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Junior June Bug Posts Fastest Zia Futurity Qualifying Time
RSS Feeds Friday, July 13, 2012

Richard K. McGehee's Junior June Bug is the fastest qualifier to the July 29 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.

Sent to post as the 3-10 favorite in the seventh of nine trials on Friday, Junior June Bug defeated Slew By You by 2 ¾ lengths in :19.722 for 400 yards. Carlos Madeira rode the sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr for trainer Jackie Riddle.

Junior June Bug's victory was his third in five starts. On June 16, the colt scored a neck victory as the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 350-yard, $306,456 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso. The winner's share from Junior June Bug's trial win pushed his earnings to $186,676.

Second-fastest qualifier The Four Js won the eighth heat by 1 ¾ lengths under reigning AQHA champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr., who was riding the sorrel Get Down Perry gelding for the first time in a race. Fred Danley trains The Four Js for owners David E. Barrett and J & SM Inc.

The Four Js has banked $7,090 from five races. The gelding ran fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind winner Rex Hill, in the 300-yard, $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on April 7.

This year's Zia Futurity will be worth a stakes-record purse of $395,028. The complete list of qualifiers appears below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)

Owner

Breeder (State)

Trainer

Time

JUNIOR JUNE BUG
C, Jesse James Jr-Sandy June Bug by Blushing Bug

Richard K. McGehee

MJ Farms (NM)

Jackie Riddle

:19.722

THE FOUR JS
G, Get Down Perry-Invisible Streaker by Invisible Injun

David E. Barrett and J & SM Inc.

James & Marilyn Helzer (NM)

Fred Danley

:19.747

TOMBSTONE
G, Get Down Perry-Because Shes Royal by Royal Quick Dash

Gary L. Thompson

Gary L. Thompson (NM)

Carlos Sedillo

:19.770

RUNIN SIXES
F, Sixes Royal-Perfect Sevens by Major Rime

Peter B. Gallegos, Valle Guadiana Corp., and J. Patricia Gonzalez

Sam or Karen Tanner (NM)

Juan M. Gonzalez

:19.772

GONNA CHA CHA
G, Gonna Ro Sham Bo-Domeinitchy (TB) by Dome (TB)

Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney

Dosi or Norma Alvarez (NM)

Juan M. Gonzalez

:19.817

REX HILL
C, Jesse James Jr-Tangled Vines by Dash Ta Fame

David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins

MJ Farms (NM)

Carlos Sedillo

:19.870

RABBITS RABBIT
G, Rabbits Rainbow-Shines Likea Diamond by Coup de Kas (TB)

Reliance Ranches LLC

James T. Lewter (NM)

James McArthur

:19.910

CMON JESSES GIRL
F, Jesse James Jr-Hot Babe Indy Suds by Corona Caliente

Dan Newby

Dan Newby (NM)

Juan M. Gonzalez

:19.927

JESSIANA
F, Jesse James Jr-Oriana's Magic (TB) by Kipper Kelly

Brad Williams

MJ Farms (NM)

John Bassett

:19.946

ES DOVE
G, Jesse James Jr-Smart Alibi Lady by Zevi (TB)

Shirley A. Burelsmith

Emmitt B. Burelsmith Jr. (NM)

Emmitt B. Burelsmith Jr.

:19.946


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