On The Low Down may be an immature two-year-old, but he’s learned how to win stakes races.
Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor’s On The Low Down, the 6-5 favorite, won the $141,382 Mountain Top New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred Futurity on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs after winning the $147,196 Copper Top Futurity at Sunland Park back in April. Those are his only wins from four starts. He was second in his other two starts, the trials to these futurities.
The Tracy Hebert-ridden On The Low Down started from the outside post position in the 10-horse field and made the lead entering the turn of the five-furlong sprint. He expanded his lead to four lengths on the turn and then his antics began in the final furlong. He raced the five furlongs in :58.13.
On The Low Down was well clear of his rivals and then moved in and out in the stretch. The $43,000 Ruidoso yearling sale purchase was so much the best that he was able to increase his advantage to seven-and-three-quarter lengths at the finish.
“He was out in front and green,” said trainer Todd Fincher, who saddled three horses in the Mountain Top Futurity. “He’s still a baby. He just needs to grow up.”
On The Low Down earned $70,691 for the win.
Fincher said that his next start will probably be in in the $175,000 Rio Grande Senor Futurity on September 4 at Ruidoso Downs.
Finishing second was Solitaire Stables and George Coleman’s Blazing Navarone. The Henry Dominguez-trained son of Song Of Navarone was third for most of the race and moved up to second in the stretch, one-and-one-half lengths ahead of J&SM, Inc.’s Storm The Beach.
Blazing Navarone, the second choice in the wagering, won his two previous other starts.
Storm The Beach made a run from off the pace to finish third. He is trained by Fred Danley and ridden by Enrique Portillo Gomez.
A gelding by Attila’s Storm, Storm The Beach was third in the Copper Top Futurity. He won his trial to each of the two futurities.
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