rosicky dominated his trial by 2 1/4 lengths and made the finals with a :15.281 time.

Rosicky also came out of his trial in good order. “He was biting at the bit this morning,” Cox said.

A Tee Cos-sired gelding, Rosicky is a Louisiana-bred and may be heading back to his native state to vie for the large Louisiana-bred purses.

Phantom Fury, also owned by Lozano, was in an advantageous trial. He finished third behind second-fastest qualifier Mountain Holme. Phantom Fury was timed in :15.338.

“He got drug into the finals in a fast trial,” Cox said. He was beaten by three quarters of a length.

“He is really smart, calm and relaxed. So is Rosicky,” Cox said. “He won his schooling races and he should improve like all of them should improve in their second out.”

Cox, 29, has been involved with racehorses since she was 12-years-old. It should be no surprise. The El Paso native’s grandfather had Thoroughbreds and her mother owned Quarter Horses.

Now she holds an enviable position in the West Texas Futurity. “We’re just taking it one race at a time and the main thing is to keep them sound,” Cox said.

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