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Vernissage is Morning-Line Favorite in George Maloof Futurity
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Gary L. Thompson’s Vernissage is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the 6-furlong, $37,000-added George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, one of three state-bred stakes races to be run at The Downs at Albuquerque on Sunday.

A homebred gelding by the Golden Missile stallion Going Wild trained by Bart Hone, Vernissage is coming off of a half-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong state-bred maiden dash at Zia Park on September 9. Vernissage has earned $41,131 from five starts, and his race record includes a second-place finish in the colts and geldings division of the April 13, $95,126 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park.

Alejandro Medellin will ride Vernissage from post 9 on Sunday. Medellin was aboard the gelding in his maiden victory.

Vernissage’s nine opponents include the stakes-placed Beaumont Time, a Your Eminence gelding who sold for $5,000 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Beaumont Time has banked $22,965 from seven races for owners Anna M. Crowson and Tony Sedillo.

The complete lineup for the George Maloof Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Beaumont Time (J. Martin Bourdieu), 8-1; Runawayrick (Celso Rodriguez), 12-1; Up Here (Don Frazier), 5-1; Wild Thunder (John Rochabrun), 10-1; El Maximo (Luis Rodriguez), 12-1; Poblano (Brian Theriot), 4-1; Fiji Gold (Carl Williams), 8-1; Some Dandy (David Cardoso), 10-1; Vernissage (Alejandro Medellin), 3-1; and Drip (Jimmy Coates), 8-1.

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New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies will be in the spotlight in Sunday’s $37,000-added Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R), which has drawn a field of 11.

Landrys Girl, a homebred daughter of Lesters Boy campaigned by Adrian Esquibel and trained by Ernest Edgar, will put her two-race win streak on the line in the stakes. The filly is coming off of a two-length win as the odds-on favorite in the first of two trials on September 7.

David Cardoso will ride Landrys Girl from post 10.

Other Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity contenders include Mike Abraham’s Storm With Flair, a homebred filly by the Storm Cat stallion Tompest who made her debut with a neck victory in the second trial; and David Wolochuk’s My Dandy Girl, a filly by Real Dandy who broke her maiden against open company at Canterbury Park in Minnesota on August 24.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Roll So Gold (Enrique Garcia), 15-1; Dandy Pleasure (Don Frazier), 15-1; Aednat (Celso Rodriguez), 20-1; Burnt Sugar (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Lady Five O Five (John Rochabrun), 20-1; Tormentada (Luis Rodriguez), 6-1; My Dandy Girl (J. Martin Bourdieu), 5-1; Storm With Flair (Jimmy Coates), 4-1; Kiss From Above (Brian Theriot), 20-1; Landrys Girl (David Cardoso), 3-1; and Hot News Girl (Hector Santiago), 6-1.

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Ofashionsoutherngirl, the fastest qualifier and morning-line choice, drew the outside post for Sunday’s 400-yard, $37,000-added New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

A homebred Southern Corona filly owned by Rita J. Danley of Anthony, New Mexico, and trained by Fred Danley, Ofashionsoutherngirl is undefeated in two starts at Albuquerque this season. Ofashionsoutherngirl is coming off of a one-length victory in the first of two trials on September 8.

Ofashionsoutherngirl’s dam, the Celadon mare Cowgirl Cadilac, won the 1998 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3).

Fourth-fastest qualifier Rex Hill drew post 8. The Jesse James Jr colt has earned $156,184 from 14 races for his owners, brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, and his five wins include a neck victory in last year’s New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Past winners of the New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby include AQHA champion Now I Know, and Major Rime and Namehimastreaker.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Jess My Time (Flavio Lozano), 8-1; Jesses On The Run (J. Martin Bourdieu), 8-1; Smafricate (Elliot Bachicha Jr.), 12-1; King Kola (Jose Ruiz), 10-1; Balderinas Surprise (Albert Medrano), 5-1; Easily A Gent (Jimmy Coates), 4-1; Ms James (Manuel Gutierrez), 10-1; Rex Hill (Alonso Rivera), 8-1; Vuvu Zela (Benito Baca), 12-1; and Ofashionsoutherngirl (Porfirio Cano), 3-1.

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