RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 8, 2017) — The two horses that finished in a dead heat for the win in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity — Uptown Dynasty and Eagle Jazz — are set for a rematch in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity after Uptown Dynasty raced to the fastest qualifying time in the Rainbow Futurity trials on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Eagle Jazz and Uptown Dynasty should be the strong favorites in the Rainbow Futurity.
Eagle Jazz scored the fastest-qualify time on Friday afternoon.
The horses with the five-fastest times from each day of trials advance to the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity on July 23. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each day gain priority to the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile.
If either Uptown Dynasty or Eagle Jazz win the Rainbow Futurity and then go on to win the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity, the connections of that horse earn the $4-million All American Triple Crown Bonus and the horse would become the all-time leading money-earning quarter horse at more than $6.2 million.
Juan Medina’s Eagle Jazz romped to a three-and-one-quarter length victory in his Friday afternoon trial, while Uptown Dynasty battled with Painted Wine Wagon in their Saturday trial. They posted the top-two times during the Saturday’s 12 trials. Uptown Dynasty was clocked in :19.711 for the 400 yards while Painted Wine Wagon was a neck behind with a :19.744 time.
Melvin Neugebauer’s Uptown Dynasty is now three-for-three this summer at Ruidoso Downs. His sole setback came in his career debut when he was second in in his Sam Houston Futurity trial.
Trained by Wes Giles, Uptown Dynasty won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by one-and-one-half lengths and had the lead in the Ruidoso Futurity. The Mr Jess Perry-sired gelding gamely raced to the dead heat with the late-running Eagle Jazz.
Cipriano Uscanga Vidana has been aboard Uptown Dynasty in each of his starts.
“It’s been great this summer,” said owner Neugebauer. “I feel pressure, but it’s fun pressure.
“If he hadn’t come out of the Ruidoso Futurity at 100 percent, then we would have passed the Rainbow Futurity.”
Larry Rice’s Painted Wine Wagon is peaking at the right time. The Edie Willis-trained filly won her maiden in his final start at Remington Park and then made her Ruidoso Downs’ debut with the gritty second-place effort behind Uptown Dynasty.
Jimmy Dean Brooks rode Painted Wine Wagon.
Wagon Chick V (:19.826), Hotstepper (:19.843) and Fly Baby Fly (:19.864) completed the five qualifiers from Saturday’s trials.
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2017 Rainbow Futurity Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trial Day Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Eagle Jazz/3 D1 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S. Vallejo 16t 19.606
Lena Cartel/1 D1 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S. Vallejo 11t 19.715
Starfield/8 D1 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S. Vallejo 4t 19.774
Corona for Tres/2 D1 Jose Manuel Barron Tanner Thedford 3t 19.872
Perrys Dynasty/11 D1 Eddie Willis Jimmy Dean Brooks 8t 19.895
Uptown Dynasty/3 D2 Wesley Giles Cipriano U. Vidana 12t 19.711
Painted Wine Wagon/3 D2 Eddie Willis Jimmy Dean Brooks 12t 19.744
Wagon Chick V/11 D2 Clinton Crawford G.R. Carter Jr 7t 19.826
Hotstepper/4 D2 Dwayne Gilbreath Cody Jensen 1t 19.843
Fly Baby Fly/7 D2 Judd Kearl Rodrigo S. Vallejo 6t 19.864