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Fastest Qualifier Rex Hill Scores in New Mexico Breeders' Futurity
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Rex Hill, a sorrel gelding by Jesse James Jr racing for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins, parlayed a sharp break from post 3 into his second stakes victory in Sunday's $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Carlos Sedillo, Rex Hill went 350 yards in :17.387 while defeating 2-1 favorite and stablemate Tombstone by a neck . Rex Hill's clocking was good for a 90 speed index, and the $78,819 winner's share of the purse – the third-richest in the stakes' 28-year history – increased his earnings to $113,119.

“There's not much to talk about – the horse did it all himself,” said Ramirez, who was riding Rex Hill for the first time in a race. “He got out in front and just kept going. Tombstone made a run at us, but we got there in time and got the win.”

Rex Hill was bred by Mac and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms in Veguita, New Mexico. The gelding's sire, Jesse James Jr, is an 11-year-old son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry. Racing from 2003-06, Jesse James Jr banked $167,275 from 21 starts, and his five wins included the 2005 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos. He also ran second in the '04 Golden State Derby (G1) and third in world champion Be A Bono's Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

Jesse James Jr's top runners include 2011 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG2) winner Osbaldo and Sammy James, the winner of last year's $276,609 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. A full brother to Grade 1 winner Jesstified and 2011 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) runner-up Jess Lips, Jesse James Jr stands for a $3,500 fee at MJ Farms.

Rex Hill's dam, Tangled Vines, is a winning 9-year-old mare by the late First Down Dash stallion Dash Ta Fame. His second dam, the Utah-bred Streakin Dash mare Dashin Sandy, won a graded futurity in Wyoming in 1992.

Rex Hill has won three of his four starts, and he posted the fastest New Mexico Breeders' Futurity qualifying time when he won the first of four trials by 1 ¼ lengths on May 18. The gelding's race record includes a 1 1/2-length victory in the 300-yard, $50,500 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park on April 7.

Sedillo indicated that both Rex Hill and Tombstone will be pointed to the 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs on July 13.

Rex Hill was sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in the full field of 10 and returned a $7 win mutuel. Tombstone completed a $14.80 ($2) exacta, and Jess Rueben James ran third, a half of a length behind the winner, to round out a $489.20 ($2) trifecta.

Royal Kettle, Sandys Jesse, Hurricane Kate, Pjs Gonna Ro, Rimen Investment, Sisters Blazin, and Saturday Nite Romeo completed the order of finish.

Tombstone was coming off of a 1 1/2-length win in his Breeders' Futurity trial. A homebred gelding by Get Down Perry and the third-place finisher in the April 8, $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park, Tombstone has won three of five outs and has earned $76,808 for his owner, Gary L. Thompson.

The $18,447 third-place share of the Breeders' Futurity purse boosted Jess Rueben James' bankroll to $19,947 from three starts. The homebred Jesse James Jr gelding races for Currie J. Maben.

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