Rusty Allred Race Horses’ Fernweh along with Mark and Annette McCloy’s Mister Riptide, each from the Trey Wood stable, won their training races at Ruidoso Downs on Monday and established the top-two times from the 12 300-yard training races.
The summer season at Ruidoso Downs opens on Friday with the trials to the $116,840 Maiden Stakes. The majority of the two-year-olds competing in the training races will make their first starts in the trials to the Grade 1, $1 million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity on May 24.
Fernweh, racing in the seventh training race, raced to the lead from the second post position and pulled out to a daylight win over Scott Bryants’s Fdd Texas Tea. Fernweh, under Ricky Ramirez, was timed in :15.828 while Fdd Texas Tea was clocked in :15.976.
Fdd Texas Tea, a daughter of Fdd Dynasty, had the eighth-fastest mark in the training races.
Fernweh, a daughter of Favorite Cartel, is eligible to the Ruidoso Futurity; Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Rainbow Futurity, and the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity.
Mister Riptide also turned in a professional performance in his training race. The $22,000 Ruidoso New Mexico-bred Yearling Sale purchase raced to an excellent start from the outside post position in the six-horse field. He steadily increased his advantage to get the easy win in :15.898 under a hand ride from Tanner Thedford.
The Woodbridge-sired gelding is eligible for the trials to the $350,000 (est.) Mountain Top Futurity, the $400,000 (est.) Zia Futurity and the All American Futurity.
“Both of them had shown talent,” Wood said. “We’re proud of them. They had only been away from the gate a couple of times.”
The three days of training races continue on Tuesday with 11 training races beginning at 10 a.m.
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