Press ReleaseMay 5, 2014
A youngster heads onto the track during the first day of Ruidoso schooling races. PHOTO: Ty Wyant
Three mornings of schooling races over 300 yards got underway at Ruidoso Downs on Monday morning with Poison Ivory Effort topping the runners.
Taped videos of each schooling race are available at www.raceruidoso.com.
Poison Ivory Effort (Ivory James-Effortless Jessie by Mr Jess Perry) is bred and owned by Reed Land & Cattle Co. LLC. The gelding went 300 yards in :15.564 in the second of 12 schooling races.
The remaining horses with the top-10 times from Monday were Stel The Won (:15.741), Winslet (:15.748), Zuccardi (:15.749), Moonstruck Love (:15.805), Flashy First Cartel (:15.845), Eagle On The Fly (:15.857), First Prize King (:15.858), Roger More (:15.882) and Jess Too Hot (:15.883).
The schooling races continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The majority of these horses are eligible for the major open Grade 1 futurities – the $700,000 Ruidoso, $900,000 Rainbow and $2.6 million All American futurities – and the prime New Mexico-bred futurities, including the $350,000-est. Mountain Top Futurity and the $400,000 Zia Futurity. Last year, champion Handsome Jack Flash won the Zia Futurity (RG1) against New Mexico-breds and then the All American Futurity.
The summer racing season begins on May 22 with the first of two days of trials to the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity. The schooling races are well timed as a final serious preparation for the Ruidoso Futurity participants, especially the non-starters.
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