A Revenant Tops Day One of Rainbow Futurity Trials

The Mr Jess Perry colt won the fifth of 15 400-yard heats at Ruidoso Downs on Friday.

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A Revenant, a Grade 1-placed son of Mr Jess Perry, posted the fastest qualifying time from the first day of Rainbow Futurity trials on Friday. PHOTO: Gay Harris

A Revenant sprinted to a clear one-length victory in the fifth of 15 Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials on Friday, and the Mr Jess Perry colt posted the fastest qualifying time from the first day of trials at Ruidoso Downs.

This year's Rainbow Futurity will offer a $1-million purse and be run on July 24.

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Mike Joiner, A Revenant covered 400 yards in :19.812 while earning his second win in three outs. The colt races for Johnny D. Cope, R.D. Hubbard, Rafter W Stables, and Henry "Butch" Southway, who acquired the colt for $152,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

After he crossed the finish line, A Revenant was pulled up on the backstretch by Jensen.

"He bled slightly," said Hubbard. "The jockey always has instructions that if they bleed at all to stop and not bring them back (to be unsaddled). He got to the test barn and was drinking water and pulling the handler around. When he got back to the barn, he was fine."

A Revenant was bred in Oklahoma by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas. His sire was the sport's champion 2-year-old in 1994, and his dam, the 14-year-old Mr Eye Opener mare Thewayouwantmetoo, won the 2004 Rainbow Futurity.

A Revenant was coming off of a second-place finish to Apolltical Chad in the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) in June. The colt has banked $184,800.

Jensen and Joiner both enjoyed successful days on Friday. Jensen rode the winners of four trials and Joiner saddled three winners. Joiner also rode third-fastest qualifier Muddy Watters and fourth-fastest qualifier Drinkin Class, who is trained by Joiner.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers from the first day of trials. There will be another 15 Rainbow Futurity trials on Saturday, with the five fastest qualifiers from Saturday joining the five fastest from Friday.

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