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Zia Futurity Trials Draw 87 Entries
RSS Feeds Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A total of 87 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds have been entered in Friday's 400-yard Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Richard McGehee's Junior June Bug is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the seventh of nine trials. A sorrel colt by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jesse James Jr, Junior June Bug has won two of four races and has earned $184,576, and he is coming off of a neck victory as the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 350-yard, $306,456 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on June 16.

Junior June Bug also ran second, one length behind eventual Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner PJ Chick In Black, in the $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on April 8.

Rex Hill, a Jesse James Jr colt racing for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins, is the 5-2 morning-line choice in heat 6. Rex Hill has banked $113,119 from four outs, and his three wins include a neck score as the fastest qualifier in the June 3, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Gary L. Thompson's Tombstone, a homebred Get Down Perry gelding racing who ran second in the New Mexico Breeders' Futurity, drew post 7 in the fourth trial. Tombstone has won three of five races and has earned $76,808, and his stakes resume includes a third-place finish in the New Mexican Spring Futurity.

Click here for a complete list of entries for Friday's card at Ruidoso Downs, courtesy of Equibase.

This year's Zia Futurity will be worth a stakes-record purse of $395,028, which surpasses the previous stakes record of $363,586 set five years ago. The Zia Futurity is one of 11 New Mexico-bred stakes – seven for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses – scheduled for Zia Festival Day, July 29.

Past winners of the Zia Futurity include Major Rime (1994), AQHA champion Now I Know ('95), Namehimastreaker ('96), Arealstraitheart (2005), and Gun Battle ('06).


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Monday, January 16, 2017
Adrian Ramos rode second-fastest qualifier Running Dragon to a half-length win in Sunday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Lisa M. Rehburg’s Weather Dodger, a homebred 5-year-old gelding, came from off the pace to win the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Saturday.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association will hold its annual business meeting on Thursday, January 26, beginning at 1 p.m. (MST). The meeting will be held at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque, located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Magnifico Dragon, a graded stakes winning son of Zulu Dragon and the fastest qualifier, drew post 9 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $205,960 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.




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