Ruidoso Futurity runner-up A Revenant overcame a troubled start and pulled out to a one-length win in :19.812 for 400 yards to set the fastest-qualifying time on the first of two days of trials to the record-equaling Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The two-year-olds with the five-fastest times from Friday’s 15 trials will join the horses with the five-fastest times from Saturday’s 15 trials in the Rainbow Futurity on July 24. The youngsters with the next five-fastest times on each day gain eligibility to race in the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile on the same day.
The $1,000,000 purse equals the record purse set in 2013.
Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway, A Revenant started from the inside post position and broke out at the start and made contact with the horse next to him. A Revenant quickly found his stride under jockey Cody Jensen and dominated his rivals.
The Mike Joiner-trained A Revenant powered across the finish line and then was pulled up on the backstretch by Jensen. He was vanned off the track.
“He slightly bled,” said co-owner Hubbard. “The jockey always has instructions that if they bleed at all to stop and not bring them back (to be unsaddled). He got to the test barn and was drinking water and pulling the handler around. When he got back to (Joiner’s) barn, he was fine.”
Bleeding is exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and refers to the presence of blood in the airways of the lung in association with exercise.
A Revenant, a son of Mr Jess Perry, showed his potential when he made his debut on the first of two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity. He raced to a one-length win and his time of :17.748 was the day’s second-fastest time. The $152,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase returned in the Ruidoso Futurity to finish a battling head behind Apolltical Chad, who passed the Rainbow Futurity trials and is pointing to the All American Futurity trials on August 19-20.
The victory by A Revenant was part of an impressive afternoon for jockey Jensen and trainer Joiner. Jensen had four wins while Joiner saddled three trial winners. Jensen was also aboard third-fastest qualifier Muddy Watters and fourth-fastest qualifier Drinkin Class, who is trained by Joiner.
Abelardo Gallegos’ Soar Like An Eagle made his first start and had the good fortune of drawing into the same trial as A Revenant. Soar Like An Eagle showed his potential with a second-place finish with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.957.
Jose Enrique Ortiz was aboard the son of One Famous Eagle.
Third-fastest qualifier Muddy Watters moved up from a maiden win to take the second trial by one-half length over Bao Bao. The Corona Cartel son is a half-brother to champions and Champion of Champions winners Ocean Runaway and Wave Carver. He was a $105,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase.
Fourth-fastest qualifier Drinkin Class is now two-for-two from Joiner and Jensen. The One Sweet Jess-sired gelding won the ninth trial by a nose over fifth-fastest qualifier A Tres.
The Tres Seis-sired A Tres was making his second start after a fifth-place finish in his Ruidoso Futurity trial. He is trained by Blane Wood and ridden by Ricky Ramirez.
Rainbow Futurity Trials Day 1 Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trial Day Trainer Jockey Wind Time
A Revenant/5 D1 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen 5t 19.812
Soar Like an Eagle/5 D1 Juan Gonzalez Jose Enrique Ortiz 5t 19.957
Muddy Watters/2 D1 John Stinebaugh Cody Jensen 3t 19.960
Drinkin Class/9 D1 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen 5t 19.973
A Tres/9 D1 Blane Wood` Ricky Ramirez 5t 19.980
Eyema Blue Wagon/4 D1 Albert Franco Sergio Becerra 5t 20.009
Bao Bao/2 D1 Joel Valeriano Raul Herrera 3t 20.020
Dashing Runner/10 D1 Bret Vickery Jose Amador Alvarez 0 20.022
Pyc Disco/3 D1 John Stinebaugh Cody Jensen 5t 20.025
Perrys A Hero/9 D1 Eddie Willis Jimmy Dean Brooks 20.033