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De Loach Takes Top Time In Zia Futurity Trials at Ruidoso

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 11, 2014) – Terry and Irene Stennett’s De Loach made a big late charge to win the fourth of 10 trials and set the fastest-qualifying time to the Zia Futurity for quarter horses on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            The $392,253 purse for the 400-yard Zia Futurity is the largest purse offered during the Zia Festival on July 26-27. The Zia Festival has grown into one of the most popular weekends of the Ruidoso summer season. The racing celebrates New Mexico-bred competition and the grandstand is filled with vendors offering Southwestern themed wares.

            De Loach raced to the second win of his four-race career when he drew out to the one-half-length win with the afternoon’s top time of :19.471 for 400 yards. He also won his Mountain Top Futurity trial and qualified for that futurity for trainer Blane Wood.

            Raymond Gilder’s well-bred filly Tuscan Redd, trained by Jackie Riddle, won her maiden in the first trial with the second-fastest time of :19.510. The daughter of leading sire Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White led two other qualifiers from that trial into the futurity.

            Following her under the wire were Hard To Be Blue with a :19.588 time and Jess Charm with a :19.613 mark.

            Girlonthego and Chamiso James, a $15,000 supplemental nominee, ran one-two in the 10th trial with the third- and fourth-fastest qualifying marks. Girlonthego was timed in :19.547 while Chamiso James was given a :19.559.


Zia QH Futurity Qualifiers

Horse/Trial #              Trainer                       Jockey                        Wind               Time

De Loach/4                           Blane Wood                         Ricky Ramirez                     6t                            19.471

Tuscan Redd/1                    Jackie Riddle                        Joe Badilla Jr.                       2t                            19.510

Girlonthego/10                     Juan Gonzalez                     Jaime Parga Leos                                8t                            19.547

Chamiso James/10             Umberto Belloc                    Alonso Rivera                      8t                            19.559

Jess Bordeaux/2                  Emillio Cadena                    Manuel Gutierrez                 6t                            19.563

Memoryflash/4                    Wesley Giles                         Larry Gamez                        6t                            19.584

Hard to Be Blue/1               Umberto Belloc                    Alonso Rivera                      2t                            19.588

Jess Charm/1                        Mike Joiner                           GR Carter Jr                          2t                            19.613

Seeyalateralligator/8           Wesley Giles                         Larry Gamez                        11t                          19.676

Kiki Kiki/7                             Gene Burden                        Sergio Becerra                      12t                          19.681