Ruidoso Downs Meet Opens With Futurity Trials
A total of 26 Ruidoso Futurity trials will be contested on Friday and Saturday.
May 20, 2017
Quarter Racing Journal
Ruidoso Downs Racetrack in the mountains of southern New Mexico will open its 52-day summer season with two days of Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials, Friday and Saturday. A total of 246 2-year-olds has been entered in 13 heats each day, and the five fastest qualifiers from each day will meet in the $1-million final on June 11.
In addition to seeing some of the country's top 2-year-olds in action, the first 700 fans who purchase a racing program on Friday will receive a G.R. Carter Jr. bobblehead. Carter is the all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey in wins and purses earned, and he is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.
First post time is set for 1 p.m. (MDT) on Friday and Saturday. The last trial each day is scheduled to go off at 5:48.
Juan Medina's Eagle Jazz, a homebred son of One Dashing Eagle, will make his Ruidoso debut in Saturday's 13th trial. The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Eagle Jazz is coming off a successful Remington Park season during which he won two of three races and ran second, a head behind La Vencedora, in the 330-yard, $1-million Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds on April 22.
Rodrigo Vallejo will ride Eagle Jazz for trainer Judd Kearl.
Jm Katyln, a homebred daughter of the Shazoom stallion Christmas Cheer, is trained by Jose F. Ramirez Jr. for owner Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas. The filly has earned $27,273 from two outs, and her resume includes a third-place finish, a neck behind winner Suenos Dineros, in the April 15, 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park.
Jm Katyln will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez from the rail post in the sixth trial.
Several impresive Ruidoso Downs training-race winners will be making their official debuts in Saturday's trials, including Jorge Haddad's Droff, a $22,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. On May 9, the second day of trials, this gelded son of champion Fdd Dynasty won his schooling race by nearly four lengths in :15.516 for 300 yards, the third-fastest training race time in track history.
Gutierrez will ride Droff for trainer Paul Jones from post 3 in the 13th trial.
Surfin Corona Beach posted the fastest training race time -- :15.620 -- on May 8. A $39,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, the daughter of Corona Cartel is trained by Jones for owner Tom Bradbury.
Gutierrez will ride Surfin Corona Beach from post 5 in the fifth trial.
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