Entries Drawn for Ruidoso Futurity Trials

The two days of 350-yard trials draw a total of 293 juveniles.

Edited press release

Just Call Me Carter, pictured here winning the Sam Houston Futurity, is one of 293 2-year-olds entered in this year's 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity trials. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The 70th season at Ruidoso Downs gets rolling at a rapid pace with the first of two days of Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials on Friday.

This year's Ruidoso Futurity will carry a stakes-record $1-million purse, breaking the previous mark of $750,000 set three years ago.

The first 500 fans who purchase a program on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive a Go Man Go commemorative poster by artist Linda Manion, who will be attendance to sign the limited-edition posters. Three-time world champion and leading sire Go Man Go died in 1983 at the age of 30 and his cremated remains and headstone were moved to Ruidoso Downs earlier this year. The track's winner's circle has been renamed the Go Man Go Winner's Circle.

First post time on Friday and Saturday is 12:30 p.m., and there will be 15 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity trials contested each day.  The 2-year-olds with the five-fastest times from Friday’s trials will join the horses with the five-fastest times from Saturday’s trials in the 24th running of the Ruidoso Futurity on June 12. The horses with the next five-fastest times are eligible for the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile, also on June 12.

Joel Tipton’s Just Call Me Carter is the most accomplished trial entry. Trained by Mike Joiner, the gelding is two-for-two and won the $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity in his most recent start. Cody Jensen will ride Just Call Me Carter from post 10 in the fifth heat on Friday.

Friday's sixth trial features R.D. Hubbard and Grady Stowe’s Jesst A Dream, who posted the fastest time of :16.011 on the third day of Ruidoso Downs' 300-yard training races. Also entered in this trial are Paul Blanchard's Three Six, who posted the fastest time of :15.883 on the first day of training races, and Melissa Soto’s Valorus, who is coming off of a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2, $217,904 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park.

Magical Jess is one of 10 juveniles entered in Friday's eighth trial. The gelding is coming off of a second-place finish as the even-money favorite in the $69,237 Desert Classic Futurity at Turf Paradise.

Saturday's trial entries include Jess Prize Me (fourth race), Magnificent Jess (fifth race) and Take The Cup (sixth race). LMG Racing Inc.’s Jess Prize Me is a maiden from three starts, but she was a close second in the West Texas Futurity. The filly will be ridden by Jesse Lee Levario for trainer Chris Zamora from post 2.

Magnificent Jess won the Desert Classic Futurity to push her record to two-for-two. Also owned by LMG Racing Inc. and trained by Zamora, Take The Cup battled to a head win in the $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes at Sunland Park.

There were no supplemental nominees to the Ruidoso Futurity trials.

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