Suze Returns Tops Day Two of Ruidoso Futurity Trials

The graded stakes winner is the overall second-fastest qualifier to the June 10, $1-million final.

Q-Racing Journal

Joe Rios' Suze Returns, a Grade 2-winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry, was the fastest qualifier from the second day of Ruidoso Futurity trials. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Joe Rios' Suze Returns topped the second day of Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials, as the daughter of High Rate Of Return won the eighth of 16 350-yard trials on Saturday.

Ridden by Jaime Leos for trainer Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Suze Returns defeated Our Favorite Sweet by one length in :17.892. The undefeated filly was making her first start since April 14, when she scored a neck victory as the fastest qualifier in the Grade 2, 300-yard West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park.

Suze Returns was bred in Oklahoma by Flag Ranch LLC and was a $13,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. She has won all three of her starts and has earned $136,818, and she was supplemented to the Ruidoso Futurity trials by Rios for $30,000.

"Juan talked me into it," Rios said. "It didn't take much arm twisting."

The second-fastest qualifier from Saturday's trials, MRB Racing LLC's Jest Famous, won the 12th heat by three-quarters of a length in :17.932. Ricky Ramirez rode the Mr Jess Perry colt for trainer Blane Wood.

A $200,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Jest Famous was making his career debut. The colt was bred in Louisiana by Jon and Donna McPherson, and he is out of Famous Corona Lady, a 6-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel and a finalist in the 2014 Ruidoso Futurity and '15 All American Derby (G1).

"He was the biggest horse at the sale," recalled Wood of Jest Famous, a training race winner on May 8. "He's the real deal."

The five qualifiers from Saturday's trials will join Friday's five fastest qualifiers, topped by fastest overall qualifier Flash And Roll. Click here for a complete list of qualifiers. Click here for a complete list of 2-year-olds with first preference to enter the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes, which also will be run on June 10.

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