Friday, September 21, 2012
Key To The Venture, a stakes-placed gelding by the Storm Cat stallion Storm Of Goshen racing for Quinn and Kim Jones, drew post 9 for Sunday's $50,000-added George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Albuquerque.
The George Maloof Futurity will be run as the ninth race on The Downs at Albuquerque's 10-race program on Sunday, and it is one of three stakes to be contested at the track that day. The others are the 6-furlong, $50,000-added Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies, and the 400-yard, $50,000-added New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses.
Key To The Venture is coming off of a second-place finish to Indy's Rocket in the second of two Maloof Futurity trials on September 8. The gelding has earned $42,448 from seven races, and his season record includes a second-place finish to Kiss My Hennessy in the colts and geldings division of the April 14, 4 1/2-furlong, Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park.
Key To The Venture is trained by Guadalupe Munoz Jr., and he will be ridden by Miguel Hernandez in the Maloof Futurity.
Indy's Rocket broke his maiden in the Maloof trials. The homebred Indy's Wildcat gelding races for Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque.
The complete lineup for the George Maloof Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Slew Up His Sleeve (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 30-1; Marty Squall (Adan Fuentes), 20-1; Mos Dancer (Miguel Fuentes), 20-1; Storms Surprise (Brian Theriot), 20-1; Dandy Guy (Vernon Scantling), 6-1; Indy's Rocket (Justin Shepherd), 5-2; Le Grande Looker (Carl Williams), 7-2; Uncle Claude (Dusty Shepherd), 15-1; Key To The Venture (Miguel Hernandez), 4-1; Silver Aces (Oscar Ceballos), 8-1; and Bullet's Redo (Aldo Arboleda), 12-1.
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A full field of 12 has been entered back in the Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity, including morning-line favorite La La La Dandy.
A homebred daughter of the Yankee Victor stallion Real Dandy, La La La Dandy has won two of six races and has banked $14,067 for her owner, Rita Danley of Anthony, New Mexico. La La La Dandy won the first of two Sawyer Futurity trials on September 8, and she was a finalist in the fillies division of the Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park on April 14, and the July 29, 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Another contender, S. Diana Bringhurst's La Luz, ran second to La La La Dandy in her Sawyer Futurity trial. The chestnut filly by Minister Eric has earned $17,040 from three outs, and she ran third, two lengths behind winner K.B.'s Princess, in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 16.
The complete lineup for the Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Red Satin Boot (Don Frazier), 15-1; Morning Snickers (Enrique Garcia), 6-1; Madrugada (Miguel Hernandez), 12-1; La La La Dandy (Justin Shepherd), 4-1; Strawberry Bling (Vernon Scantling), 15-1; La Luz (Brian Theriot), 9-2; Sassy N Sweet (Enrique Gomez), 15-1; Jaydes' Sweet Tea (Jose Rivera Jr.), 10-1; I Am Who (J. Martin Bourdieu), 8-1; Track Dancer (Dusty Shepherd), 12-1; Ryzilla (Jacquelyn Bobroff), 20-1; and Dandy Devona R F (John Rochabrun), 6-1.
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Fastest qualifier My Big Chief is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday's New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby.
A sorrel gelding by Get Down Perry racing for Lorenzo Cano and trained by Gerardo Cano, My Big Chief has won four of 11 starts and has earned $56,488. His two wins in as many races at The Downs at Albuquerque include a nose victory in the second of two trials on September 9.
Second-fastest qualifier PK Bay, a stakes-winning and graded stakes placed Brookstone Bay gelding owned by David Barrett and Sue May, has banked $184,087 from 13 outs. PK Bay won last year's Gwendolyn Eaves Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs, and he ran second in the 2011 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park and New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.
The complete lineup for the State Fair Breeders' Derby, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Gotta Get Two (Elliot Bachicha Jr.), 8-1; Lttle Lighting (J. Martin Bourdieu), 6-1; Cocango (Roberto Valero), 10-1; Sparklin Royal (Tony Guymon), 12-1; Cats Paw Bay (Dusty Shepherd), 20-1; PK Bay (Larry Gamez), 7-2; David Forever (Oscar Cordova), 20-1; My Big Chief (Adrian Ramos), 5-2; Two Bit Corona (Dennis Means), 4-1; and Osbaldo (Alonso Rivera), 15-1.