Suze Returns is Morning-Line Favorite for Grade 1, $1-Million Rainbow Futurity

The High Rate Of Return filly seeks her second graded stakes win on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Joe Rios' Suze Returns, pictured here winning her trial on July 7, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Sunday's $1-milllion Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Suze Returns, a High Rate Of Return filly racing for Joe Rios of El Paso, Texas, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Currently ranked third on the weekly AQHA Racing Poll, Suze Returns is the fastest overall qualifier off of her dominating two-length victory as the 1-5 favorite in the eighth of 14 Rainbow Futurity trials on July 7, the second of two days of trials. The filly has earned $321,618 from five starts, all in New Mexico, and her four wins include a neck score in the April 14, 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park.

Suze Returns drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jaime Leos. Her nine opponents include Lethal Lil, a bay daughter of Corona Cartel trained by Joel Valeriano Jr. for the La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC and the fastest qualifier from the first day of trials. Making her second start over the track on July 6, Lethal Lil won the third of 14 trials by 1 1/4 lengths while posting the second-fastest overall qualifying time.

Lethal Lil drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jose A. Alvarez.

The Rainbow Futurity is the second leg of the Ruidoso Downs All American Futurity Triple Crown, which pays a bonus to the connections of a 2-year-old who can sweep all three of the track's Grade 1 futurities. Blue Corazon, the winner of the June 10, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1), did not qualify to the Rainbow despite winning his trial on July 7.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Sure Fire Quick (Agustin Silva), 30-1
My Mystery Lover (Esgar Ramirez), 30-1
Suze Returns (Jaime Parga Leos), 5-2
Coach A Comin (Adrian Ramos), 10-1
Flying Cowboy 123 (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 10-1
Longgone Perry (Cody Jensen), 8-1
One Famous Stone (James A. Flores), 7-2
Lethal Lil (Jose A. Alvarez), 6-1
Flashing Candy (G.R. Carter Jr.), 4-1
MM Fourinthemorning (Ricky Ramirez), 20-1

Also on Sunday, a field of 12 2-year-olds, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered back in the 400-yard, $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile Stakes.

Trainer Juan Aleman will send out the 5-2 morning-line choice, Symbol Of Faith. A homebred chestnut Tac It Like A Man filly owned by J. Garvan Kelly, Nancy Yearsley, and J. Lloyd Yother, Symbol Of Faith has won one of four outs and has banked $70,343, and her resume includes a fifth-place finish, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Sunnysyde, in the 350-yard, $1.025-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park on June 2.

James A. Flores will ride Symbol Of Faith from post 5 as the filly seeks her first career stakes victory.

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