RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (May 27, 2017) — Juan Medina’s classy fastest-qualifier Eagle Jazz and his trainer Judd Kearl stepped up during the second of two days of trials to the Grade 1, $1-million (est.) Ruidoso Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The horses with the five-fastest times from the 13 trials advance to the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity on June 11. They join the horses with the five-fastest times on Friday afternoon to complete the field. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each day gain preference to the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile, also held on June 11.
The 2016 national champion trainer, Kearl also qualified Aeropodium for the finals on Saturday afternoon.
Eagle Jazz came into the Ruidoso Futurity trials with futurity experience and that class showed when he ran in the 13th and final trial, the deepest trial of the day. He was the was the horse to beat within the first 100 yards. He went to the lead and then drew away to an easy two-length win in :17.874 for 350 yards under jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo.
The gelded son of One Dashing Eagle earned his 7-10 favoritism by finishing a head-bobbing second in the $1-million Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity on April 22. He then came to Ruidoso Downs and joined the Kearl barn.
Prior to his runner-up finish in Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity, Eagle Jazz won a maiden race and his Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity trial at the Oklahoma City track.
“He’s a half-brother brother to (2016 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity) Teller Baja and just like her,” said Kearl. “He sleeps 23 hours a day and you wouldn’t know he’s in the barn. He’s also damn sound.”
Bobby Cox’s homebred Aeropodium, a son of One Famous Eagle, came through with third-fastest qualifying time. The colt was second in a Sam Houston Race Park maiden race in his only other start.
“John Buchanan broke him and we just gave him an out in Houston,” said Kearl. “He’s moving forward with each race.”
Terry and Irene Stennett’s U R My Queen gained the day’s second-fastest qualifying time after battling to a neck win over fifth-fastest qualifier Brown Test Seis.
U R My Queen, a $57,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, showed her promise in her training race. The Walk Thru Fire daughter raced to the quickest time on the third day of training races at Ruidoso Downs in early May.
“She just doesn’t do anything wrong and is a professional,” said trainer Trey Wood.
Pete Scarmardo’s homebred This Is A Deal Too raced in the first trial and put a :17.951 mark up for everyone to shoot at. “I’m nervous,” said trainer Jackie Riddle before then time was surpassed and ended up as the afternoon’s third-fastest mark. “I was nervous when I was a groom and had $2,500 claiming horses.”
This Is A Deal Too qualified for the Sam Houston Futurity, but lost all chance after a bumpy start.
“We thought today he would do well, but anything can happen in a horse race,” said Riddle.
A son of Dealagame, This Is A Deal Too is produced by Lady Lilia. She also produced this year’s Sam Houston Futurity winner This Is An Eagle, sired by One Famous Eagle.
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- 2017 Ruidoso Futurity Trials Fastest Qualifiers Combined
Horse/Trial # Trial Day Trainer Jockey Wind Time
High Rate of Moon/7 D1 Mike Joiner Cody Jensaen 19h 17.994
Big Daddys Winner/9 D1 Wesley Giles Adrian Ramos 16h 18.138
Uptown Dynasty/1 D1 Wesley Giles Cipriano U Vidana 8h 18.142
She Eat Fire/13 D1 Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 14h 18.155
Luminatre/10 D1 Ross Amestoy Tanner Thedford 10h 18.190
Eligible for Juvenile
Vf Zeus/13 D1 Eddie Willis Benito J Baca 14th 18.206
Overhauling/9 D1 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen 16h 18.213
Dash For Stone/13 D1 Daniel Luna Jorge Linares 14h 18.232
One Cruzin Corona/13 D1 John Snebaugh Agusn Silva 14h 18.236
My Bucket Is Full/10 D1 Fred Danley Esgar Ramirez 10h 18.248
Eagle Jazz/13 D2 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S Vallejo 8h 17.874
U R My Queen/11 D2 Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 5h 17.922
This Is a Deal Too/1 D2 Jackie Riddle Francisco Calderon 10h 17.951
Aeropodium/8 D2 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S Vallejo 4h 17.962
Brown Tres Seis/11 D2 Juan Gonzalez Adrian Ramos 5h 17.978
Eligible for Juvenile
Kiss My Ivory/10 D2 Wesley Giles Adrian Ramos 10h 17.981
Jm Katyln/6 D2 Jose Ramirez Manuel Guerrez 8h 17.988
Legacy Eagle/6 D2 Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 8h 18.089
Hez Our Prize/6 D2 Clinton Crawford Daniel A Torres 8h 18.105
Eyesa Supersous/12 D2 Bradley Bolen Larry Gamez 13h 18.110