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Record purse on the line in Bitterroot Futurity

June 26, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

The fastest qualifier from nine trials held on June 14—Steinway Ivory—has been installed as the 5-to-2 favorite in Friday night’s $150,131 Bitterroot Futurity at Les Bois Park. Steinway Ivory is trained by Mark Hanson and will be ridden from the #9 post by Dirk Crane.

The purse represents a record high for the Futurity, which typically carries purses of between $100,000 and $120,000, making it annually the richest race in Idaho. Qualifiers to Friday’s final came from seven of the nine trials.

Second-fastest qualifier, Jess Curl My Prize, is 7-to-2 on the morning line, but could go to post as the favorite, based on several factors: leading rider Nikeela Black rides, leading Quarter Horse trainer Monty Arrossa trains, and Jess Curl My Prize has already won a major futurity on the surfact—the $39,900 Knight Transportation Futurity on May 26.

The third-fastest qualifier, Dk The Nacho Lady, is listed as third favorite at 4-to-1. Dk The Nacho Lady qualified for, but was scratched from, the Knight Transportation Futurity by trainer Jarrett Mills. Antonio Alberto ships in to ride.

The Bitterroot Futurity is the eighth race on the nine-race card, and goes to post at approximately 8:15 p.m. local time. First post is at 5:30. Overall, 76 horses are entered in the nine races for a solid 8.44 average horses-per-race. Other highlights on the card are the $15,000 Bitterroot Juvenile, for Bitterroot Futurity non-qualifiers, and the $20,535 Boise Derby for Thoroughbreds.

“Friday’s race card for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses features some of the best and fastest horses racing for the highest purses of the season at Les Bois Park,” said General Manager Duayne Didericksen. “Race fans won’t be disappointed.”

In addition to writing a great race card, Les Bois Park also offers Fan Appreciation Day on Friday, with free admission and food and drink specials, including $1 hot dogs and $1 select beverages.

The full field for the Bitterroot Futurity
Post Horse               Jockey       Odds
1 Perryczech Luna 6-to-1
2 Makin Snow Torres 12-to-1
3 Dk the Nacho Lady Alberto 4-to-1
4 One Prompt Jj DeAlba 8-to-1
5 Moreno Guapo Figueroa 20-to-1
6 Jess Curl My Prize Black 7-to-2
7 Zoomin for Kash Aceves 15-to-1
8 Barn Babe Virgen 20-to-1
9 Steinway Ivory Crane 5-to-2
10 Left My Mark Marin 10-to-1