Ruidoso Futurity runner-up A Revenant leads the two-year-old prospects into the record-equaling Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The $1 million purse equals the purse for the 2013 running of the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity.
Also on Sunday’s card is the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile for horses that raced in the Rainbow Futurity trials and did not qualify for the Rainbow Futurity.
First post time is 1 p.m. and the Rainbow Futurity will run as the eighth race. The Rainbow Juvenile will be the sixth race. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs.
A Revenant has put together a scintillating three-race career for owners R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway after the group purchased him for $152,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
One of four horses trainer Mike Joiner qualified for the Rainbow Futurity, A Revenant made his debut during the first day of trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity. He sped to a one-length win and his time of :17.748 for 350 yards was the second-fastest qualifying time on the first of two days of trials.
The Mr Jess Perry-sired A Revenant stepped up in the Ruidoso Futurity. He started with a little hop and brushed with a rival, however that did not deter the 2-1 favorite. He rallied with powerful strides to finish second by a head to Apolltical Chad, who passed on the Rainbow Futurity trials and is pointing at the All American Futurity trials on August 19-20.
A son of 2004 Rainbow Futurity winner Thewayouwantmetoo, A Revenant showed his class once again in the Rainbow Futurity trials. He broke out from the inside post position and quickly found his stride and then the lead. He surged away from his competition to win by one length and his time of :19.812 for 400 yards was the quickest mark on the first day of trials.
Jockey Cody Jensen was aboard five Rainbow Futurity qualifiers in the trials, including all four of the Joiner-trained finalists. He chose to ride A Revenant and they start from the outside post position in the 10-horse field.
The other Joiner-trained qualifiers are Ultimate Return, One Famous Beau and Drinkin Class. Jensen also qualified Muddy Watters.
High Rate Partners’ Ultimate Return established the top-qualifying mark on the second day of trials after putting away Lethal Class in the sixth of 15 trials.
Ultimate Return and Lethal Class drew adjoining stalls in the starting gate for their trial. It was apparent that the race was between these two horses within a few strides. They ran together before Ultimate Return gained the advantage with powerful strides and won by one-half length. Ultimate Return was timed in :19.835 while Lethal Class raced to the afternoon’s second-fastest mark of :19.895.
The homebred Ultimate Return raised his record to two wins from as many starts with the trial victory. The gelded son of High Rate Of Return won a Ruidoso Downs’ maiden race in his debut.
P.K. and Kim Thomas’ homebred Lethal Class, a daughter of Tres Seis, sustained her first defeat after starting her career with two wins. The Blane Wood-trained filly won her Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity trial by a nose and then took her Ruidoso Futurity trial by a head. She did not qualify for either race.
L. Salvador Martinez gets the mount on Ultimate Return with the sixth post position while Ivan Carnero will ride Lethal Class from the second post position.
In the Rainbow Juvenile, LMG Racing, Inc.’s Take The Cup looks to extend his unbeaten streak to five races.
Take The Cup won the $50,000 West Texas Juvenile in his second start and then easily won his trials to the Ruidoso Futurity and the Rainbow Futurity. In each instance, the Corona Cartel son’s time was not fast enough to reach the finals.
Trainer Chris Zamora has named Sergio Becerra, Jr. to ride Take The Cup from the fourth post position.
Trainer Blane Wood sends out the pair of Johnny Trotter’s One Sweet Racy and Murcielago, owned by Doug Benson and Johnny T.L. Jones Jr’s J Bar 7 Ranch.
One Sweet Racy made her debut in the Rainbow Futurity trials and finished second by a neck. She was beaten by Rainbow Futurity finalist De La Eagle.
Ricky Ramirez rode One Sweet Racy in her trial and retains the mount with the inside post position.
Murcielago was a troubled fourth while making his first start in the Ruidoso Futurity trials before moving forward and winning his Rainbow Futurity trial by one length.
Ivan Carnero picks up the mount on Murcielago with the outside post position.