Zee James Draws Post 9 for New Mexican Spring Futurity

The homebred filly is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's feature at Sunland Park.


Zee James, the fastest qualifier and morning-line choice, is one of 10 state-bred juveniles entered back in Saturday's New Mexican Spring Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Zee James, the fastest qualifier and 9-5 morning-line favorite, is one of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 300-yard, $396,354 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Trained by Wes Giles for owners Robert M. Driggers and Ben Lee Ivey, Zee James made her debut with a dominating 3 3/4-length victory in the last of 11 trials on March 16. The homebred bay daughter of Jesse James Jr drew post 9 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

Second-fastest qualifier Cat Daddys Lil Girl drew post 5 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo. A homebred Big Daddy Cartel filly trained by Donna McArthur for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, Cat Daddys Lil Girl is coming off of a half-length victory at odds of 32-1 in the eighth Spring Futurity trial.

This year’s New Mexican Spring Futurity will offer a stakes-record purse. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Special Outlaw (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 8-1
HS Paul Walker (Alfredo Sigala), 15-1
Rallydownthealley (Jose Luis Enriquez), 5-1
Igotmybiggirljeanson (Ricky Ramirez), 15-1
Cat Daddys Lil Girl (Mauro Salcedo), 6-1
Woodys Copy Cat (Jaime P. Leos), 15-1
Cristobell Fame (Esgar Ramirez), 8-1
Midnite Blu (Cipriano Vidana), 6-1
Zee James (Adrian Ramos), 9-5
Cowboy On The Run (L. Salvador Martinez), 10-1

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