Jesastar Tops Rainbow Futurity Qualifiers

Ruidoso Futurity third-place finisher tops Rainbow qualifiers.

July 4, 2012

It was good to be early to the party that was the 23 trials to the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) on Tuesday, July 3, at Ruidoso Downs with nine of the 10 qualifiers racing in the first six 400-yard trials.

The horses with the top-10 times from the trials qualified to race in the Rainbow Futurity on July 22.

Juan Medina’s Jesastar won the third trial in :19.741 to lead the qualifiers, and Dosi and Norma Alvarez’s homebred Vancouver Moon also impressed as the second-fastest qualifier when she won the sixth trial in :19.817.

After the sixth trial a headwind developed and several of the trials were run in showery conditions, slowing times. Then the wind laid down later in the day and Feature Hero was able to make the top-10 cut with his victory in the 19th trial.

Jesastar won his trial by a dominating 2 lengths with Roy Baldillez aboard for trainer Raymond Vargas. The son of Mr Jess Perry has become one of the most consistent Grade 1 futurity horses at Ruidoso Downs coming into the Rainbow Futurity finals. He broke his maiden in his Ruidoso Futurity trial and then was third, beaten by a neck, in the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The $48,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase was second in each of his two starts at Remington Park this spring before moving to Ruidoso Downs.

Vancouver Moon, a half-sister to champion First Moonflash ($969,828) and stakes winners Dash Ta Moon ($351,680) and Full Moon Dasher ($122,086), is two-for-two and has impressed in each of her two outs. One of three FDD Dynasty offspring in the Rainbow Futurity, she won her maiden by an impressive 2 lengths on June 11 at Ruidoso Downs. In the Rainbow Futurity trials the Juan Gonzalez-trainee responded with a 2 3/4-length demolition of her rivals with a :19.817 time under jockey Jaime Parga Leos.

Trainer Mike Joiner placed two horses in the Rainbow Futurity – third-fastest qualifier Carters Cookie and ninth-fastest qualifier Distant Fury. Double Eagle Ranch’s Carters Cookie, a gelding from the first crop of Carters Carter, won the fourth trial by 2 lengths in :19.892 while making his career debut. G.R. Carter Jr. was up on the $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase.

Billy G. Smith and Dick Grebe’s Distant Fury, a daughter of FDD Dynasty, was second in the first trial with a :20.024 time while making her second start.

The Robert Gentry Family Partnership’s Scatmandu won the trial by one-half length with the fifth-fastest time of :19.939. The Scat Daddy (TB) colt won his only other start by 1 3/4 lengths for trainer Juan Aleman.

Kathleen O. Matey's homebred Pyro could be dangerous in the Rainbow Futurity after winning the second trial by a length with the fourth-fastest time of :19.916. The John Stinebaugh-trained gelding won the Ruidoso Juvenile (R) by a neck in his previous start.

2011 Rainbow Futurity Unofficial Qualifiers

Horse/Trial #            Trainer            Jockey            Wind        Time
Jesastar/3            Raymond Vargas    Roy Baldillez        15t        19.741    
Vancouver Moon/6        Juan Gonzales        Jaime Leos        0        19.817
Carters Cookie/4        Mike Joiner        GR Carter        15t        19.892
Pyro/2                John Stinebaugh    Sal Martinez        6t        19.916
Scatmandu/1            Juan Aleman        Cody Jensen        0        19.939
Eyegotitgoinon/5        Blane Wood        Ricky Ramirez        0        19.987
Blaze Carver/5            Ralph Muniz        Larry Payne        0        19.987
Feature Hero/19        Eddie Willis        Jimmy Brooks        5h        19.991
Distant Fury/1            Mike Joiner        Sal Martinez        0        20.024
Nellie Delaney/3        Juan Aleman        Cody Jensen        15t        20.026