Eagle Jazz, Uptown Dynasty Return in Rainbow Futurity Trials

A total of 205 2-year-olds has been entered in trials Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Grade 1 winner Eagle Jazz, pictured here winning his Ruidoso Futurity trial in May, is one of 205 juveniles entered in this weekend's Rainbow Futurity trials. PHOTO: Gay Harris

A total of 205 juveniles -- 102 on Friday and 103 on Saturday -- has been entered in this weekend's 400-yard Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Heading the list of Rainbow hopefuls are Juan A. Medina's Eagle Jazz and Melvin Neugebauer's Uptown Dynasty, two geldings who finished in a dead heat for the win in their most recent out, the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on June 11. A homebred son of One Dashing Eagle trained by reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl, Eagle Jazz has won four of five starts and has earned $478,049, with the lone blemish on his otherwise perfect record being a second-place finish in the 330-yard, $913,850 Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds on April 22.

Eagle Jazz drew the rail post and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo in the third of 12 trials on Friday.

Uptown Dynasty drew post 5 and will be ridden by Cipriano Vidana in the third of 12 heats on Saturday. A $65,000 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, the son of champion Mr Jess Perry is trained by Wes Giles, and he has banked $303,0000 from three outs.

This Is An Eagle, a sorrel colt by One Famous Eagle trained by Jackie Riddle ffor owner Mary G. Lynne Thompson of Navasota, Texas, will make his first Ruidoso start in Friday's fifth trial. A $100,000 purchase at last year's TQHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio, This Is An Eagle will be stretching out in distance off of his half-length victory as the fastest qualifier in the 330-yard, $484,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on April 29.

This Is An Eagle, the horse of the meet during the Sam Houston Race Park spring stand, drew the rail post and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon.

Another out-of-state graded stakes winner, Fire And Sass, will be making his local debut in the Rainbow Futurity trials. Trained by Juan Aleman for his JGA Racing Stables Inc., Fire And Sass ships in from Los Alamitos, where the Walk Thru Fire gelding won two of three strarts, including the 300-yard, $304,000 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) on May 14, and earned $130,612.

Fire And Sass drew post 6 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio in Friday's third trial.

The connections of Suenos Dineros paid the $30,000 fee to supplement the Bodacious Dash gelding to the Rainbow trials. Trained by Shae Cox for owner Victor Lozano, Suenos Dineros will be making his first start since April 15, when he scored a neck victory as the fastest qualifier and  8-5 favorite in the 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park.

Jose Luis Enriquez will ride Suenos Dineros from post 3 in Saturday's ninth heat.

The horses with the five fastest times from Friday's and Saturday's trials will meet in the Rainbow Futurity final on July 23.

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