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Zuccardi Tops Qualifiers Friday To Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (May 30, 2014) – Crowson Racing’s Zuccardi, a $15,000 supplement to enter the trials, showed that could be a worthwhile investment by setting the fastest-qualifying time to the $340,654 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Friday afternoon.

            The 10 Mountain Top Futurity trials were for New Mexico-breds and the horses with the 10-fastest times advanced to the 350-yard finals on June 14.

            Zuccardi stunned the sixth trial at 6-1 odds when he drew out to a two-and-three-quarter-length win with a :17.258 time for the 350 yards.

            It was his first win after finishing a very troubled eighth in his only other start, back in March at Sunland Park.

            “He reared up in the gate,” trainer Anna Marie Crowson said of that effort. “Then we ran him in a schooling race here and he won by a length. That’s when we decided to supplement him to these trials.”

            Zuccardi, a son of Jesse James Jr, was a $38,000 purchase at last summer’s New Mexico-Bred Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Sale. He is out of top producer Champagne Lane. She is the dam of champion Alice K White and former 440-yard world-record holder Kendall Jackson.

            “We really like his conformation and attitude,” said owner Dennis Crowson. “He rests all day and knows when it is time to work. He wastes no energy.”

            Jose Luis Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love won a duel with Quemados Version in the fifth trial to set the second-fastest qualifying time. Moonstruck Love was clocked in:17.383 while Quemados Version received the fourth-fastest time of :17.413.

            The Paul Jones-trained Moonstruck Love finished a close fourth in his only other start. He was beaten by a neck in a Sam Houston Futurity trial at Sam Houston Race Park.


Mountain Top Futurity Qualifiers

Horse/Trial #              Trainer                       Jockey                        Wind               Time

Zuccardi/6                            Anna Marie Crowson         Roman Chapa                     4t                            17.258

Moonstruck Love/5            Paul Jones                             Esgar Ramirez                      9t                            17.383

Fire the Queen/4                  Mario Sanchez                     Roberto Valero                    9t                            17.388

Quemados Version/5          Armando Orozco                 Jaime Leos                            9t                            17.413

Mendoza/7                           Alonso Hernandez              Felipe Garcia-Luna             7t                            17.456

Dungarees Version/8           Emillio Cadena                    Esgar Ramirez                      5t                            17.462

Jm Blu Moonflash/10        Jose Luis Muela                   Alonso Rivera                      0                              17.523

Kiki Kiki/9                             Gene Burden                        Sergio Becerra                      5t                            17.559

Wise Option/9                      Jose Luis Muela                   Alonso Rivera                      5t                            17.574

Astica/9                                 Matthew Fales                     Tanner Thedford                 5t                            17.577