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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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