Favoriite Suze Returns Draws Post 8 for Grade 2 West Texas Futurity

The fastest qualifier seeks her first stakes win on Saturday.


Fastest qualifer Suze Returns, a $13,000 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, heads a full field in Saturday's West Texas Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Joe Rios’ Suze Returns, the fastest qualifier and 2-1 morning-line favorite, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 300-yard, $269,527 West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park.

An Oklahoma-bred daughter of High Rate Of Return, Suze Returns was a $13,000 purchase by Rios at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. The filly made her debut with a decisive 2 1/4-length victory in the fifth of 10 West Texas Futurity trials on March 23.

Suze Returns drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jaime Leos for trainer Juan M. Gonzalez. Her nine opponents include Steamin Eagle, a sorrel son of One Famous Eagle trained by John M. Cooper for owner Jack Manning. An $85,000 buy at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the colt is coming off of a 1 3/4-length win as the 7-5 favorite in his West Texas Futurity trial.

Steamin Eagle drew post 2 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jess Like Fire (Larry D. Payne), 12-1
Steamin Eagle (Manuel Gutierrez), 4-1
Sweet Temptation (G.R. Carter Jr.), 5-1
All Sophia Wanted (Jose Montoya), 15-1
JMF Dasher (Alonso Rivera), 6-1
Little Party Wagon (Mauro Salcedo), 12-1
Lethal Lil (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 10-1
Suze Returns (Jaime Leos), 2-1
Eagle Coast (Esgar Ramirez), 8-1
Ms Talks Alot (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 12-1

Also on Saturday, Pappas Lookin heads a full field of 2-year-olds entered in the 300-yard, $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Stakes. Trained by Salvador Soto for owners 4J Equine LLC and Victor Jordan, the Oklahoma-bred Pappasito gelding is coming off of a second-place finish in a West Texas Futurity trial. G.R. Carter Jr. will ride Pappas Lookin from post 3.

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