Mountain Top Futurity Trials Set for Friday

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the June 16, $345,000 final at Ruidoso Downs.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

A total of 94 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in 10 Mountain Top Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs.

A total of 94 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Cat Daddys Lil Girl, a gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Donna McArthur for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, will be stretching out in distance off of her fourth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Zee James, in the 300-yard, $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on April 7. The filly has earned $33,089 from two outs.

Cat Daddys Lil Girl drew post 6 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo in the fifth of 10 trials.

Diamond Racing Stables LLC’s Rallydownthealley, a bay son of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Isidro Rodriguez, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez in the seventh heat. The colt is coming off of a fifth-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Zee James, in the New Mexican Spring Futurity.

An earner of $25,161 from two starts, Rallydownthealley was a $22,000 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Other prominent Mountain Top Futurity entries include Igotmybiggirljeanson, Legend Of The Vine, and Kunde. A $10,000 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, Igotmybiggirljeanson is a Big Daddy Cartel filly trained by Rodolfo Valles for owners Jerry and Sheree Cannon. Igotmybiggirljeanson will be making her first start since April 7, when the filly ran sixth, two lengths behind Zee James, in the New Mexican Spring Futurity.

Igotmybiggirljeanson drew post 9 and will be ridden by Justin Shepherd in the fourth trial.

Legend Of The Vine made her debut with a 1 1/4-length victory in a 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity trial on March 16. A $57,000 buy at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the gray Big Daddy Cartel filly is a half sister to graded stakes winner Rex Hill.

Legend Of The Vine is trained by Fred Danley for owner J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas. The filly drew the rail post and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez in the third heat.

Kunde will be making his first-ever start in New Mexico off of his half-length victory in a 300-yard, $19,000 maiden-special-weight dash at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on April 21. A full brother to Rex Hill, the sorrel Jesse James Jr colt was a $50,000 buy at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Kunde is trained by Ricardo Armendariz for owners Jack Cabala and Hugo Barron-Sierra. The colt drew post 7 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera in the eighth trial.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $345,000 Mountain Top Futurity final on June 16.

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