Sunday, September 25, 2011
Honshu City outran his 10-1 odds to win the 6-furlong, $74,226 George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday.
Racing for Suzanne Byrd, who also trains the dark bay or brown colt by Fusaichi Zenon (JPN), Honshu City covered his three-quarter mile trip in 1:11.29 under jockey Don Frazier. His margin of victory was a neck from 5-2 favorite Boy Ego.
Honshu City was bred by Byrd and Patsy C. Symons, and the colt became the first stakes winner from 19 starters sired by Fusaichi Zenon, a 14-year-old stallion by 1989 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Sunday Silence. A Group 2 winner in Japan in 2000, Fusaichi Zenon has sired the earners of more than $316,500.
Fusaichi Zenon is owned by Michael Weatherly, and he stands at Weatherly Horse Farm at Anthony, New Mexico.
Honshu City is also the first starter produced by Esplendida, a winning daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Catillac. Now 10, Esplendida ran second in Queen Of Slots' 2003 Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Honshu City traces back to his fourth dam, That's Show Biz, a California-bred daughter of Promised Land who won the 1974 Santa Gertrudes Handicap at Santa Anita.
An earner of $40,853 from three outs, Honshu City is being pointed to the October 30 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (R) at Zia Park. The colt was coming off of a second-place finish to Russianontherail in the second of three George Maloof Futurity trials on September 10.
Honshu City returned a $22.80 win mutuel and teamed with Boy Ego combined for a $102.60 ($2) exacta payoff. Russianontherail ran third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, to complete a $453.20 ($2) trifecta.
Six Million, Oak Barrel, Valet M , Silent Purpose, Doctor Spencer, Zenon's Star, Sapello Larue, El Gran Cognac, and Tictac Dough completed the order of finish.
Boy Ego is a homebred gray or roan gelding by Lesters Boy racing for Rita Danley. A finalist in the July 31, $149,250 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred colts and geldings at Ruidoso Downs, Boy Ego has earned $26,900 from one win in four starts.
Russianontherail was a $5,000 buy at last year's Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Fall Mixed Sale. Owned by William and Janet Matthews, the gray or roan Devon Lane gelding has won one of six races and has banked $16,527.