Crowson Racing’s One Quick Eagle and Johnny Trotter’s homebred Strategic Weapon are only two-year-olds starting their racing careers, however they are getting to know each other rather well.
They ran one-two in their Ruidoso Downs schooling race (a workout with race-like conditions) on May 8 and then in their Ruidoso Futurity trial while setting the top-two qualifying times to the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. They will meet for the third time when the $750,000 is on the line in the Ruidoso Futurity on June 9.
Strategic Weapon won the schooling race and One Quick Eagle won the Ruidoso Futurity trial.
One Quick Eagle raced to the one-half length win in the ninth of 25 trials with a :17.225 time for the 350 yards to top the qualifiers to the Ruidoso Futurity. Strategic Weapon was second in the trial with the second-fastest time of :17.327. The horses with the top-10 times from the trials qualify to race in the Ruidoso Futurity with an all-time record purse.
Strategic Weapon got the unofficial schooling race win with the fastest time, :15.49 for 300 yards, from three days of schooling races. One Quick Eagle recorded a :15.50 time while finishing second.
While Strategic Weapon didn’t win that trial for trainer Blane Wood, the conditioner had a superb day while taking eight trials. “It’s awesome,” Wood said. “It’s a day you dream about. My crew works so hard and everything came together. We broke 80 (two-year-olds) and brought the best 40 up here (from his Lubbock training center).”
Jockey Ricky Ramirez, an integral part of the Wood team, was aboard seven of the Wood-trained winners.
Trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores put a work into One Quick Eagle 11 days after the schooling races and the filly posted the top time from19 horses working 220 yards on that day. “It was just a light breeze,” jockey Esgar Ramirez said of the May 18 work. “We just went nice and easy.
“She had a really nice schooling race and is a real honest filly. I knew she could really run and we caught a tail wind (eight mph) in the trial.”
Wood said that he was pleased with Strategic Weapon’s trial effort. “He got away (from the gate) a little rough, but I think the other horse just outran us. Strategic Weapon has been good from day one and done everything right.”
One Quick Eagle and Strategic Weapon are also closely related. One Quick Eagle is by 2012’s leading freshman sire One Famous Eagle while Strategic Weapon is a half-brother to One Famous Eagle. The mare One Famous Lady produced champion three-year-old colt One Famous Eagle and Strategic Weapon.
The complete list of qualifiers are One Quick Eagle (:17.255), Strategic Weapon (:17.327), You N How Many More (:17.347), Carters Disco (:17.355), Three Wild Dreams (:17.408), El Senor Lucero (:17.422), Cartel Quick (:17.428), Feature Lauren (:17.455), Sufired (:17.468) and Quick Dynasty (:17.474).
Topping the Saturday Ruidoso Downs’ program are the eight trials to the Grade 1, $822,000 Ruidoso Derby with champion PJ Chick In Black and Rainbow Futurity winner Carters Cookie the headliners.
The 400-yard Ruidoso Derby will have an all-time record purse when it is contested on June 8 and next year’s running could surpass that record. A year ago, there were 319 horses eligible to this year’s Ruidoso Derby and now there are 326 horses with eligibility to the 2014 Ruidoso Derby.
First post time is 1 p.m. for Saturday’s card with the Ruidoso Derby trials running as the fifth through the 12th races on the 12-race program.
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2012 Ruidoso Futurity Unofficial Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
One Quick Eagle/9 V Rodriguez-Flores Esgar Ramirez 8t 17.255
Strategic Weapon/9 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 8t 17.327
You N How Many More/11 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Leos 12c 17.347
Carters Disco/19 John Stinebaugh Bonifacio Perez 8c 17.355
Three Wild Dreams/13 Chris Zamora Manuel Gutierrez 10c 17.408
El Senor Lucero/10 K. Cordova Esgar Ramirez 10t 17.422
Cartel Quick/18 Alonso Orozco Tanner Thedford 8c 17.428
Feature Lauren/10 L. Villafranco Ramon Sanchez 10t 17.455
Sufired/19 Juan Gonzalez Tanner Thedford 8c 17.468
Quick Dynasty/10 Brandon Muniz Oscar Rincon 10t 17.474