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Undefeated Sheza Snowball Headlines Rio Grande Senorita Futurity
RSS Feeds Sunday, September 4, 2016
Sheza Snowball, an undefeated daughter of the Gone West stallion Southwestern Heat, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies entered back in Sunday’s 5 1/2-furlong, $191,077 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Todd Fincher for owner James W. Wolslager Jr., Sheza Snowball has won all three of her outs, including the 5-furlong, $30,000 Turquoise Stakes (R) at Ruidoso on July 23, and she has earned $31,200. The filly is the first starter foaled by Sheza Diamondbelle, an unraced daughter of Devon Lane and half sister to Queen Of Millbrook, a multiple stakes winner at Finger Lakes Racetrack from 1997-98.

Sheza Snowball drew post 8 and will be ridden by Francisco Giles.

Vocally, a homebred Indian Firewater filly trained by Fincher for owners Brad King and Dale Taylor, has won two of her three outs, with her only loss being a second-place finish to Sheza Snowball in the Turquoise Stakes. Vocally began her career with a wire-to-wire victory in the 4 1/2-furlong C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on May 16.

Alfredo Juarez Jr. will ride Vocally from post 9.

Other contenders include R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin, a homebred chestnut daughter of Swissle Stick trained by Fincher and the 3-1 morning-line favorite. Sippin has won both of her outs, including the third of four Rio Grande Senorita Futurity trials on August 13. A half sister to 2014 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) winner Mancation, the filly drew the rail post and will be ridden by Christian Santiago Reyes.

The Rio Grande Senorita Futurity will be the eighth race on Ruidoso Downs’ 10-race card, which will be headlined by the 43rd running of the 440-yard, $2.4-million All American Derby (G1). Estimated post time for the Senorita Futurity is 3:16 p.m. (MDT).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Sippin (Christian Santiago Reyes), 3-1; Rolling Star (Ricardo Jaime), 20-1; Runaway Queen (Jesiere Medina), 8-1; Back Seat Kiss (Miguel T. Fuentes Jr.), 15-1; Heat Stroke (Patrick Valenzuela), 6-1; Miss Twister (Ken Tohill), 10-1; I’m A Dancin Who (Ruby Gonzalez), 12-1; Sheza Snowball (Francisco Giles), 7-2; Vocally (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 9-2; and Lilly Dale Who (Jorge Rocha), 15-1.

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