Sunday, May 04, 2014
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.