RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (May 6, 2014) – Bobby Simmon’s Hit With Force fought through a headwind to record the quickest time from a dozen 300-yard schooling races at Ruidoso Downs on Tuesday morning.
The final day of schooling races is Wednesday with the first dash slated to run at 8:30 a.m.
A gelding by Hard Hitting and Forced To Win by Major Rime, Hit With Force was timed in :15.674 for trainer Jackie Riddle.
The New Mexico-bred Hit With Force had experience on his side while the overwhelming majority of schooling race competitors are non-starters. He had a troubled sixth-place finish against state-breds in a Sunland Park maiden race on March 14.
The youngster is eligible to enter the Mountain Top Futurity trials on May 30. The 10-fastest runners from those trials are eligible to return in the $350,000 (est.) Mountain Top Futurity on June 14.
Hit With Force was a $2,700 purchase at the Ruidoso New Mexico-bred Sale last summer and could prove to be a bargain this summer at Ruidoso Downs.
During a morning filled with 15-20 mph headwinds, the horses with the next nine quickest times were Abundanz (:15.843), Time To Runaway (:15.868), Myoceanmemory (:15.900), IC Southern Dash Guy (:15.946), Jm Onfire (:15.958), Apolliticalsignature (:16.006), Tac It On Tigger (:16.010), Glock (:16.017) and Torque (:16.022).
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