RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM – June 15, 2013 – The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon showed he could have a very lucrative future with a late-running win in the $356,980 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Heza Wild Dragon was all out to catch Gary Thompson’s Threedeewoodee. The Manuel Gutierrez-ridden gelding bolted to the lead from the inside post position and then drifted out for most of the race. Heza Wild Dragon nailed Threedeewodee at the wire by a nose. It was a neck back to third-place finisher Kaydns Krusader.
A gelding by Genuine Strawfly and Hidden Dragon, Heza Wild Dragon earned $149,953 for racing the 350 yards in :17.326.
Heza Wild Dragon, $15,000 Ruidoso Sale purchase, made his career debut in the Mountain Top trials and impressed with a three-quarter-length win and the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.587 from 10 trials.
Runner-up Threedeewoodee nearly held on to win for trainer Chris Zamora. The Woodbridge-sired gelding was a $39,000 Ruidoso Sale yearling purchase from the MJ Farms consignment.
J and M Racing and Farm’s third-place runner Kaydns Crusader, also trained by Cordova, is still a maiden after three starts with a close third-place run in the New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity and two second-place trial finishes. The Sixes Royal gelding sold in the Ruidoso Yearling Sale for $17,000.