Two-Year-Olds in Spotlight in Utah on Saturday

Saturday's Laurel Brown program includes trials for Beehive, South Valley futurities.

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Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City opens its season on Friday. Saturday's 12-race card features trials for the Beehive and South Valley futurities.

Two sets of futurity trials are part of Saturday’s 12-race program at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Saturday’s 350-yard Beehive Futurity trials have drawn 61 juveniles. Sb Hoonigan, a stakes-winning son of Jr Dynasty Mountain trained by Alvaro Torres for owner Steve Berry, drew post 6 in the seventh of eight trials. Sb Hoonigan is coming off of a head victory in the 300-yard, $74,000 Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity at Weber Downs in Ogden, Utah.

Sb Hoonigan will be ridden by Jesus Canales. The homebred gelding’s seven opponents in the seventh heat include Giovanni Ortiz’s Yourdarkestnitemare, a California-bred daughter of Favorite Cartel trained by Martha Maldonado. Yourdarkestnitemare will be stretching out in distance off of her third-place finish, a neck behind Sb Hoonigan, in the Hadley/Giles Memorial Futurity.

Jose Guzman will ride Yourdarkestnitemare from post 4.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the June 17, $80,000-est. Beehive Futurity final.

Also on Saturday, 21 2-year-olds have been entered in three 330-yard South Valley Futurity. Aron Saenz’s Hitt The Spot, a California-bred colt by Hard Hitting trained by Jorge Garfias, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Oscar Cervantes in the third trial. Hitt The Spot made his debut with a head victory in a 300-yard maiden-special-weight dash at Weber Downs on April 22.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will face off in the $20,000-est. South Valley Futurity final on June 17.

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