A Revenant ran down Paint My Pilot in the finals few strides to win the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs and place A Revenant on the short list of favorites to the Grade 1, $3,000,000 All American Futurity on Labor Day.
The $1,000,000 purse equals the record purse for the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity.
A Revenant started from the outside post position while Paint My Pilot drew the inside post position.
“He got away (from the gate) extremely well for him,” said rider Cody Jensen after winning his first Rainbow Futurity. “I drew next to Muddy Watters and he starts well. I liked that because it gave us a target to run at.”
“I switched sticks (changed whip hands) to my left hand when we hit the crowd and he took off. He galloped out great,” said Jensen
“I’ve finished second in this race four times; now the races on my bucket list that I haven’t won are the Champion of Champions and the Los Alamitos Two Million.”
A Revenant was timed in :19.708 for the 400 yards.
Paint My Pilot, who nearly hit the inside rail, ran an impressive race to finish second, beaten by a neck.
Lethal Class was one length behind the leaders for third.
Owned R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway, A Revenant’s next goal is to check off the final race from Hubbard’s bucket list – the All American Futurity. He has finished in every position in the All American Futurity, but first.
“Number one on my bucket list is the All American Futurity,” said Hubbard. “I need to say that the jockey and the trainer (Mike Joiner) did an outstanding job. It’s a great crew.”
Joiner qualified four horses for the Rainbow Futurity. One horse, One Famous Beau, was scratched because of a hoof abscess. Ultimate Return finished sixth and Drinkin Class was ninth.
“It’s fantastic,” said Joiner after winning his second Rainbow Futurity. “I’m really happy for the owners, my crew, my jockey and the horse.”
A Revenant, a $152,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, now becomes a prime stallion prospect with this classic Grade 1 win.
The son of Mr Jess Perry earned his odds-on favoritism after finishing second by just a head in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity to Apolltical Chad, who passed the Rainbow Futurity and is pointing at the All American Futurity trials on August 19-20.
Bred by Julianna Hawn Holt, A Revenant was the fastest qualifier on the first of two days of Rainbow Futurity trials. He covered the 400 yards in :19.812.
Double A Ranch’s Paint My Pilot may have cost himself the Rainbow Futurity when he ducked in and nearly hit the inside rail and then veered out under jockey Yordanis Amaro.
A Pyc Paint Your Wagon son from the Kelli Martin barn, Paint My Pilot won his maiden in his third start when he took his Rainbow Futurity trial by two-and-one-quarter lengths
Third-place finisher Lethal Class, a daughter of Tres Seis, should prove dangerous for the rest of the year. The Blane Wood-trained filly won her first two starts and was second in her Rainbow Futurity trial with the second-fastest time of :19.895 on the second day of trials.
In the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile, for horses that did not qualify for the Rainbow Futurity, Rancho El Cabrestos, Inc’s Apollititaka scored 13-1 upset win when she held off Seaside Eagle to take the diminishing one-half-length victory.
Apollititaka scrambled out of the second post position and had the lead within 150 yards. Jockey Eduardo Nicasio hustled the filly to the win in :19.899 for the 400 yards with a 15 mph tailwind.
Martin Ybarra’s Seaside Eagle, under Cesar Gomez, made a strong run in the last half of the race before coming up short under Cesar Gomez. LMG Racing, Inc.’s Take The Cash was third, three quarters of a length behind Seaside Eagle.
Apollititaka raced to her second win from five career starts. The Juan Aleman-trained filly took a maiden race back in May at Los Alamitos. She was third behind Rainbow Futurity qualifiers Ultimate Return and Lethal Class in their Rainbow Futurity trial.
The Juan Torres-trained Seaside Eagle, a $91,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, has three second-place finishes from three starts. The One Famous Eagle-sired colt was second as the odds-on favorite in his Rainbow Futurity trial.
The Chris Zamora-trained Take The Cup was looking for his fifth-consecutive win. The Corona Cartel son, a $70,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, won the West Texas Juvenile in his second start. Sergio Becerra Jr. was aboard.
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