Breeders' Futurity features wide open cast
FARMINGTON — The fastest qualifier for Sunday's $104,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity assumes the role of 8-to-1 morning-line outsider when Hard Not To Sing loads into the starting gate for one of the richest races of the season at SunRay Park and Casino.
Owned and trained by Osman Iturralde, the state-bred, 2-year-old daughter of Hard Hitting earned the role of fastest qualifier when she won her trial race here on April 29. That trial race was her career debut, and she won it in impressive fashion, racing 350 yards in a final time of 17.73 seconds.
Narrowly faster than Kg Miracle's winning time in an earlier trial that day, Hard Not To Sing will once again be piloted by Daniel Amaya, who is off to a fast start this current season. They are scheduled to break from post 9 in the 10-horse Futurity, annually one of the most prestigious races of the live racing season.
Kg Miracle will be looking to give trainer Ken Grisham back-to-back wins in this race. Last year, Grisham and his wife Shirley teamed up to bring Rg Miracle into the winner's circle for this race.
Today, Kg Miracle, who qualified for the Futurity when he scored by a neck in a time of 17.76 seconds, will try and duplicate the success from last year.
A 2-year-old gelded son of Hearts Miracle, Kg Miracle was off the board in two prior starts at Sunland Park earlier this spring before putting it all together under jockey Jose Enriquez when breaking his maiden and qualifying for the Futurity.
Listed as the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite for the Futurity, which has a scheduled post time of 4:03 p.m., Kg Miracle will be piloted again by Enriquez and will break from post 2.
Grisham will also be represented by a pair of other runners including Genuine High, listed as second choice on the morning line at odds of 4-to-1. Owned by Edilberto Estrada, the son of Buildemhigh ran second behind the fastest qualifier in his trial heat, missing by a neck but running fast enough to qualify for the Futurity.
Slated to be ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna and breaking from post 6, Genuine High is still looking for his first career win after finishing second and third in his only pair of starts.
Grisham's strong hand in the Futurity, which will go as the 8th race on a program that has a first post time of 1:15 p.m., also includes 12-to-1 longshot A Super Sonic Boom, who was fourth behind the fastest qualifier and has yet to finish in the money in either of his first two starts.
Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Follow him @fox1340am on Twitter.