Jimmy and Rebecca Powers’ Shame On Powers is set up to try for his second career stakes win after taking the second of three trials to the $157,000 Mountain Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Trainer Todd Fincher won the other two trials and placed five prospects in the finals.
The Mountain Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Futurity field is comprised of the top-three finishers from each of the three trials. The field is then filled through a blind draw of one horse from the three fourth-place trial finishers.
The Mountain Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Futurity will be held on June 22.
The five-furlong Mountain Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Futurity trials were the fifth, seventh and ninth races.
Shame On Powers, a $10,000 supplemental nominee to enter the trials, started well and raced on the outside of Abbie’s Way rounding the turn. The Miguel Perez-ridden Shame On Powers then exerted himself through the stretch to get the win in :59.38.
Trained by Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Lambert, Shame On Powers finished two-and-one-quarter lengths ahead of Abbie’s Way and it was another three lengths back to third-place runner Iced. Attilianno finished fourth.
“He’s great,” Lambert said. “He’s a sound little horse. We train him hard and he takes it.”
Shame On Powers, the 7-10 trial favorite, came into his Mountain Top New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred Futurity trial off a front-running victory in the $60,000 Ken Kendrick Memorial at SunRay Park in his previous out. The gelding by Shame On Charlie has won three consecutive races.
Runner-up Abbie’s Way is from the Fincher barn.
In the fifth race, B4 Farms, LLC’s Deck Humor moved forward after finishing third in his only other start to secure the late-running win for Fincher.
“He broke terrible in his first start,” Fincher said. “He had a lot of gate issues that we worked out. He went perfect today.”
Juan Ochoa was up for the win in :59.05.
Deck Humor, a gelding by Indian Firewater, won the trial by one length over Johnny Trotter and Stan Sigman’s 1-2 favorite Seven Silver Coins, who held the early lead.
Dale Taylor’s homebred Party King was in contention early and finished third for Fincher to award the conditioner with a pair of qualifiers from the trial.
Ford and Sorenson Racing’s FS Positrack finished fourth in his career debut. He was a $10,000 supplemental nominee to enter the trials.
In the ninth race, R.D. Hubbard and Paul Blanchard’s Cerveza prevailed in the stretch to win his career debut for Fincher.
Roimes Chirinos rode the Attila’s Storm-sired Cerveza to the one-and-one-half length win over Road To Heat in :59.74.
The Fincher-trained Stormin Fast finished third and Wiskey Crown was fourth.
On Saturday at Ruidoso Downs, the Grade 1, $957,842 Ruidoso Derby is contested, the Belmont Stakes is simulcast, the Dr Pepper Handicapping Challenge is held and there is the $500 Belmont Stakes Handicapping Drawing. On Sunday, the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity is the headliner.
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