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Zia Futurity Trials Attract 94 New Mexico-Bred 2-Year-Olds
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Heza Wild Dragon, the winner of the $357,030 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on June 15, is one of 94 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

A sorrel son of Genuine Strawfly and 2003 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) winner Hidden Dragon owned and trained by Kristopher Cordova, Heza Wild Dragon has won both of his starts and has earned $152,053. The gelding sold for $15,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Heza Wild Dragon drew post 1 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez in the third of 10 trials.

Other prominent state-bred 2-year-olds entered in the Zia Futurity trials include Mountain Top runner-up Threedeewoodee, stakes winner Kia Won, and Kaydns Krusader.

A $39,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Threedeewoodee has banked $113,123 from four outs for his owner, Gary L. Thompson. The brown gelding by the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge has won two races, and his race record includes a second-place finish to Moonifisant in the 300-yard, $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Chris Zamora trains Threedeewoodee. The gelding will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez from post 5 in the first Zia Futurity trial.

Kia Won sold for $5,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, and the gray gelding by champion Ketel Won has earned $30,850 from two starts for his owners, Joe Rios and Nahum Prieto. Kia Won is coming off of a nose victory in the April 7, $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.

Kaydns Krusader, a $17,000 buy at the New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, has banked $43,343 from four races for his owner, Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas. The Sixes Royal gelding most recently ran third, a neck behind winner Heza Wild Dragon, in the Mountain Top Futurity.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday's trials will meet in the $409,000 Zia Futurity final on Sunday, July 28. Past winners of the Zia Futurity include champion Now I Know, Namehimastreaker, Arealstraitheart, and Gun Battle.

Click here for a complete list of entries for the Zia Futurity trials, courtesy of Equibase.


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