Tuesday, September 04, 2012
A total of 39 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in the Dessie & Fern Sawyer (R) and George Maloof (R) futurity trials at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday.
The Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity trials attracted 19 state-bred fillies in two trials, including the stakes-placed La Luz. A chestnut daughter of the Old Trieste stallion Minister Eric owned by S. Diana Bringhurst and trained by J. Owen Bringhurst, La Luz ran third, two lengths behind winner K.B.'s Princess, in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 16.
La Luz drew post 9 and will be ridden by Brian Theriot in the first of two trials.
Other prominent fillies entered in the Sawyer Futurity trials include Rita J. Danley's La La La Dandy, a homebred Real Dandy filly who broke her maiden with an 11 3/4-length victory in a July 14 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) trial at Ruidoso Downs; and Peggy B. Rust's Military Queen, a daughter of the Military stallion Tin Can Sailor who scored a 4 3/4-length win against state-bred maiden fillies at SunRay Park on June 15.
The first six finishers in each trial will meet in the 6-furlong, $50,000-added Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity final on September 23.
The George Maloof Futurity trials drew 20 New Mexico-bred colts and geldings in two heats. Storms Surprise, a homebred bay gelding by Attila's Storm owned by Margaret Du Pont and Margaret Bloss, drew post 10 in the second trial. Storms Surprise is coming off of a third-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 19.
Storms Surprise's nine opponents in the second heat include Rita Danley's Dandy Guy, a homebred Real Dandy gelding and a finalist in the Mountain Top (R) and Rio Grande Senor (R) futurities; and Quinn and Kim Jones' Key To The Venture, a recent maiden winner at Ruidoso Downs and the runner-up to Kiss My Hennessy in the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park.
The 10 Maloof hopefuls entered in the first trial include Danley's Slew Up His Sleeve, a two-time futurity finalist, and two recent maiden-race winners at Ruidoso: Pierre and Leslie Amestoy's Uncle Claude, and Richard E. Ford's Mos Dancer.
The first six finishers in each George Maloof Futurity trial will qualify to the 6-furlong, $50,000-added final on September 23.