West Texas Maturity, NM Spring Futurity Trials Set for Friday

Jess Featureme Quick, Faith Mountain top Maturity trials at Sunland Park.


Faith Mountain is among the 25 aged sprinters entered in Friday's 400-yard West Texas Maturity trials at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Jess Featureme Quick and Faith Mountain are among the 25 aged sprinters entered in Friday’s 400-yard West Texas Maturity (G3) at Sunland Park.

A homebred 7-year-old son of Feature Mr Jess trained by Paul Jones for owner Melissa Ann Miller, Jess Featureme Quick will be making his first start since January 3, when the gelding ran fourth, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner Zoomin Effortlessly, in the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

Jess Featureme Quick drew post 6 and will be ridden by Salvador Martinez in the first of three trials. His seven opponents in the first heat include Fernando Villela’s Faith Mountain, a 5-year-old Panther Mountain mare trained by Taurino Gutierrez. Faith Mountain is coming off of a neck victory at odds of 18-1 in the 350-yard, $50,000 KOFX-FM Handicap (G3) on February 26.

Jesse Levario will ride Faith Mountain from post 6.

Other prominent entries in the West Texas Maturity trials include JM Miracle, a 4-year-old gelded son of Volcom trained by Albert Franco for Javier Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas. The winner of the 2014 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, JM Miracle drew post 6 and will be ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr. in the third trial.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $65,000-added West Texas Maturity final on April 24.

New Mexican Spring Futurity Trials
A total of 61 state-bred juveniles has been entered in seven 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials on Friday.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the May 1, $140,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity final.

Fifty-two of the 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s trials will be making their career debuts. Jess Try N Catch Me, the lone winner in the trials, is a brown daughter of Jesse James Jr trained by Jason Giles for owners Jim Laird, Clyde Woerner, Jose R. Espinosa, and Jill Giles. The filly made her debut with a wire-to-wire, half-length victory at odds of 15-1 in a 300-yard, $20,850 maiden-special-weight dash for state-breds on March 18.

Jess Try N Catch Me will be ridden by Adrian Ramos from post 2 in the seventh trial.

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