Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A total of 91 state-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday's 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park.
Queen But A King, a brown son of the late Chicks A Blazin racing for Solitaire Stable and Machelle Vanecek and trained by Henry Dominguez, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the sixth of 10 trials. The colt made his career debut with a 2 1/2-length victory as the 5-2 choice in a 300-yard maiden special weight race for state-breds on March 1.
Other prominent 2-year-olds entered in the trials include recent maiden winners Penny Snatchin and Moonifisant. A homebred filly by Gone To The Mountain campaigned by Jill B. Giles, Penny Snatchin is coming off of a 1 1/4-length win in a 300-yard maiden sprint on March 1. Wes Giles trains Penny Snatchin, who drew post 6 in the eighth trial.
The morning-line favorite in the 10th trial, Moonifisant was a prompt 2-1 favorite in his March 1 debut for owners Peter B. Gallegos, Robert D. Sanchez, and J. Patricia Gonzalez. The brown colt by Sixes Royal is trained by Juan M. Gonzalez, and he is a half brother to 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash.
Promising first-time starters in the New Mexican Spring Futurity trials include Spiced Swissle, a sorrel gelding by Swissle Stick (TB) and half brother to recent NMHBA Stakes (RG2) winner Sandys Jesse; Veramonte, a sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr and half brother to Grade 1 winner Wild Six; Chappstick, a Swissle Stick (TB) gelding and half brother to graded stakes winner Arbor Mist; Patrick James, a colt by Jesse James Jr and full brother to Sandys Jesse; and My Chuck Of Change, a Jesse James Jr filly and half sister to 2005 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) winner Royal Snowflakes.
The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $100,000-added New Mexican Spring Futurity final on April 7. Horses with the 11-20th fastest trial times will have first preference to enter the 300-yard, $50,000-added New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) on April 6.
Past winners of the New Mexican Spring Futurity include PJ Chick In Black, who won the race last year and was last season's AQHA champion 2-year-old filly.