FARMINGTON— Sherree Meridyth's Jazzsnspots was the fastest qualifier for today's $105,000, Grade 3, Four Corners Futurity through the five trial races held at SunRay Park and Casino on June 6.
The Texas-bred daughter of Double Feature Jess, with an impressive final time of 17.42 seconds, had her billed as the one to beat in today's featured event, which is set for a first post time of 1:30 p.m.
That Jazzsnspots is listed as the second-longest shot on the track's official morning line at 10-to-1 odds, showing how deeply competitive today's version of one of the track's richest races during the live racing season.
Trained by Guadalupe Munoz and slated to be ridden by Efrain Vigi, Jazzsnspots broke her maiden when winning her trial heat, the third on the day, by a neck over Chicks Deville and Smoke On The Water, both of which come back to the Futurity with slightly better morning line odds than the race's fastest qualifier.
Morning-line favoritism, and perhaps post-time favoritism, may fall onto Clear Winn, the second-fastest qualifier for the Futurity and unbeaten in two starts over the local layout.
Trained by Mario Montoya for Tomas Avitia, Clear Winn is a Texas-bred son of Jess Zoomin, looking to make it a perfect 3-for-3 this season at SunRay Park. He broke his maiden here on May 2 before his trial win, achieved in 17.46 seconds, and appears to be deserving of his 3-to-1 morning-line price.
Clear Winn will break from post 4 in the Four Corners under jockey Luis Gutierrez Jr.
Mt Spit Shine could very well be the horse to beat. The Oklahoma-bred son of Spit Curl Jess had the most adventurous trip to winning his qualifying trial.
Breaking from the outside post in the nine-horse field under Raul Gutierrez, Mt Spit Shine veered directly toward the outside fence before drifting back to the center of the course and earning a fast clocking of 17.58 seconds. It can be assumed if he'd traveled in a straight line that day, his final time could have been faster.
A field of 10 will line up for the Futurity, which has a scheduled post time of 4:18 p.m. It is one of two stakes races on the card, which also features the $45,000 Tommy "Duke" Smith Stakes for New Mexico-bred, 3-year-old, quarter-horse fillies. That race, which goes as the fourth race on the card, is scheduled for a post time of 2:42 p.m.
Trainer Wes Giles will send out Penny Snatchin, the 5-to-2 morning-line favorite with jockey Martin Bourdieu aboard in the 400-yard Smith.
Penny Snatchin finished third in the Sunburst Stakes at Sunland Park on April 12, her most recent outing.
Penny Snatchin may find stiff competition from Mess Can, who ran a much better-than-looked fourth in her stakes debut in the Four Corners Senora Stakes.
Trained by Oscar Carrete and slated to be ridden by Alonso Rivera, Mess Can is the second choice on the morning line at odds of 3-to-1, and could be the one to beat.
Today's card is the second-to-last day of live racing for the 2014 season at SunRay. The featured race on Sunday's closing-day program is the $75,000 San Juan County Commissioner's Handicap, annually the track's richest thoroughbred race.