Big Day for Trainer Blane Wood at Ruidoso Downs

The veteran conditioner on Saturday qualified three finalists to the June 12, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal

Randy and Sandy Coleman's Ms Maggie Mae was a daylight winner of Saturday's third Ruidoso Futurity trial. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Trainer Blane Wood had a big day at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday, as he qualified three of his 2-year-olds -- Ms Maggie Mae, Jess Paint Ur Wagon, and Tough To Bee -- to the June 12, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

On Friday, Wood qualified overall ninth-fastest qualifier Cash And Corona to the rich stakes.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for owners Randy and Sandy Coleman and aided by an 11-mph tail wind, Ms Maggie Mae won Saturday's 350-yard third heat by 2 1/4 lengths in :17.641. The homebred daughter of One Famous Eagle was making her career debut.

Ramirez rode all four of Wood's qualifiers during the two days of Ruidoso Futurity trials. Wood's other qualifiers on Saturday were Terry and Irene Stennett's Jess Paint Ur Wagon and Paragon Farms' Tough To Bee.

"I'm very pleased," Wood said on Saturday. "It's the team. Trey (Blane's son), Ricky, and everybody else deserve the credit.

"It also takes a lot of good owners," he added. "We have fun. The owners are part of our family. We go out to dinner together and have fun. I like where we're at."

Saturday's fifth-fastest qualifier, Turner Farms' One Hot Habit, made the Ruidoso Futurity final despite racing into a 14-mph head wind in the 10th trial. The Walk Thru Fire filly covered the trip in :17.788 while making her debut for trainer Paul Jones.

"She's a May foal, and she's the real deal," said Lisa Saumell, who runs' Jones New Mexico operation, of One Hot Habit. "I've thought she was the fastest of our 2-year-olds from the start."

Click here for a complete list of Ruidoso Futurity qualifiers. Click here for a list of qualifers to the June 12, $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

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