Bitterroot Futurity, Derby Trials Set for Friday

The trials dominate the eight-race program at Sandy Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Sandy Downs will host trials for the Bitterroot Futurity and Bitterroot Derby on Friday.

A total of 45 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard Bitterroot Futurity (R) trials at Sandy Downs.

Los Alamitos-based trainer Monty Arrossa has entered eight juveniles in the Bitterroot Futurity trials, including Gary and Jeralyn Messenger’s Fames Prize Stone. A homebred daughter of First Prize Stone, Fames Prize Stone made her first two starts at Los Alamitos, where he race record included a three-quarter length victory at odds of 27-1 in a 300-yard, $8,500 maiden-special-weight dash on April 15.

Fames Prize Stone drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jonathan Roman in the fourth of five trials.

Arrossa will also send out Bac On Track, a stakes-placed Jesse James Jr filly owned by Denny Whitaker and Brent Farley. Bac On Track is coming off of a second-place finish, a head behind winner Bw De Elegant, in the 330-yard, $28,000 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity at Pocatello Downs on May 20.

Jonathan Roman will ride Bac On Track from post 6 in the first heat.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the June 22, $70,000-added Bitterroot Futurity final.

Also on Friday, a dozen 3-year-olds have been entered in two 400-yard Bitterroot Derby (R) trials.
Wagonfullofdividends, an undefeated Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt trained by Mark Hanson for owners RTM Stables LLC and Shauna Dunn, drew post 4 and will be ridden by Jesus Canales in the first of two heats. Wagonfullofdividends has earned $65,440 from six starts, all in Idaho, and his three stakes victories include a dominating 3 1/2-length victory in last year’s 350-yard, $104,000 Bitterroot Futurity (R).

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $15,000-added Bitterroot Derby final on June 22.

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