Mountain Top Futurity winner Colby James racing in the trials to the $432,129 Zia Futurity for New Mexico-breds and inductions into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame will held on Friday at Ruidoso Downs.
It is the largest purse in 29 runnings of the Zia Futurity.
The Racehorse Hall of Fame inductions will be held at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments in the Hall of Fame and then dinner and the induction ceremony in the All American Turf Club. Tickets may be obtained by calling (575) 378-7350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $100 each.
This year’s inductees are leading breeder and owner Harriett Peckham, Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, trainer Leo Wood and jockey Johnny Cox.
There will be 11 trials to the Zia Futurity with a 1 p.m. first post time.
The horses with the 10-fastest times from the 400-yard trials advance to the Zia Futurity on July 28. The Zia Futurity has the largest purse during the stakes dominated Zia Festival program.
Rex Wells’ Colby James, a $15,000 Ruidoso New Mexico-bred Sale purchase, has been a force in the two-year-old New Mexico-bred division throughout his four-race career.
A gelding by Jesse James Jr., Colby James started his career by racing to the fastest-qualifying time to the $393,493 New Mexican Spring Futurity for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. He then sustained his only defeat when he was second by a neck in the 300-yard Spring Futurity as the favorite.
Colby James came to Ruidoso Downs and dominated his trial to the Restricted-Grade 3 $404,357 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-breds by one-and-one-quarter lengths over Princess Katelyn.
In the 350-yard Mountain Top Futurity it was a battle between Colby James and Princess Katelyn with Colby James getting the nose decision.
“He’s doing great,” trainer Rudy Valles said. “He’s eating great and doing well sound wise. He’s doing as good as a horse can do.
“I think the further he goes, the more he’ll like it. The 400 yards should be right down his alley.”
Colby James starts from the ninth post position in the fourth trial with Alan Hernandez aboard.
Edilberto Estrada’s Princess Katelyn returns in the Zia Futurity trials after nearly beating Colby James in the Mountain Top Futurity at 17-1 odds. The Big Daddy Cartel daughter put up a valiant effort but came up a nose short in the Mountain Top Futurity.
Princess Katelyn won her maiden at first asking in her New Mexican Spring Futurity trial with a two-and-one-quarter length triumph. She then finished seventh in the New Mexican Spring Futurity.
Trained by Jose Muela, Princess Katelyn qualified for the Mountain Top Futurity with her second-place effort behind Colby James in their trial.
Esgar Ramirez rides Princess Katelyn in the 10th trial with the ninth post position.
Muela will also send out New Mexican Spring Futurity winner Honky Tonk Daddy and New Mexican Spring Futurity third-place finisher Montevina. They are each making their first starts since the New Mexican Spring Futurity on May 5.
US Alliance Logistic’s Honky Tonk Daddy is in the second trial. Ramirez rides from the sixth post position.
Also owned by US Alliance Logistic, Montevia is also ridden by Ramirez. They are in the eighth trial with the eighth post position.
Cavenaugh Quarter Horse, LLC’s Dark Moon comes off a troubled third-place run in the Mountain Top Futurity. The Clint Crawford-trained filly won her first two starts before the Mountain Top Futurity.
Cody Rodger Smith ride’s Dark Moon in the 11th trial from the sixth post position.
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