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Rio Grande Senorita and Senor Futurity Trials Set for Saturday
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A total of 42 New Mexico-bred juveniles has been entered in Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senor and Senorita Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The Senorita trials drew 28 2-year-old fillies in four heats, topped by Vocally, a homebred daughter of Indian Firewater trained by Todd Fincher for owners Brad King and Dale Taylor. Vocally has earned $33,480 from two outs, and she made her debut with a wire-to-wire, nose victory in the May 16, 4 1/2-furlong C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

Vocally is coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Sheza Snowball, in the 5-furlong, $30,000 Turquoise Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-old fillies at Ruidoso on July 23. The first starter produced by the winning Songandaprayer mare Songtress, the filly drew post 5 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. in the second trial.

Sheza Snowball drew post 6 and will be ridden by Francisco Giles in the fourth trial. Trained by Fincher for owner James W. Wolslager Jr., the homebred Southwestern Heat filly has won both of her starts and has banked $28,800.

Fincher will also send out Miss Twister, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll filly owned by Dale and Debby Taylor, in the third trial. A half sister to multiple stakes winner Bryn’s Fancy Pants, Miss Twister made her debut with a wire-to-wire, five-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Ruidoso Downs on July 17.

Miss Twister drew post 7 and will be ridden by Giles.

Cleber J. Massey’s Runaway Queen drew the rail post and will be ridden by Jesiere Medina in the fourth heat. A homebred daughter of Attila’s Storm trained by Joel Marr, Runaway Queen won her debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden-special weight sprint, by 4 3/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite on July 30.

Another promising recent maiden winner, R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin, came from off the pace to win a 5-furlong maiden special weight dash by 5 1/4 lengths on July 2. A half sister to 2014 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) winner Mancation, Sippin is a homebred chestnut daughter of Swissle Stick.

Christian Santiago-Reyes will ride Sippin from post 2 in the third trial.

The top two finishers from each Rio Grande Senorita Futurity trial will be guaranteed a spot in the $175,000-est. final on September 4. The other two spots will be filled by a blind draw among the four third-place finishers.

Another Brother is one of 18 2-year-old colts and geldings entered in three Rio Grande Senor Futurity trials. A homebred Attila’s Storm gelding trained by Todd Fincher for owner R.D. Hubbard, Another Brother is a full brother to multiple stakes winners Thermal and Reaper.

Another Brother has earned $39,034 from three outs, and his resume includes a second-place finish, a nose behind winner Ignored, in the 5-furlong, $173,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on July 31. Glen Murphy will ride the gelding from post 4 in the first trial.

Fincher will also send out Storming Back, a homebred stakes-placed son of Attila’s Storm owned by Dale Taylor, in the second heat. Storming Back is a full brother to 2016 Road Runner Handicap (R) runner-up Hit A Lick, and the bay gelding is coming off of a third-place finish in the Mountain Top Futurity.

Storming Back drew post 5 and will be ridden by Ruby Gonzalez.

Happy Hennessy, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding owned and trained by Fred Danley, is the morning-line favorite in the third Rio Grande Senor Futurity trial. A half brother to multiple stakes winners Happy Me and I Am Lesters Gal, Happy Hennessy has run third In two stakes this season, including the May 3, 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park.

Happy Hennessy drew post 5 and will be ridden by Oscar Ceballos.

The top three finishers in the three Senor Futurity trials will meet in the $175,000-est. final on September 5. The 10th finalist will be determined by a shake among the three third-place finishers.

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