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Gun Battle back in New Mexico Classic Trials


October 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

HOBBS, N.M. (Oct. 24, 2006) – All American Futurity runner-up Gun Battle makes his first start since that second in the world’s richest Quarter Horse race when he headlines the six trials to the $287,350 New Mexico Classic Quarter Horse Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Zia Park.

The New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times become eligible to race in the 400-yard New Mexico Classic Quarter Horse Futurity on Nov. 12.

The trials will be contested as the first six races on the 11-race card with Gun Battle racing in the fourth trial. First post time is 1:15 p.m. with free parking and free grandstand admission.

Robert and Del Rae Driggers’ Gun Battle will by joined by All American Futurity fourth-place finisher Mightys First Call in the fourth trial, making that 400-yard heat appear more like a Grade 1 futurity finals than a trial for state-breds.

Gun Battle has earned nearly $500,000 from his eight career starts with five wins and his second behind No Secrets Here in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity. In the All American, on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs, Gun Battle was sent off as the 5-2 favorite and raced through the very sloppy going to finish just a neck behind No Secrets Here’s stakes-record time of :20.886 for 440 yards.

The Fred Danley-trained Gun Battle earned his All American favoritism after winning the $356,410 Zia Futurity and his All American trial by more than five lengths in his previous two starts.

The “luck of the draw” placed Richard Shearer’s Mightys First Call in the same trial as Gun Battle. Like Gun Battle, Mightys First Call showed that New Mexico-breds can successfully compete at the highest level of open company. The Blane Wood-trained Mightys First Call was second to Gun Battle in the Zia Futurity, second behind No Secrets Here in their All American Futurity trial and then fourth in the All American Futurity.

Mightys First Call has won three of his nine starts and earned $191,173.

Gun Battle starts from the sixth post position and Esgar Ramirez, who was aboard for the Zia Futurity win, has the riding assignment.

Mightys First Call and regular rider J.J. Gonzales II start from the third post position.

Here is a glance at the other trials.

In the first trial, New Mexico Senor Futurity finalist Genuine Streak meets Stone Star Jumper, who has finished on the board in each of his three career starts.

In the second trial, New Mexico Senorita Futurity winner Lady La Dash goes for her third straight victory. She won the Senorita by 1-1/4 lengths in her most recent start.

In the third trial, Ray Willis’ Speedy Strawfly shoots for his fourth win from eight starts. He qualified for the New Mexican Spring Futurity and recently won a Zia Park allowance win.

In the fifth trial, New Mexico Senor Futurity runner-up Dueces Deferred looks to keep his consistent record intact. The gelding has finished in the top three in each of his seven lifetimes starts.

In the sixth trial, Flashy Dollarhide steps up in class after back-to-back victories. He broke his maiden and then won a conditioned allowance race.