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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).


In The News

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Yaneth Cabrera’s Jess Cruzin On By is the fastest qualifier to the July 31, $163,843 Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Ruidoso Downs.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Big Spurs, a gray son of freshman sire Big Daddy Cartel campaigned by Astorga Racing LLC, won the second of nine Zia Futurity (RG1) trials on Saturday, and the colt is the fastest qualifier to the $409,110 final for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds on July 31.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
The field for this year’s 5-furlong, $173,171 Mountain Top Throughbred Futurity (R) has been set after three trials were contested on a sealed and wet-fast track at Ruidoso Downs on Friday.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association board of trustees is requesting member input regarding proposed changes to the association bylaws.




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