Eagle Jazz Tops First Day of Rainbow Futurity Trials
Judd Kearl trains the top three qualifiers from Friday's 12 heats.
July 6, 2017
Juan Medina's Eagle Jazz, a homebred One Famous Eagle gelding conditioned by reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl, topped the first day of Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials on Friday at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo and aided by a reported 16-mph tail wind, Eagle Jazz won the third trial by 3 1/4 lengths in :19.606 for 400 yards. The gelding earned a 95 speed index and his fifth win in six outs.
Eagle Jazz has earned $480,449, and on June 11 he finished in a dead heat for the win in the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1). His resume includes a second-place finish in the April 22, 330-yard Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds.
"We're just going to keep him happy," Kearl said of Eagle Jazz. "He's in great shape."
Vallejo and Kearl also qualified the second- and third-fastest qualifiers from Friday's trials, Lena Cartel and Starfield. Lena Cartel won the first trial for owners David and Meg Brown, while Starfield is a colt by champion Fdd Dynasty campaigned by Paragon Farms LLC.
Lena Cartel has won two of three starts and ran third in the Grade 2, 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity in April.
"She got wiped out at the start of the Sam Houston Futurity, or I think she would have won it," said Kearl. "She's had some rest and should move forward off of this race."
Starfield was a $102,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
"He was my pick at the sale," Kearl said of Starfield. "He was a grand-looking colt, like he is now. The owners didn't want to spend more than $100,000, but I said I'd throw in $2,000.
"I think he will step up after this race," the trainer added.
Click here for a complete list of finalists from the first day of trials.