Monday, July 08, 2013
Several of the top state-bred 2-year-old Thoroughbreds in New Mexico have been entered in Saturday's 5 1/2-furlong Grande Senor and Senorita futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs.
The Rio Grande Senorita Futurity trials for fillies have drawn 35 entries, including Lady Genius, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Quinton's Gold trained by Dallas Barton. Racing for W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing LLC, the homebred filly has earned $88,295 from three starts, and her race record includes a 1 1/4-length victory in the 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 8, and an 8 3/4-length win in the fillies division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $88,389 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park on April 13.
Lady Genius will race from post 9 in the second of four Senorita Futurity trials on Saturday. The filly's eight opponents in the second heat include Unofficial Winner, a brown daughter of Attila's Storm racing for Joe Dee Brooks, Lee Lewis, Ted Rushing, Dale Taylor, and Scott Bryant, and trained by Todd Fincher. A $45,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Unofficial Winner ran second to Lady Genius in the Kendrick Memorial.
Twenty-seven of the 35 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity hopefuls are maidens, nine of whom are first-time starters.
Meanwhile, the Rio Grande Senor Futurity trials have attracted 25 colts and geldings. Dandy Don Who, the winner of the colts and geldings division of the April 13, $95,126 Copper Top Futurity (R), drew post 8 and will be ridden by Aldo Arboleda in the first of three trials. Todd Fincher trains the homebred chestnut Quinton's Gold gelding for owners Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens of Lamesa, Texas.
Other prominent entries in the Senor Futurity trials include Roll Out The Band, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding coming off of a 5 1/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park for owners Brad King and Dale Taylor; and Fonzerelli, a homebred Attila's Storm gelding who ran third in both the Copper Top Futurity and Totah Stakes for owner Todd White.
The top three finishers in the three Senor Futurity trials, along with the winner of a shake between the three third-place runners, will meet in the $200,000-est. final on Sunday, July 28. The $200,000-est. Rio Grande Senorita Futurity final on the same day will match the first two finishers from the four trial heats and the two winners of a shake between the four third-place finishers.