Fastest Qualifier Ms Maggie Mae Returns in Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity
Trainer Blane Wood has four finalists in Sunday's 350-yard, $1-million stakes at Ruidoso Downs.
June 9, 2016
Ms Maggie Mae, the fastest overall qualifier and one of four finalists qualified by trainer Blane Wood, is one of 10 juveniles entered back in Sunday's 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
A bay daughter of champion One Famous Eagle and the stakes-winning Granite Lake mare Lake View Dreams owned by Randy and Sandy Coleman of Lubbock, Texas, Ms Maggie made her debut with a wire-to-wire, 2 1/4-length victory in the seventh of 15 heats on May 28, the second day of trials.
Ricky Ramirez, who rode all of the Wood qualifiers in their respective trials, will ride Ms Maggie Mae from post 4.
LMG Racing's Mojo Perry, the second-fastest overall qualifier and the fastest qualifier from the first day of trials, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Bonifacio Perez for trainer Chris Zamora. A filly by champion Mr Jess Perry and a $30,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Mojo Perry is a half sister to Grade 3 winner Jump Down Azoom.
Mojo Perry has won two of her three starts and has earned $11,024, and she was a finalist in the Grade 2, 300-yard West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park in April.
Other Ruidoso Futurity contenders include A Revenant, a Mr Jess Perry colt trained by Mike Joiner for owners Johnny D. Cope, R.D. Hubbard, Ray Willis and Butch Southway. A $152,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Sale, A Revenant was a prompt 5-2 favorite in his debut, the ninth Ruidoso Futurity trial on May 27.
A Revenant's dam, the Mr Eye Opener mare Thewayouwantmetoo, won the 2004 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The colt drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen.
The Ruidoso Futuirty is the first leg of the track's All American Triple Crown, which pays a $4-million bonus to the connections of a horse who can win the Grade 1 Ruidoso, Rainbow, and All American futurities. This year's Ruidoso Futurity will offer a stakes-record purse, breaking the previous mark of $750,000 set in 2013.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Cash And Corona (Jose Amador Alvarez), 20-1
Tough To Bee (Ivan Carnero), 15-1
A Revenant (Cody Jensen), 3-1
Ms Maggie Mae (Ricky Ramirez), 7-2
Mojo Perry (Bonifacio Perez), 8-1
Wild Mares Milk (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 12-1
One Sweet Sign (Omar Reyes), 15-1
Apolltical Chad (Adrian Ramos), 6-1
One Hot Habit (Sal Martinez), 9-2
Jess Paint Ur Wagon (Larry Payne), 10-1
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