Kirk and Judy Robison’s homebred African Heat is a hot horse for the future with a frontrunning win in the $135,378 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity for New Mexico-bred fillies on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
A daughter of Southwestern Heat, African Heat raced the five-and-one-half furlongs in 1:03.43.
African Heat, with Alfred Juarez Jr. aboard, opened up a clear advantage on the backstretch and maintained that lead rounding the turn. Roll On Maltida made a bid to catch African Heat, however never became a danger.
African Heat won by two lengths over Roll On Matilda. Let It Roll was more than seven lengths back in third.
It was just the second career start for African Heat, who went off at 3-1 odds. The Henry Dominguez-trained filly made her debut in the Senorita trials and came up with a four-and-one-half length win.
Trainer Todd Fincher saddled the second- and third-place finishers, each daughters of Roll Hennessy Roll.
Raymond Gilder’s Roll On Matilda won her debut and then was disqualified from second to third in her Senorita Futurity trial. Roimes Chirinos was the rider.
R.D. Hubbard and Shaun Hubbard’s Let It Roll is a maiden, however she was second in her Senorita trial. Miguel Fuentes Jr. has the mount.