RC Racing, LLC’s A Passion For Flashn destroyed his rivals in the seventh of 10 Zia Futurity trials on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs and easily clocked the fastest qualifying time.
The four trials for the Zia Derby were also held. Terry and Irene Stennett’s Percyjones showed his class with an easy win with the top qualifying mark.
All of the trials were for New Mexico-breds and contested over 400 yards.
The top-10 qualifiers from the Zia Futurity trials qualified for the $370,820 Zia Futurity on July 30. It offers the largest purse during the Zia Festival, a celebration of New Mexico-bred racing.
The horses with the 10-fastest times in the Zia Derby trials return in the $176,005 Zia Derby, also during the Zia Festival.
A Passion For Flashn, a $6,500 Ruidoso Yearling Sale bargain, easily took command of his trial under jockey Mauro Salcedo and drew out to a three-length win in :19.953 for the 400 yards. He was sent off as the 3-5 favorite.
Trained by Marton Orona, Sr., A Passion For Flashn earned that strong favoritism after finishing fourth in the $393,000 Mountain Top Futurity in his previous start.
The First Moonflash-sired colt has two wins from his latest three starts. He also won his trial to the Mountain Top Futurity.
A Passion For Flashn was the only horse to race the 400 yards in under 20 seconds. The next fastest qualifier, Tempting Star Gazer, won the first trial in :20.041 with Cipriano Uscanga Vidana up.
Another offspring of First Moonflash, Tempting Star Gazer was third in the New Mexican Spring Futurity and reached the finals of the Mountain Top Futurity after winning his trial by one-and-three-quarter lengths.
The gelding is trained by Wes Giles and was a $23,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale purchase.
Zia Derby top-qualifier Percyjones, a $35,000 Ruidoso sale purchase, has shown Grade 1 success against open horses and was the superior horse in the fourth trial. The gelding by Jesse James Jr. pulled away from his rivals to win by one length in :19.791 as the 3-10 favorite. Ricky Ramirez was riding.
Percyjones raced to his fifth win from eight career starts. He showed his class when he was third, beaten by a neck, in the Grade 1, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park.
Trained by Trey Wood, Percyjones was second by a neck in last year’s $364,000 Mountain Top Futurity.
Wood and Ramirez combined to qualify three horses to the Zia Derby. They also put
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Zia QH Futurity Qualifiers Unofficial
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
A Passion For Flashn/7 * Martin Orona Mauro Salcedo 4h 19.953
Tempting Star Gazer/1 * Wesley Giles Cipriano U Vidana 9t 20.041
Jesse Lane/4 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S Vallejo 3c 20.064
Hy Ho Harvey/10 * Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 0 20.073
Jesse Diva/4 Fred Danley Alfredo Sigala 3c 20.089
Bigg Daddy/6 * Wesley Giles G R Carter 7h 20.124
Jesse Klee/9 * Mike Joiner Sal Martinez 4h 20.131
Riverside Flash/10 Wesley Giles Adrian Ramos 0 20.133
First N Forever/1 * Mike Joiner G R Carter 9t 20.143
Miles Of Flash/3 * Fred Danley Alfredo Sigala 0 20.147
Zia QH Derby Qualifiers Unofficial
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Percyjones/4 * Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 0 19.791
Yudes Jess Dashin/1 * Mike Joiner Sal Martinez 0 19.905
Mitey Man/1 * Trey Wood Raul Ramirez 0 19.921
Mystic Daddy/4 * Mike Joiner Raul Ramirez 0 19.950
Me Like Daddy/2 * Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 0 19.964
Moonshine Milly/4 * Mike Joiner G. R. Carter Jr. 0 19.975
A Sure First/4 * Ross Amestoy Tanner Thedford 0 19.977
Pj Runaway Bunny/4* Jackie Riddle Agustin Silva 0 19.994
Altitude Project/1 Jose Ramos Oscar Cordova 0 19.998
Running Dragon/1 Juan Gonzalez Adrian A. Ramos 0 19.999
* Ruidoso Sales Graduate