Lethal Lil Tops First Day of Rainbow Futurity Trials

The Corona Cartel filly leads the way on Friday.

Q-Racing Journal

Jose Alvarez rode Lethal Lil to a 1 1/4-length win in the third of 14 Rainbow Futurity trials. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Lethal Lil, a bay daughter of Corona Cartel owned by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC, on Friday posted the fastest qualifying time on the first day of Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Joel Valeriano Jr., Lethal Lil won the third of 14 400-yard trials by 1 1/4 lengths in :19.782 while racing against a reported 7-mph head wind. Jose Alvarez rode the filly.

Lethal Lil was bred in Texas by P.K. Thomas. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, the filly has won two of four starts and has earned $14,343, and she was a finalist in the April 14, 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park.

Lethal Lil was stretching out in distance off of her fifth-place finish in a 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial on May 26.

"She can run," Valeriano said after the race. "She didn't break well in her Ruidoso Futurity trial, so we did a lot of gate work with her."

One Famous Stone, the second-fastest qualifier from Friday, broke his maiden with a two-length win as the 6-5 favorite in the 12th heat. Ridden by James Flores for owners Jose J. Espinoza and Pedro Aguado and trainer Josue Ponce, the gelded son of One Famous Eagle went 400 yards in :19.813 while aided by a reported 11-mph tail wind.

"He was just a little tardy at the start," said Flores of One Famous Stone's trip. "I let him find his stride and then stayed out of his way."

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers from the first day of Rainbow Futurity trials. Fourteen more trials will be contested at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. (MDT).

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