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New Mexico Breeders Futurity Trials Draw 47 Two-Year-Olds
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A total of 47 state-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park.

More Merlot, a recent maiden winner at SunRay and half sister to New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) winner Winning Merlot, drew post 2 in the second of five trials. A $12,000 buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the sorrel daughter of Jesse James Jr races for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, from the barn of Emilio Cadena III.

More Merlot is coming off of a head victory as the 11-10 favorite in a 350-yard, $13,500 maiden sprint at SunRay on April 18. Esgar Ramirez will ride the filly in Friday’s trials.

Currie J. Maben of Clovis, New Mexico, will be represented by two homebred fillies in the trials, both of whom are trained by Jaime Aldavaz. One of Maben’s runners, Ms Jesse Lou, outran her 18-1 odds to win a 300-yard, $20,000 maiden special weight dash for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on March 1.

Ms Jesse Lou is a brown daughter of Jesse James Jr. The filly drew the rail post in the first heat and will be ridden by Alejandro Luna.

Maben will also be represented by Kays Version, a gray filly by Winners Version who is coming off of a sixth-place finish in the April 6, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity. Kays Version has earned $10,372 from two outs.

Ramirez will ride Kays Version from post 6 in the final heat.

Other maiden winners entered in the Breeders’ Futurity trials include Kenneth and Cherie Wallin’s Dee Chicka Dee and Yaneth Cabrera’s Pretty Woody Jesse.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $50,000-added New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity final on Sunday, May 25. Past winners of the race include stakes-record holder Sixy Chamisa, Osbaldo, and Rex Hill.

In The News

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Firing Line, a Kentucky-bred colt by Line of David being pointed to the May 2, $2-million Kentucky Derby (G1), was named horse of the meet at Sunland Park, which ended its 76-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse season on Monday.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Naevussquall, a homebred bay gelding by Squall racing for W.T. Stradley and Tom Williams of Hobbs, New Mexico, recorded his first career victory in Monday’s $74,447 Copper Top Futurity (R), colts and geldings division, at Sunland Park.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A sharp break from post 9 helped Rapping Mary score a wire-to-wire victory in the 4 1/2-furlong, $68,000 Copper Top Futurity (R), fillies division, at Sunland Park on Monday.




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