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Rocked Up, Reagal Eagle lead Rainbow Futurity qualifiers

Amanda Greer


Salome Gallegos’ Rocked Up upset Remington Park Oklahoma Futurity winner Coronado Cartel in the eighth of 13 trials and was rewarded with the fastest-qualifying time of :19.416 for 400 yards on the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Reagal Eagle set the fastest-qualifying mark on Thursday and the overall fastest time of :19.242 for 400 yards.

A new qualifying format was instituted this year with the two-year-olds racing to the five fastest times on Thursday joining the horses recording the five-fastest times on Friday in the 400-yard finals on July 21.

The $1 million purse is an all-time record for the Rainbow Futurity, surpassing the $700,000 purses in 2011 and 2012.

The Grade 1, $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby also has an all-time record purse. The nine 440-yard Rainbow Derby trials will be held on Saturday with the record-setting finals on July 20.

Here is a rundown of the 10 Rainbow Futurity qualifiers, beginning with the five qualifiers on Friday.

Qualifiers from Friday, July 5

Rocked Up (:19.416)
Rocked Up won a deep eighth trial by one length for his first career win in his second start. The son of Shazoom was third in his Ruidoso Futurity trial when he made his first start for trainer Juan Gonzalez.

Ms First Prize Rose (:19.417)
Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches’ Ms First Prize Rose raced to a one-and-one-half length win in the seventh trial to give trainer Blane Wood his third horse in the Rainbow Futurity. He qualified two horses on Thursday. The well-bred daughter of Corona Cartel and First Carolina was third in a maiden race at Sam Houston Race Park and then came to Ruidoso Downs to win her Ruidoso Futurity trial by a neck after a troubled start.

Regard The Cartel (:19.479)
Armando Rivera and Mayra Sanchez’s Regard The Cartel made a very impressive career debut for trainer Eddie Willis when he drew out to a two-and-one-quarter-length win as a 12-1 longshot. The Chicks Regard colt raced over a muddy track in the third trial while Rocked Up and Ms First Prize Rose ran on a fast strip.

Potenzza (:19.479)
Jorge Haddad’s Potenzza gave trainer Paul Jones his second finalist after placing Grc Justplainazoom in the Rainbow Futurity on Thursday afternoon. A $145,000 graduate at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Potenzza won her Ruidoso Futurity trial by a neck in her first start and then won the fourth Rainbow Futurity trial by three quarters of a length as the 17-10 favorite.

Carters Disco (:19.487)
Vwp Jr. Inc.’s homebred Carters Disco impressed with a dominating two-length win in the 11th trial. The John Stinebaugh-trained Carters Cartel gelding qualified for the Ruidoso Futurity after winning his trial by three quarters of a length in his second start.

Qualifiers from Thursday, July 4

Reagal Eagle (:19.242)
Nahum and Rosella’s Regal Eagle won the second trial by one-and-one-quarter lengths over fellow qualifier Bp Its My Policy. The One Famous Eagle-sired colt had qualified for the West Texas Juvenile and was second in his Ruidoso Futurity trial for trainer Eduardo Gonzalez.

Belle Helene (:19.403)
Lana Merrick’s Belle Helene won the sixth trial by two lengths for her second-straight win. The Valiant Hero filly from the Wood barn raced in the Sam Houston Juvenile and won her Ruidoso Futurity trial by one length in her Ruidoso Downs debut.

BP Its My Policy (:19.443)
Bill Price’s homebred Bp Its My Policy was second to Reagal Eagle in second trial. It was his first start at Ruidoso Downs for the Wood trainee after a pair of third-place runs at Remington Park in a maiden race and Heritage Place Futurity trial.

Grc Justplainazoom (:19.507)
Paul Blanchard’s Grc Justplainazoom fought to a neck win at 12-1 odds over odds-on favorite Viva Sin Tacha in fourth trial. The Jones-trained gelding was fifth in Ruidoso Futurity trial when he made his debut.

Chief Tistarosa B (:19.515)

J and M Racing and Farms’ Chief Tistarosa B scored in the third trial by one-half length for trainer Kristopher Cordova. The Separatist gelding made his only other start in the Ruidoso Futurity trials and was second by one length.

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