Teller Baja, A Revenant Lead This Weekend's Rainbow Futurity Trials

A total of 300 juveniles have been entered in 400-yard trials Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.

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Teller Baja, the winner of the April 23, $888,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity for owner Juan Medina, is one of 300 juveniles entered in this weekend's Rainbow Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

A total of 300 2-year-olds, minus Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner Apolltical Chad, has been entered in this weekend's 400-yard Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers -- the top five from both Friday and Saturday -- will meet in the $1-million Rainbow Futurity final on July 24.

The connections of Apolltical Chad -- owner Nueve Racing and trainer Wes Giles -- have opted not to enter the Rainbow trials and will instead point the gelding toward the 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials next month, meaning that there will not be an All American Triple Crown winner this year. However, a promising group of 2-year-olds will contest the Rainbow trials. There will be 15 trials each day. Post time for the first race each day is set for 12:30 p.m. (MDT). The 15th race each day is scheduled to go off at 6:06.

Teller Baja and A Revenant will head the Rainbow trials. A homebred daughter of Teller Cartel trained by Judd Kearl for owner Juan Medina of Zapata, Texas, the filly has won all three of her starts, including the 330-yard, $888,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (RG2) in her most recent out on April 23.

The Rainbow trials will mark Teller Baja's second start against open company. The filly drew post 8 and will be ridden by Agustin Silva in the 11th trial on Friday.

A Revenant will also race on Friday, as the Oklahoma-bred son of champion Mr Jess Perry drew the rail post in the fifth heat. Trained by Mike Joiner for owners R.D. Hubbard, Johnny D. Cope, Rafter W Stables, and Henry "Butch" Southway, A Revenant is coming off of a second-place finish, a head behind Apolltical Chad, in the Ruidoso Futurity.

A $152,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, A Revenant will be ridden by Cody Jensen.

The lightly raced Cropped Top, a bay daughter of Corona Cartel and a $50,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, has been supplemented to the Rainbow trials for $30,000 by her owners, Terry and Irene Stennett of Odessa, Texas. Cropped Top made her debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in a 300-yard, $7,200 maiden-special-weight dash at Ruidoso on June 5.

Trainer Blane Wood will
send out supplemental
nominee Cropped Top
in this weekend's
Futurity trials
at Ruidoso Downs.

Cropped Top drew post 5 in the fifth heat and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Blane Wood.

V Power, the runner-up to Teller Baja in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity, is one of the 150 horses entered in Saturday's trials. A gelded son of Valiant Hero trained by Jerry Ingels for owner CoCoMo Racing LLC of Duncan, Oklahoma, V Power has banked $240,073 from five outs, and he was also a finalist in the June 4, $1.083-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1).

V Power drew post 4 and will be ridden by Omar Reyes in the second heat.

Miss Freigttrain Z, a supplemental nominee trained by Gerald Reed for Paul J. Daniel of Chico, Texas, will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez from post 2 in the third trial. The homebred Freighttrain B filly is coming off of a fourth-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Good Captain Pepper, in the 350-yard, $100,000 Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Remington Park on June 4.

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