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Fast Gator, Gone Shoppin Top Senorita Futurity Finalists
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Fast Gator and Gone Shoppin won Saturday’s two 5 1/2 furlong Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) trials for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, and trainer Henry Dominguez, Fast Gator made her debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the first heat. The homebred dark bay or brown daughter of Diabolical set fractions of :23.44 and :46.63 before reaching the wire in 1:05.99.

Fast Gator is out of Gator Prowl, a 10-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Roar Of The Tiger who won the 2010 Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park. The filly is a half sister to Gator Heat, the winner of the ’15 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

Gone Shoppin races for Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor from the barn of trainer Todd Fincher. Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite, the homebred Southwestern Heat filly defeated Passion To Win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:04.96. Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode Gone Shoppin, who was winning for the first time in three outs.

Gone Shoppin’s dam, Glory Be Mine, is a 10-year-old daughter of Dome who won five stakes in New Mexico from 2009-10. The filly is a half sister to Blaze To Glory, the third-place finisher in the 2015 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity.

Other prominent fillies in the Senorita Futurity final include Hennessy Express, the runner-up as the 9-5 favorite in the first trial. The homebred filly by Roll Hennessy Roll is trained by Todd Fincher for Dale Taylor, and she made her debut with a 2 1/2-length win in a 5-furlong maiden-special-weight race at Ruidoso on July 14. Hennessy Express is one of four winners from as many starters foaled by Accomodate, an unraced 9-year-old daughter of Pleasantly Perfect, and she is a half sister to the stakes-placed Hit A Lick and Storming Back.

The complete list of qualifiers to the September 3, $134,769 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity final appears in alphabetical order below.

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)


F, Comic Genius-Swapping Lanes by The Way Home

Helen Nave

Helen Nave (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Diabolical-Good Mama by Indygo Shiner

J. Kirk & Judy Robison

J. Kirk Robison (NM)

Henry Dominguez

F, Indian Firewater-Dandy Donna by Successful Appeal

Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens

Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens

Todd Fincher

F, Diabolical-Gator Prowl by Roar Of The Tiger

J. Kirk & Judy Robison

J. Kirk & Judy Robison (NM)

Henry Dominguez

F, Dome-Garretsghostlygirl by Ghostly Moves

Mike G. Parker

W.L. Mooring and Dee Mooring (NM)

Larry Chavez

F, Southwestern Heat-Glory Be Mine by Dome

Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor

Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Roll Hennessy Roll-Accomodate by Pleasantly Perfect

Dale Taylor

Dale Taylor (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Quinton’s Gold-Miss Einstein by Beau Genius

W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing

Mike Carson, Bill Carson, and Leach Racing (NM)

Dallas Barton

F, Excessive Passion-Landrys Wings by Chimes Band

Gallegos del Norte Racing

Adrian Lee Esquibel (NM)

Tony Sedillo

F, Southwestern Heat-Cocktail Girl by Hennessy

R.D. Hubbard, Derrol Hubbard, Joe Dee Brooks, and Scott Bryant

R.D. Hubbard (NM)

Todd Fincher

In The News

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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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