Saul Scores Convincing Victory in New Mexico Breeders' Futurity
The gelding leads at every call for his first stakes win.
May 12, 2018
Saul, the second-fastest qualifier and a homebred son of the Real Runaway stallion Sign To Be A Runaway, earned his first stakes victory in Sunday's $120,652 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Ridden by Adrian Ramos and sent to post as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 10 state-bred juveniles, Saul covered 350 yards in :17.330, and his margin of victory was 1 1/4 lengths from Jess Versiontino. Wes Giles prepped the gray gelding for owners Jill B. Giles, Megan Hourigan, and Cory Taylor.
Saul was coming off of a 1 1/4-length win in his trial on April 27, a race which marked his career debut. The gelding is out of The Rainbow Rea, a winning Virginia-bred daughter of Dash Ta Fame who ran second in the 1998 Utah Classic Futurity (RG1) at Laurel Brown near Salt Lake City. His second dam, the Zevi (TB) mare The Rainbow Riva, won the '93 Cowboy Classic Futurity (G3) at Wyoming Downs.
The $56,706 winner's share of the New Mexico Breeders' Futurity purse, SunRay Park's richest for any breed, pushed Saul's earnings to $58,506 from two starts.
Fastest qualifier RF Big Daddys Girl finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner. JC Stolywood, EB Rapidito, Eyesa Flashy Jess, Meleros Big 440, Jess Diggin, Queenofsaturdaynite, and Jade completed the order of finish.
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