06/06/2007 12:00AM

Futurity-Derby doubleheader at Ruidoso


Heartswideopen will be favored to gain her first stakes win when the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity heads a Grade 1 doubleheader with the $220,000 Ruidoso Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Heartswideopen gained attention in her career debut when she raced to a one-length win in 15.21 seconds for 300 yards, the quickest time for a juvenile maiden race this year at Sunland Park. She moved forward off that effort with a fastest-qualifying win in her West Texas Futurity trial in 15.12 seconds for 300 yards.

A daughter of two-time champion Dashing Phoebe, Heartswideopen then disappointed with a sixth-place finish as the 4-5 favorite in the West Texas Futurity.

In the first of 16 Ruidoso Futurity trials, Heartswideopen rebounded with a three-length win, and her time of 17.335 for 350 yards held up as the fastest qualifying time throughout the afternoon.

The time of second-fastest qualifier Racing Streak, 17.511 seconds, was the equivalent of more than a length slower than Heartswideopen's time.

Racing Streak has two daylight wins from two starts, highlighted by a 1 1/4-length victory in her Ruidoso Futurity trial.

In the Ruidoso Derby, the fastest qualifier, La Lalique, will meet major stakes winners Saint Shackleton and Remember Me Rose, who have the ninth- and 10th-fastest qualifying times.

La Lalique qualified for her first Grade 1 race when she won her trial by a neck in 19.552 seconds for 400 yards.

Saint Shackleton finished in a dead heat for the win in the 2006 Ruidoso Futurity and could become the first horse to complete the Ruidoso Futurity-Derby double.

Remember Me Rose nearly won champion 2-year-old filly honors after winning the $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship and the Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship, and finishing second as the odds-on favorite in the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity.