Elmer Tops Day One of $1-Million Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity Trials
Elmer (#10) under jockey Federico Martinez, edges away from fellow qualifier B Icy (#9) at Ruidoso Downs Friday. The pair of 2-year-olds set the top two qualifying times for day 1 of the $1-milllion Ruidoso Futurity(G1).

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Elmer Tops Day One of $1-Million Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity Trials

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 22, 2020—Elmer, a homebred racing for owner-breeder Feliz Montana Ranch, LLC, rolled to a three-quarter length win in his career debut Friday to post the fastest qualifying time on day 1 of the Grade 1 $1-million Ruidoso Futurity trials, opening day at Ruidoso Downs.

The five fastest qualifiers, from 14 trials contested on Friday and the five fastest qualifiers 14 trials contested on Saturday, will meet on June 7th to vie for the winner's share, valued at $420,000, of the million-dollar Grade 1 futurity.

Ridden by jockey Federico Martinez, for trainer Jose Meraz, Elmer completed the 350 yard task in :17.799 seconds, an 86 speed index into a 10 mph headwind, to clock the top qualifying mark. He picked up $4,800 of the trial purse valued at $8,000.

A son of world champion sire FDD Dynasty, Elmer is the first foal of the Apollitical Jess mare Treasured Dreams. Feliz Montana Ranch, LLC paid $45,000 Treasured Dreams at the 2013 Los Alamitos Equine Mixed Sale. She won one of eight career starts and was a finalist in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and earned $44,175. She is out of the stakes winning and multiple stakes producing Tres Seis mare Answer The Dream.

Misscandymountain, under jockey Noe Garcia Jr., rolled to a 1-½ length win in the 10th trial on Friday.
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Finishing second was to Elmer was B Icy, who clocked a :17.896 time to get the second fastest qualifying slot on day 1. Juventino Ruiz conditions the son of multiple stake sire Mighty B Valiant. U S Alliance Logistics purchased the brown gelding for $11,000 at the September Heritage Place Yearling Sale from his breeder Homer Hill.

B Icy broke his maiden in his career debut March 13 at Sunland Park but had to go back on the shelf following the COVID-19 outbreak that closed all the New Mexico based tracks for a couple of months. He is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Icy Valentine.

Wootan Racing's Misscandymountain was super impressive when she romped to 1-½ length win in her career debut to secure the third fastest clocking :17.900, an 84 speed index into a 7 mph headwind. Winning the 10th trials, she was the only horse to qualify into the final after the fourth race on Friday.

Tuckk and jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr. posted the fourth fastest time in Friday's opening trial.
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Conditioned by leading trainer Michael Joiner and ridden by Noe Garcia, Jr., the daughter of champion and first-crop sire Jess Good Candy was bred in Oklahoma from the multiple stakes-producing Lil Bit Cuervo mare Eyesa Lil Cuervo.

Tuckk, a $35,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, repurchase for owner-breeder Bobby Simmons broke his maiden in his career debut in the opening trial Friday to get the fourth fastest clocking of :17.934 seconds, an 83 speed index into an 11 mph headwind.

The son of champion sire Tres Seis was the second qualifier for trainer Michael Joiner. Raul Ramirez, Jr. rode the sorrel colt, out of Shez Jess Nice by Mr Jess Perry.

Apollitical Redflash, under jockey Francisco Calderon, rolls to a 2-½ length win to get the fifth qualifying spot on Friday at Ruidoso Downs. © Jake Rogers / Ruidoso Downs
Cavenaugh Quarter Horses, LLC's $100,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate Apollitical Redflash was super impressive in the fourth trial while posting a 2-½ length win to get the final qualifying spot on day 1 of :17.990 seconds. Champion jockey Francisco Calderon had the riding call for trainer Clinton Crawford aboard the California-bred son of leading sire Apollitical Jess.

Rancho El Cabresto Inc. bred the sorrel gelding form the Chicks Beduino Jr mare Chalala. He picked up his first win in three starts this season, entering the trials off a third-place effort in the Heritage Place Futurity trials at Remington park May 8th.

For the list of Friday's five qualifiers, their times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

The second five fastest qualifiers from each day of trials will be preferred invites to the $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational that will also run back on Sunday, June 7th. For a list of those horses CLICK HERE.

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The second of Ruidoso Futurity(G1) trials will get underway at noon (MDT) on Saturday. A complete list of qualifiers will be posted on Saturday evening when they become available.

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