A Revenant Rallies to Win $1-Million Rainbow Futurity

The overall fastest qualifier and son of Mr Jess Perry scored his first stakes win on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

A Revenant reached the wire a neck in front of Paint My Pilot to win Sunday's Grade 1, 400-yard Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Cody Jensen rode fastest overall qualifier and odds-on favorite A Revenant to the colt's first stakes victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Prepped by Mike Joiner for owners R.D. Hubbard, Ray Willis' Rafter W Stables, Johnny Cope and Henry "Butch" Southway, A Revenant defeated Paint My Pilot by a neck in :19.708. According to Jensen, the brown son of Mr Jess Perry got away quickly from post 10.

"He got away extremely well for him," said the rider. "I drew next to (fifth-fastest qualifier) Muddy Watters, and he starts well. I liked that because it gave us a target to run at.

"I switched sticks to my left hand when we hit the crowd, and he took off," Jensen added. "He galloped out great."

A $152,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, A Revenant was bred in Oklahoma by Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas. The colt is out of Thewayouwantmetoo, a 14-year-old daughter of Mr Eye Opener who won the 2004 Rainbow Futurity.

All told, A Revenant has won three of his four starts, with his only loss being a close second-place finish in the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on June 12. The $420,000 winner's share of the Rainbow Futurity purse increased his earnings to $604,800.

A Revenant will now be pointed to the August 19-20 All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso.

"Number one on my bucket list is (winning) the All American Futurity," said Hubbard, who is also owner of Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. "I have to say that the jockey and trainer did an outstanding job. It's a great crew."

Lethal Class ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind A Revenant, and was followed by A Tres, Muddy Watters, Ultimate Return, Soar Like An Eagle, De La Eagle, and Drinkin Class. Sixth-fastest qualifier One Famous Beau was scratched.

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