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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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Jess Cruzin On By, a graded stakes winning son of Jesse James Jr racing for Yaneth Cabrera of Albuquerque, is one of 89 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) trials at Ruidoso Downs.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The All American Futurity (G1), to be worth a stakes- and world-record $3-million, tops the 2015 stakes schedule at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, which opens its 64-day Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred meet on May 22.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Astica, a homebred filly racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms, broke The Downs at Albuquerque’s 400-yard track record with her convincing three-length victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Pelican Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Making just his second career start at The Downs, That’s Who scored his eighth career stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $60,000 Lineage Classic Stakes (R), one of four New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred stakes contested on Saturday.




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