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Field Set for Copper Top Futurity
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The field for the April 16, $150,000-est. Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds has been set after three 4 1/2-furlong trials were contested at Sunland Park on Saturday.

Red Raider, a homebred son of Roll Hennessy Roll owned by Brad King and Dale Taylor, made his debut with a clear 6 1/4-length victory in the first trial. Ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for trainer Todd Fincher, the gelding went 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.26.

Red Raider is out of Follow My Tail, a winning Kentucky-bred 9-year-old daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Indian Charlie and a half sister to two stakes winners, including listed stakes winner Speedway.

P J’s Gold, a homebred son of the Mr. Greeley stallion Mr. Gold Mover trained by Henry Dominguez for owner Paul Jenson, won the second trial by three-quarters of a length in :51.22. Making his career debut, the colt was ridden by Enrique Gomez.

P J’s Gold is the first starter produced by the Silver Season mare Shes A Looker R F.

Gomez also rode Storm The Beach to a three-length win in the third heat. A $28,000 yearling buy from breeders Tom and Leslie Goncharoff of Tularosa, New Mexico, at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, Storm The Beach is trained by Fred Danley for owner J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas.

Storm The Beach is by Attila’s Storm out of the winning 8-year-old Pulpit mare Beach Club.

The top three finishers from Saturday’s three trials made the Copper Top final and will be joined by one of the fourth-place finishers, who will be determined in a blind draw. The fourth-place finishers were: Smooth Talkin Red, Western Warning, and Ghost Of Creebear.

The complete list of qualifiers, minus the finalist to draw in, appears in alphabetical order below.

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)


G, Indian Firewater-Hope For Roses by Macho Uno

Jerry & Sheree Cannon

Sammy L. Stevens (NM)

Barbara Brown

G, Roll Hennessy Roll-Be Quiet Lady by Quiet American

S & G Racing LLC

Pamela Ginnings-Sena (NM)

Emilio Cadena III

F, Diabolical-Dance With Trixie by Your Eminence

Dan Delaney

Dan Delaney (NM)

Fred Danley

G, Infinite Resource-Happy Me by Lesters Boy

Fred Danley

Fred Danley (NM)

Fred Danley

G, Dome-Speedin Excess by In Excess (IRE)

Dale Taylor, Bobby J. McQueen, and Suzanne Kirby

Brad King and Todd Fincher (NM)

Todd Fincher

C, Mr. Gold Mover-Shes A Looker R F

Paul Jenson

Paul Jenson (NM)

Henry Dominguez

G, Roll Hennessy Roll-Follow My Tail by Indian Charlie

Brad King and Dale Taylor

G. Chris Coleman and Brad King (NM)

Todd Fincher

G, Attila’s Storm-Beach Club by Pulpit

J & SM Inc.

Tom Goncharoff and Leslie Goncharoff (NM)

Fred Danley

G, Diabolical-My Turbeau Cat by Tale Of The Cat

Charles Hunter

Charles Hunter (NM)

Todd Fincher

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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