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New Mexico State Fair Futurity Trials Draw 44 State Bred 2 Year Olds
RSS Feeds Friday, September 9, 2016
Friday’s nine-race program at Albuquerque Downs will be headlined by five 400-yard trials for the New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Ron Stephens, currently the leading Quarter Horse trainer at The Downs with 16 wins from 50 starters, will send out A Super Sonic Boom in the second trial for owner Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico. A homebred colt by freshman sire Big Daddy Cartel, A Super Sonic Boom has won his last two starts, including the 350-yard, $101,448 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park in Farmington.

A Super Sonic Boom drew post 2 and will be ridden by Isaias Cardenas. Other prominent juveniles entered in the New Mexico State Fair Futurity trials include Scooters Debutant and White Russsian. The third-place finisher in the July 31, $409,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs, Scooters Debutant is trained by Donna McArthur for owner Joyce Erickson of Albuquerque.

White Russsian will be facing New Mexico-breds for the first time off of his second-place finish in the June 19, 350-yard Four Corners Futurity at SunRay Park. Javier Roman Jr. trains White Russsian for owner Cuadra San Juditas LLC.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday’s trials will meet in the September 24, $250,000-est. New Mexico State Fair Futurity final.

The New Mexico State Fair Futurity has a rich history that dates back its inaugural running in 1946. Past winners of the race include American Quarter Horse Association champions Pelican (1946), Maddon’s Bright Eyes (’48), Black Easter Bunny (’51), Now I Know (’95), and First Moonflash (2007).

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