LMG Racing Inc.’s Mojo Perry stepped up in the seventh of 15 trials to set the fastest-qualifying time from the first of two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Friday afternoon.
It was opening day for the Ruidoso Downs’ season that runs through Labor Day and the running of the Grade 1, $3 Million All American Futurity, which offers the world’s largest purse for a two-year-old race.
The two-year-olds with the five-fastest times from Friday’s trials join the horses with the five-fastest times from Saturday’s trials in the 350-yard finals on June 12. First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m.
Mojo Perry got the best start of her career in her trial and sprinted to the lead under Bonifacio Perez. After slightly drifting in midway through the race, she extended her lead to win by three quarters of a length. The time of :17.702 moved the daughter of Mr Jess Perry to the top of the qualifiers’ list.
Mojo Perry made two starts at Sunland Park for trainer Chris Zamora. She won her West Texas Futurity trial and then didn’t break in the West Texas Futurity, finishing ninth.
“She is learning and improving.” said Zamora. “I’m proud of her and she’s looking to go down the track (a longer distance).”
A $30,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Mojo Perry has turned into a profit. “We just loved the breeding. I really like Mr Jess Perry (her sire) and she is out of a First Down Dash mare.” First Down Dash is the all-time leading sire in quarter horse racing.
Second-fastest qualifier A Revenant is also sired by Mr Jess Perry and went through the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. He was purchased for $152,000 by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway.
A Revenant impressed while making his career debut in the ninth trial. The Cody Jensen-ridden colt ran a flawless race. He broke with the leaders and then showed he can finish the deal with a late surge to win by one length. He was timed in :17.748 over qualifier Cash And Corona, who was purchased for $100,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale by Terry and Irene Wood.
The Mike Joiner-trained A Revenant ran in a Ruidoso Downs’ training race and showed promise even though he finished second in his training race.
“This horse worked very well at home and then in the training race it was the first time he had a horse in front of him and he was green (racing unevenly),” said Joiner. “I think he’ll just get better and better.”
The remaining two qualifiers are Nueve Racing’s Apolltical Chad and the May’s family’s homebred Wild Mares Milk. John and Sue May will be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame on June 24. The Mays family’s stable name is J & SM, Inc.
2016 Ruidoso Futurity Trials Day 1 Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trial Day Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Mojo Perry/7 Day 1 Chris Zamora Bonifacio Perez 5h 17.702
A Revenant/9 Day 1 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen 13h 17.748
Apolltical Chad/5 Day 1 Wesley Giles Adrian Ramos 13h 17.770
Cash And Corona/7 Day 1 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 5h 17.800
Wild Mares Milk/14 Day 1 Fred Danley Sergio Becerra 3h 17.828
Eligible for Ruidoso Juvenile
High Plains Perry/8 Day 1 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 10h 17.831
Magical Jess/8 Day 1 Mario Loza Esgar Ramirez 10h 17.903
Revengerr/7 Day 1 Toby Keeton Francisco R. Ramirez 5h 17.912
Apollitical Scout/9 Day 1 Clinton Crawford Ivan Carnero 13h 17.912
Famous Runaway/14 Day 1 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S. Vallejo 3h 17.937