Q-Racing Blog: The Top 10

Examining the early fast freshmen.

Examining the early fast freshmen.

The 2-year-olds that have been racing since March 1 are showing their relative prominence as the futurities get longer and there is an increase in the number of $1 million races. Here’s how they stand in the current AQHA National Poll.

Blue Corazon (No. 1) – The Coronado Cartel-sired gelding goes into the Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials with two wins from two starts. Owned by Newman Cattle Co., he rolled in his Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial to win by 1 1/2 lengths. His time of :17.985 was the second-fastest mark on his trial day. He then earned his top ranking with a ½-length win in the Ruidoso Futurity. He has earned $424,800.

Wave Her Down (No. 2) – The First Down Dash filly out of broodmare of the year Runaway Wave – a full sister to champions and millionaires Ocean Runaway and Wave Carver – has also done everything asked of her with three wins from three starts. The Jeffrey and Kim Pitcher-owned Wave Her Down won her maiden and then dominated by 2 lengths in her trial to the $1,060,000 Ed Burke Futurity (G1). The Paul Jones-trained filly then fought to a neck win in the Ed Burke Futurity. She has earned $435,115.

Suze Returns (No. 3) – The only defeat on Suze Returns’ record is her second-place finish to Blue Corazon in the Ruidoso Futurity. The Joe Rios-owned filly won her first three starts, including the $269,459 West Texas Futurity (G2) by a battling neck. She has earned $316,818.

Long Wagon Ho (No. 4) – The Julio Coral-owned and -trained Long Wagon Ho has not raced since March 24 when he won the $371,200 Oklahoma Futurity (G3). He won his trial by three quarters of a length and was all out after a troubled start to defeat Reggies Bailbond by a nose in the Oklahoma Futurity. He has earned $154,264.

Lynnder 16 (No. 5) – Tom Maher and Dick Tobin’s Lynnder 16 won her first three starts, including the $864,500 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (RG2) by a head over Jess Let It B. She had her only setback when she was third in the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile, a race for horses that did not qualify for the Ruidoso Futurity. She has earned $369,546.

Wicked Affair (No. 6)   Legacy Ranch’s Wicked Affair has complied an enviable record for trainer Terry Knight. The One Sweet Jess filly has come through in her biggest races with a win in the $321,800 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2) and a second-place finish in the Ed Burke Million Futurity to Wave Her Down. She has three wins and a pair of seconds from five starts while earning $315,941.

Zee James (No. 7) – Owned by breeder Robert Driggers with Ben Lee Ivey, Zee James topped New Mexico-breds by a neck in the $396,354 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for trainer Wes Giles. The Jesse James Jr-sired filly then had a terrible start in her Ruidoso Futurity trial and managed a fourth-place finish. Zee James has earned $191,974.

Jess Let It B (No. 8) – Homer Hill’s homebred Jess Let It B, a daughter of Valiant Hero, was only a head behind Lynnder 16 in the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity. She won her maiden when she took her Ruidoso Futurity trial, however did not qualify for the futurity. She has earned $153,385.

Jess Fire Chick (No. 9) – Mike Abraham and Paul Blanchard’s Jess Fire Chick, a member of the Giles barn, is 2-for-2 with a narrow head win in the $345,000 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-breds. The Jess A Chicks-sired filly was the second-fastest qualifier and has earned $147,575.

Guidry Pride II (No. 10) – Edmundo Juarez’s Guidry Pride II started the futurity season with a neck win in the $310,466 Mardi Gras Futurity in March. He was then a non-qualifying second in his Lee Berwick Futurity trial. He has earned $142,100.

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