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Near Track Record in Ruidoso Challenge Trials

Grade 2 winner Especially Tres puts up fastest 350-yard time.

July 19, 2013

Jim Pitts’ Especially Tres raced to one of the most impressive performances of the Ruidoso Downs season when she neared the track record in the trials to the $54,720 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge on Friday afternoon.

Especially Tres raced the 350 yards in :17.011 to approach Planet Holland’s track record of :17.006, set when he was a 5-year-old and won the 2006 Higheasterjet Handicap.

The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times from the six trials qualified to return in the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge August 3.

Making her first start since winning the Grade 2, $452,800 Sam Houston Futurity back in April, Especially Tres dominated the third trial when she burst to an early lead and then rolled to a most impressive 3 ¼-length win under regular rider Ricky Ramirez.

The Blane Wood-trained Especially Tres, a daughter of Dashair, won her Sam Houston Futurity trial by 2 ¾ lengths in her first start. She then stepped up and won the futurity by 1 ½ lengths as the favorite.

There are options for Especially Tres. She is eligible to compete in the trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on August 15-16. So, her connections could decide to pass on the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge and point at the All American Futurity trials.

The connections of second-fastest qualifier You N How Many More, owner-breeder KH Logax Inc., may be considering the same options. The gelding has earned more than $140,000 primarily due to his second-place finish in the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity in his previous start.

A gelding by Chicks Regard from the Juan Gonzalez stable, You N How Many More won his maiden at first asking when he won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by 1 ¾ lengths with the third-fastest qualifying time of :17.347 for 350 yards.