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Adequan Ruidoso Derby Trials on Friday

Graded stakes horses highlight three trials.

June 10, 2012

Sunland Winter Futurity (G3) third-place finisher Mr Taka B and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) qualifier Eye On Corona meet in the second of three trials for the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on Friday afternoon at the New Mexico track.

First post time is 1 p.m. with the 400-yard trials running as the first three races. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs. For further Ruidoso Downs information go to www.raceruidoso.com and follow Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.

Vanessa Bartoo’s Mr Taka B returns to racing after his third-place run in the $194,262 Sunland Winter Futurity on December 30. The Feature Mr Jess son finished just a neck behind winner Top Gun B in the Winter Futurity. He also qualified for the Oklahoma Futurity (G3) and the Hobbs America Futurity (G2) last year.

Trainer John Stinebaugh will have L. Salvador Martinez on Mr Taka B with the fourth post position.

Eye On Corona also makes his return after a layoff. In his latest start – back in December – he was the seventh-place finisher in the $2,152,300 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. He won his maiden in his Two Million trial and also has three second-place finishes from six starts.

Esgar Ramirez rides Eye On Corona with the sixth post position.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return on June 30 for the $27,500-added final with the winner earning a berth in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) on October 27 at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa.