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Trainer Todd Fincher Dominates Rio Grande Senorita Futurity Trials
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Trainer Todd Fincher won all four of Saturday’s 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) trials for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Ruidoso Downs.
Heat Stroke, a homebred daughter of Southwestern Heat ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for owner R.D. Hubbard, won the first trial by six lengths as the odds-on favorite. The filly is one of two winners from as many starters foaled by the 8-year-old winning Hennessy mare Cocktail Girl, a half sister to Virginie (BRZ) and Be Fair (BRZ), both Grade 1 stakes winners in Brazil.

Juarez also rode the winner of the second heat, Vocally. A homebred Indian Firewater filly racing for Brad King and Dale Taylor and the 1-2 favorite, Vocally defeated I’m A Dancin Who by 2 1/4 lengths for her second win in three outs.

Vocally was coming off of a second-place finish in the July 23 Turquoise Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred juvenile fillies at Ruidoso. The filly is the first starter produced by her dam, the winning Songandaprayer mare Songtress.

Hubbard’s Sippin, a homebred Swissle Stick filly, won the third trial by seven lengths under jockey Christian Santiago Reyes. A half sister to 2014 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) winner Mancation, Sippin was winning for the second time in as many starts.

Francisco Giles rode Fincher’s fourth trial winner, Sheza Snowball, for owner James W. Wolsager Jr. A homebred gray or roan filly by Southwestern Heat, Sheza Snowball rallied to win by a half of a length as the 9-10 favorite.

Sheza Snowball’s dam, Sheza Diamondbelle, is an unraced 7-year-old daughter of Devon Lane and a half sister to Queen Of Millbrook, a two-time stakes winner at Finger Lakes Racetrack in upstate New York from 1997-98. Sheza Snowball made her debut with a victory in the Turquoise Stakes.

The top two finishers in the four Senorita Futurity trials qualified to the final and will be joined by two of the third-place finishers. The third-place finishers were Special Cat, Back Seat Kiss, Pink Cadillac, and Lilly Dale Who.

The complete list of qualifiers to the September 4, $191,077 final, minus the finalist to draw in, appears in alphabetical order below.





F, Southwestern Heat-Cocktail Girl by Hennessy

R.D. Hubbard

R.D. Hubbard (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Indian Firewater-Belly Dance by Robyn Dancer

Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, Lee Lewis, Derrol Hubbard, and Ted Rushing

Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Roll Hennessy Roll-Fan’s Cat by Devon Lane

Dale & Debby Taylor

Dale & Debbie Taylor (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Roll Hennessy Roll-Setustrait by Desert God

Charles W. Hunter

Charles W. Hunter (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Attila’s Storm-Runaway Lady by Runaway Groom

Cleber J. Massey

Cleber J. Massey (NM)

Joel Marr

F, Southwestern Heat-Sheza Diamondbelle by Devon Lane

James W. WolslagerJr.

J.W. Wolslager Jr. (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Swissle Stick-Samba Queen by Giant’s Causeway

R.D. Hubbard

R.D. Hubbard (NM)

Todd Fincher

F, Indian Firewater-Songtress by Songandaprayer

Brad King and Dale Taylor

Dale Taylor Sr. (NM)

Todd Fincher


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