Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Stakes winner Kiss My Hennessy is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in the 5-furlong, $134,957 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.
A $19,000 purchase by Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale in Ruidoso Downs, Kiss My Hennessy has earned $63,414 from three starts. The Roll Hennessy Roll gelding's race record includes a 1 1/2-length victory in the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $120,989 Copper Top Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park on April 14.
Other Mountain Top contenders include Indication N M and Lakehouse Fun. Indication N M, a chestnut gelding by Attila's Storm and $16,000 buy at the New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, has won three of four races and has banked $25,515 for his owners, Robert F. Haynsworth and J & SM Inc., while Lakehouse Fun is a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll filly who is coming off of a second-place finish in last Saturday's $75,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park for her, owners, J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas.
The Mountain Top Futurity is one of three stakes restricted to New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds during the Ruidoso Downs meet. The others, the Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for colts and geldings and the Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) for fillies will be run during the Zia Festival program on July 29.
The Mountain Top Futurity will be the 10th race on Ruidoso Downs' 11-race program, which gets underway at 1 p.m. (MDT). Approximate post time for the stakes is 4:54 p.m.
The complete lineup for the Mountain Top, in post position order including jockey assignments – Marthas Princess (Tanner Thedford), Back Seat Roll (Brayan Velazquez), Thermal (Duane Sterling), Dandy Guy (Ricardo Jaime), Lakehouse Fun (Larry Gamez), Your Lucky Time (Patrick Valenzuela), Kiss My Hennessy (Casey Lambert), Roll D'Nile (Miguel Hernandez), Indication N M (Isaias Enriquez), and Pie Town N M (Juan Ochoa).
Also on Saturday, a field of seven distance specialists has been entered in the 870-yard, $20,000 Tricky Dust Stakes. Manuel D. Urioste's Lalumbredelospateres, an 8-year-old gelding by the Corona Cartel stallion Boppem Kona Man and the lone New Mexico-bred in the race, will break from post 6 under jockey Ricky Ramirez.