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Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity Trials Draw 25 Entries
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A total of 25 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds, including 14 first-time starters, have been entered in Friday's 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Gary L. Thompson's Vernissage, a homebred gelding by the Golden Missile stallion Going Wild, will be making his first start since April 13, when he ran second, three-quarters of a length behind Dandy Don Who, in the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park. Vernissage's half brother, the Attila's Storm gelding Attila's Hurricane, scored a 2 3/4-length victory in the May 26, $65,000 Dine Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomores at SunRay Park.

An earner of $20,810 from two starts, Vernissage is trained by Bart Hone. The gelding drew post 2 in the first of three trials.

FM Forty One, a $51,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, is one of eight entered in the second Mountain Top trial. The dark bay or brown son of Diabolical is coming off of a 1 3/4-length maiden win at Sunland Park for owners Alan Miller, Melanie Miller, Dale Taylor, and Mike Henson.

FM Forty One is trained by Todd Fincher. The gelding is a half brother to Attila's Parting, the winner of last year's $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

Reliance Ranches LLC's Zesty Salsa is one of nine 2-year-olds entered in the third Mountain Top trial. A daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Dome trained by Fincher, Zesty Salsa sold for $35,000 at the 2012 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale. The filly is coming off of a two-length victory against open maiden 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park on April 9.

The $150,000-est. Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity final will be run on Saturday, June 22.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Monday, July 21, 2014
The New Mexico Racing Commission has set 2014-15 race dates for the state’s five tracks.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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