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Ruidoso Select Sale graduates shine in West Texas Futurity trials


April 4, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino – Less than seven months after they sold in the 2005 Ruidoso Select Quarter Horse Sale, seven yearlings are now finalists to the Grade 1, $230,482 West Texas Futurity on April 9 at Sunland Park.

The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest qualifying times in the eight trials on March 24 qualified for the West Texas Futurity, the year’s first Grade 1 futurity. Therefore, seventy percent of the finalists are Ruidoso Select Quarter Horse Sale graduates.

Last year’s West Texas Futurity winner, Leading Spirit, went on the win the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity, each at Ruidoso Downs, on his way to being named champion 2-year-old gelding.

The 2006 Ruidoso Select Quarter Horse Sale will be conducted Sept. 1-3 at Ruidoso Downs in conjunction with the Grade 1, $2 million (est.) All American Futurity.

Topping the West Texas Futurity qualifiers was Ruidoso Select Quarter Horse Yearling Sale graduate Jess Charming (Mr Jess Perry-Corona Perfection, Corona Cartel). The Mike Joiner-trained filly won the sixth trial by 1-1/2 lengths in :15.190 for 300 yards. She raised her record to two wins from two starts with the trial victory.

Jess Charming was consigned by Roger Daly as the agent for Vinewood Farms. She was purchased on a bid of $44,000 by Terry Wootan, Billy Smith, J.D. Yates and Downtime Enterprises LLC.

West Texas Futurity fourth-fastest qualifier Gus The Greek [Relagate (TB)-Miss Ryon Dash, Dash For Destiny] was sold on a bid of $17,000 from Scarlett Hill Farm to the partnership of John Lee and Lincoln Sherwood. Gus The Greek won his trial in :15.309 from the rail post position.

Fifth-fastest qualifier Angelina Ballerina (Hawkinson-Madonna Effort, Special Effort), owned by Otilio Ramos, was consigned by Burns’ Ranch and purchased on a bid of $10,000. She finished second in her trial, which was her career debut.

Run Perry Run (Mr Jess Perry-Telia Turner, Special Effort) raced to the sixth fastest qualifying time. He sold on a bid of $25,000 from the 6666 Ranch to Mountain Racing LLC. The gelding made his first start in the trials, finishing second to fastest qualifier Jess Charming.

Check That Blurr [Check Him Out-Cash Blurr, Murrtheblurr (TB)], purchased for $30,000, posted the seventh fastest qualifying time. She was consigned by MJ Farms and bought by Michael Bennett, Jerry Cozby, Stuart Sliva and J.D. Yates. She ran second in her trial from the inside post position. It was her first start.

Ninth fastest qualifier Eyesa Runner (Mr Eye Opener-Miss Six Moons, Marthas Six Moons) was consigned by the Lazy E Ranch for Harold or Louise Bray. She was purchased on a bid of $30,000 by Humberto Lopez Gaxiola and made her racing debut in the trials, finishing third behind Jess Charming and Run Perry Run.

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