RUIDOSO DOWNS — Mauro Eli Zaborowsky’s homebred Yashira Vista splashed over a sloppy racing surface to score the win over fillies and mares in the $26,928 ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The win earned Yashira Vista an invitation to the Grade 1, $100,000 ARC Distaff Challenge Championship on October 26. Cody Noel, assistant to trainer Mike Robbins, said that the invitation would be accepted.
Slash Z Land and Cattle’s Ym Valentine was three quarters of a length behind for second. It was one-half length further back to third-place runner Trace Dynasty, owned and bred by Kathleen O. Matey.
Jimmy Dean Brooks was aboard Yashira Vista for the win in 19.619 seconds for the 400 yards.
Yashira Vista won a conditioned allowance race at Remington Park last spring and the One Famous Eagle daughter then came to Ruidoso Downs. She finished third in the $25,000 Dash For Speed Stakes and was second in an allowance race in her two starts before the ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge.
“She ran great,” Noel said. “She’s been in good form since spring and we’ve been looking for an opportunity like this. The plan has worked.”
Runner-up Ym Valentine was a close second in an optional-claiming race in her previous start. She is trained by Toby Keeton and ridden by J.R. Ramirez.
Trace Dynasty was making her first Ruidoso Downs start of the year after finishing fourth in the Grade 2, $100,000 Juno’s Request Stakes at Remington Park in her prior start.
Juan Pulido rode Trace Dynasty for trainer Clint Crawford.
Thoroughbred trials were contested to the $143,091 Rio Grande Senor Futurity and the $123,165 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity, each at five-and-one-half furlongs. The Senor Futurity finals will be on September 2 with the Senorita Futurity finals on September 1.
The top-three finishers in each of the three Senor Futurity trials advance to the finals with the final spot in the finals determined by a draw from among the three fourth-place trial runners.
R.D. Hubbard and Paul Blanchard’s Cerveza made a huge run through the stretch to win the first Senor Futurity trial in convincing fashion
“Hopefully, he can do the same in the finals,” trainer Todd Fincher said. “He had a perfect trip. He’s a nice horse.”
Roimes Chirinos rode Cerveza, a gelding by Attila’s Storm, over the five-and-one-half furlongs in 1:05.08 on a track listed as good.
Seven Silver Coins was two lengths back in second while Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity winner Deck Humor, the 7-10 favorite, finished third. He was one-and-one-quarter lengths behind Seven Silver Coins.
The fourth-place finisher was Road to Heat.
Owned by Martin Riley, David Carroll, C.W. Scott and J.D. Howard, Ancient Land took the lead at the top of stretch and then drew out over the sloppy track to win the second trial in hand under Miguel Fuentes Jr.
The Casey Lambert-trained Ancient Land, a gelding by Monterey Jazz, was timed in 1:05.83.
Esteemed was one length back for second while it was another one-half length back to third place finisher Jim Edd Who.
Shame On Powers, runner-up in the Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity, was fourth as the 3-5 favorite.
Patsy Anderson’s Tom T Who, ridden by Miguel Perez, was awarded the win in the third Senor trial after being bumped through the stretch by Forty Fives Storm, who crossed the finish line in first position by a neck.
Forty Fives Storm was moved down to second place.
Go Now Go finished third, more than six lengths behind the top-two finishers.
Iced raced to a fourth-place finish.
The top-five finishers in the each of the two Senorita Futurity trials advance to the Senorita Futurity finals.
Pierre J. and Leslie Amestoy’s homebred Fritzies Flame caught frontrunning Say Hello To Heat in the final jump to win the first Senorita trial.
Fritzie’s Flame, a daughter of Laugh Track, won by a head with a 1:05.63 time on a sloppy racing surface.
Francisco Amparan was aboard for trainer Johnny Nall.
Gold of Roses finished third, one length behind the top-two finishers.
Also reaching the finals were fourth-place finisher Red Or Green and fifth-place runner Nobody Knows Who.
The partnership of owners R.D. Hubbard and Paul Blanchard scored the top-two positions in the second Senorita trial with their late-running pair of Two Stepper and Wages.
Two Stepper gained the win by three quarters of a length with a 1:06.83 time on the sloppy track.
A daughter of Attila’s Storm, Two Stepper is trained by Todd Fincher while Casey Lambert conditions Wages.
Blue Blazes Who had the lead and the top of the stretch, however could not handle the two late runners and settled for third.
Abbie’s Way was fourth and Cindys Chime finished fifth.