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Rio Grande Thoroughbred Futurity Trials Set For Saturday
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Saturday's 12-race program at Ruidoso Downs will feature four 5 1/2-furlong trials for both the Rio Grande Senor and Senorita futurities.

Ruidoso's card will begin with four Zia Derby (RG3) trials for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses. Post time for the first race will be 1 p.m. (MDT), with post time for the 12th and final race scheduled for 5:46.

A total of 31 state-bred 2-year-old fillies are entered in the four trials for the Rio Grande Senorita Futurity, which will be run for a $159,744 purse on July 29. K.B.'s Princess, a bay daughter of the Holy Bull stallion King Bull racing for Gary L. Balzano, is coming off of a two-length victory in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 16, a race which marked her career debut.

Alfredo Juarez will ride K.B.'s Princess from post 2 in the third trial for trainer Greg Green.

Another Senorita Futurity contender, J. Kirk and Judy Robison's Lakehouse Fun, is a Roll Hennessy Roll filly trained by Henry Dominguez. Lakehouse Fun ran second to K.B.'s Princess in the Kendrick Memorial.

The July 29 Rio Grande Senor Futurity for New Mexico-bred colts and geldings will be worth $172,026. Saturday's trials drew 33 entries, including R.D. Hubbard's Thermal. A homebred gelding by the Forest Wildcat stallion Attila's Storm, Thermal is coming off of a 1 3/4-length win at odds of nearly 15-1 in the 5-furlong, $135,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on June 23.

Thermal is trained by Todd Fincher and will be ridden by Duane Sterling from post 5 in the second Senor Futurity trial.

Stakes winner and Mountain Top runner-up Kiss My Hennessy, a dark bay or brown Roll Hennessy Roll gelding campaigned by Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks and trained by Fincher, drew post 1 in the fourth trial. Kiss My Hennessy campaigned at Sunland Park last winter, where he scored a 1 1/2-length victory in the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) on April 14.

A $19,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Kiss My Hennessy has earned $89,747 from four starts. Casey Lambert will ride the gelding on Saturday.


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The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association board of trustees is requesting member input regarding proposed changes to the association bylaws.




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