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Running Dragon Stays Perfect After Mountain Top Futurity Score
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Fastest qualifier Running Dragon kept her perfect record intact in the June 18, $364,256 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Racing for the By By JJ Limited Partnership and aided by a 10-mph tail wind, Running Dragon covered 350 yards in :17.448 for a 93 speed index. Jose Enrique Ortiz rode the gray Zulu Dragon filly for trainer Juan M. Gonzalez.

Running Dragon was coming off of a 1 1/4-length victory as the 1-5 favorite in the last of 10 Mountain Top trials on June 3. The filly has won all four of her outs, including the 300-yard, $297,925 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on April 24, and the $152,988 winner’s share of the purse from her second career stakes win pushed her earnings to $300,768.

“We broke this filly at our farm in El Paso,” said Juan Gonzalez Jr., who assists his father. “She’s always been very feisty, a fighter. But she’s very secure in the gate and has an awesome break. In her trial, she was a length and a half in front after just the first two or three strides.”

A homebred, Running Dragon has raced exclusively in New Mexico. The filly’s sire, Zulu Dragon, is a 9-year-old son of 1987 world champion and all-time leading sire First Down Dash and Hidden Dragon, a daughter of Dean Miracle who won the ’02 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1).

Racing in New Mexico from 2009-13, Zulu Dragon earned $180,054 from 29 starts, and his six wins included the 2011 La Plata Stakes (G3) at SunRay Park and ’12 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park. The stallion is owned by a partnership, and he currently stands for a $6,000 fee at Rancho el 21 in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Running Dragon’s dam, Banking Lane, is a homebred 10-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat (TB) stallion Devon Lane (TB). The filly traces back to her third dam, Quick Step Disco, a Texas-bred mare by Disco Jerry (TB) who won the 1994 Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity (RG3) at Sunland Park.

“If everything works out, we’ll try our luck with this filly in the Zia Futurity trials (on July 16),” Gonzalez Jr. said. “Then we’ll make a decision with the All American trials.”

This year’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials are scheduled for August 19-20.

Sent to post as the 2-1 second choice, Running Dragon returned a $6.40 win mutuel. Percyjones, a 13-1 longshot and one of four finalists qualified by trainer Blane Wood, ran second to complete a $99.40 ($2) exacta.

Jesse Jrs Tambien, Me Like Daddy, Cowgirlsalady, favorite Copy My Daddy, Big Spurs, Famous Big Daddy, Major Alligator, and Pj Runaway Bunny completed the order of finish.

Percyjones is a sorrel son of Jesse James Jr campaigned by Terry and Irene Stennett, who acquired the gelding for $35,000 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Percyjones has won one of two races, and the $65,566 runner-up share of the Mountain Top purse increased his earnings to $67,966.

A $17,000 buy at the 2015 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Jesse Jrs Tambien races for Mark and Annette McCloy. The sorrel Jesse James Jr gelding has won one of two starts and has banked $38,826.


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