RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. – Trainer Todd Fincher sent out the top two finishers and jockey Ruby Gonzalez, 22, won her second stakes race when Lux made a sweeping move to take the $155,995 Mountain Top Futurity for New Mexico-breds Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Lux finished one-and-one-half lengths over stable mate Diabolical Dame while favored Liberty Lover was third at 13-10 odds. Gonzalez scored her first stakes win in the $55,000 Totah Handicap on June 17 at SunRay Park. She rode You’ve Been Duped, who is trained by Fincher. Lux, the 4-1 second choice, settled into fifth place and made her move on the turn. “I just asked him a little and he came running strong,” said Gonzalez. Owned by Bessie and Steve Prather with E. Dwayne Taylor, Lux was forced to run seven-wide into the stretch and still had enough stamina to get up for the convincing win.
“He’s got a big stride and is not a heavy horse,” said Fincher. “We know that he can sprint and that’s a good thing. We’ll see about two turns.” The gelded son of Quinton’s Gold will now be a prime prospect for the $175,000 Rio Grande Senor Futurity July 27. It is part of the Zia Festival for New Mexico-breds. The two-day Zia Festival offers more than $1 million in purses.