Ruidoso Futurity Wide Open
One Quick Eagle, Strategic Weapon Headline Wide-Open Race.
June 7, 2013
The record $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs is up for grabs with six of the 10 finalists making their career debuts in the 25 trials, but already there is a budding rivalry between the top-two qualifiers, Crowson Racing’s One Quick Eagle and Johnny Trotter’s homebred Strategic Weapon.
The rivalry started when it really didn’t count in the Ruidoso Downs schooling races on May 7. They drew into the same schooling race and Strategic Weapon (First Down Dash-One Famous Lady by Chicks Beduino) won with a :15.49 time for 300 yards, the fastest time from the three days of training races. However, One Quick Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Quick Moon Sign by Royal Quick Dash) was right there with him when he finished with a :15.50 time.
Then they drew into the same Ruidoso Futurity trial from the 25 trials contested on May 24.
One Quick Eagle raced to the one-half-length win over Strategic Weapon. One Quick Eagle was timed in :17.255 for the 350 yards for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores and Strategic Weapon came through with a :17.327 time for the hot Blane Wood barn, which won eight of the 25 trials.
There is a strong breeding connection between the two horses. One Quick Eagle is by champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle while Strategic Weapon is a half brother to One Famous Eagle.
The Ruidoso Derby could provide a unique double. Fastest-qualifier and track-record holder Charvet has the same owner, trainer, sire, breeder and jockey as One Quick Eagle.
KH Logax Inc.’s homebred You N How Many More (Chick Regard-Miss Quick Houston by Mr Houston) won his trial in his first start with the third-fastest time of :17.347. The Juan Gonzalez-trained gelding impressively drew away from his rivals at 12-1 odds to win by 1 3/4 lengths.
Other finalists making their first starts in the trials were sixth-fastest qualifier El Senor Lucero and seventh-fastest qualifier Cartel Quick. Sufired was second in his trial with the ninth-fastest qualifying time.
The most experienced horse in the Ruidoso Futurity is Robert Gerhardt’s Three Wild Dreams (Tres Seis-Three Dee Dreams by Heza Fast Man), the fifth-fastest qualifier with a :17.408 time. He won his maiden in his fourth start when he won his trial by three-quarters of a length. The gelding is the only finalist with stakes experience, finishing fourth in the West Texas Futurity (G1) in his previous start.
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