De Loach flies to a win – and the fastest time of the day – during trials to the Zia Futurity, July 11, at Ruidoso Downs. Behind De Loach is Memoryflash, the sixth-fastest qualifier on the day. (Photo by Todd Fuqua)
RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. – Graduates of the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale claimed eight of the 10 spots in this year’s Zia Futurity during trials July 11.
Terry and Irene Stennett’s De Loach made a big late charge to win the fourth of 10 trials and set the fastest-qualifying time.
The $392,253 purse for the 400-yard Zia Futurity is the largest purse offered during the Zia Festival on July 26-27. The Zia Festival has grown into one of the most popular weekends of the Ruidoso summer season. The racing celebrates New Mexico-bred competition and the grandstand is filled with vendors offering Southwestern themed wares.
Tuscan Redd, top, bests the field in the first trial to the Zia Futurity, July 11, at Ruidoso Downs. Fellow Ruidoso Sale grads Hard To Be Blue (center) and Jess Charm. (Photo by Todd Fuqua)
De Loach raced to the second win of his four-race career when he drew out to the one-half-length win with the afternoon’s top time of 19.471 seconds for 400 yards. He also won his Mountain Top Futurity trial and qualified for that futurity for trainer Blane Wood.
Also coming out of the fourth trial to qualify was Sale grad Memoryflash, finishing second with a time of 19.584 seconds.
Girlonthego and jockey Jaime Parga Leos. (Photo by Todd Fuqua)
Raymond Gilder’s well-bred filly Tuscan Redd, trained by Jackie Riddle, won her maiden in the first trial with the second-fastest time of 19.510. The daughter of leading sire Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White led two other qualifiers from that trial into the futurity.
Following her under the wire were fellow Ruidoso Sale grads Hard To Be Blue with a 19.588 time and Jess Charm with a 19.613 mark.
Girlonthego earned the third-fastest qualifying mark in winning the final trial of the day, timed in 19.547 seconds
Zia QH Futurity Qualifiers (*Ruidoso Select Sale Graduates)
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
*De Loach/4 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 6t 19.471
*Tuscan Redd/1 Jackie Riddle Joe Badilla Jr. 2t 19.510
*Girlonthego/10 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Parga Leos 8t 19.547
Chamiso James/10 Umberto Belloc Alonso Rivera 8t 19.559
*Jess Bordeaux/2 Emillio Cadena Manuel Gutierrez 6t 19.563
*Memoryflash/4 Wesley Giles Larry Gamez 6t 19.584
*Hard to Be Blue/1 Umberto Belloc Alonso Rivera 2t 19.588
*Jess Charm/1 Mike Joiner GR Carter Jr 2t 19.613
Seeyalateralligator/8 Wesley Giles Larry Gamez 11t 19.676
*Kiki Kiki/7 Gene Burden Sergio Becerra 12t 19.681