Field Set for Grade 1, $1-Million Rainbow Futurity

Uptown Dynasty, Eagle Jazz will be rematched on July 23.

Q-Racing Journal

Melvin Neugebauer's Uptown Dynasty (green cap) defeated Painted Wine Wagon by a neck on Saturday, topping the second day of Rainbow Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

The field has been set for the July 23, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) on Ruidoso Downs, and Uptown Dynasty and Eagle Jazz -- the two juveniles who finished in a deadheat for the win in the June 11 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) -- are headed for a rematch.

Racing in the third of three 400-yard trials on Saturday, Uptown Dynasty defeated fellow Rainbow finalist Painted Wine Wagon by a neck in :19.711. Cipriano Vidana rode the gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry for Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, and trainer Wes Giles.

Neugebauer acquired Uptown Dynasty for $65,000 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. The gelding has won three of four starts and has earned $305,400.

"It's been great this summer," said Neugebauer, referring to Uptown Dynasty's success. "It feel pressure, but it's fun pressure. If he hadn't come out of the Ruidoso Futurity 100 percent, then we would've passed the Rainbow."

Uptown Dynasty was the fastest qualifier from Saturday's 12 trials. Eagle Jazz recorded the fastest qualifying time from Friday, the first day of trials.

If either Uptown Dynasty or Eagle Jazz win the Rainbow Futurity, then go on to win the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) on Labor Day, the connections of that horse will earn the $4-million All American Triple Crown Bonus, and the horse would become Quarter Horse racing's all-time leading money earner.

Click here for a complete list of Rainbow Futurity finalsts. Click here for a list of finalists to the July 23, $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

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