04/24/2007 11:00PM

New Mexico kicks off futurity season


Fastest-qualifier First a Medley meets possible favorite Miracle Streakin when the Grade 1, $320,313 New Mexican Spring Futurity starts the lucrative futurity season for New Mexico-breds on Sunday at Sunland Park.

The 10 trials to the New Mexican Spring Futurity were run with a howling tail wind, and that propelled the

10 qualifiers to some spectacular times, especially for developing juveniles.

First a Medley and Miracle Streakin each were timed in under 15 seconds for 300 yards and approached the track record of 14.888 seconds.

First a Medley scored her first win when she topped the qualifiers with a

14.944-second clocking while winning by 1o3/4 lengths. In her only start before the trial she was a lackluster sixth in a Sunland Park maiden race.

Miracle Streakin has looked promising in both of her starts. She started her career in a 300-yard Sunland Park maiden race and made a late rush to lose by a nose to Eighty Sixed. She faced Eighty Sixed again in their Spring Futurity trial, and this time Miracle Streakin dominated the race, pulling away to a 1 3/4-length victory in 14.959 seconds.

Trainer Blane Wood's entrants ran second and third in last Sunday's

Grade 1 West Texas Futurity, and he has three Spring Futurity hopefuls. Tops among them is Zanmir, the winning favorite in each of her two starts. Wood also has trial runner-up A First Caller, a brother to 2006 All American Futurity fourth-place finisher Mightys First Call.

Fales saddling two in Desert Classic

Trainer Matt Fales has two of the three fastest qualifiers in a wide-open Grade 3 Desert Classic Futurity on Friday at Turf Paradise.

The 300-yard futurity is restricted to offspring of participating stallions or horses in the 2006 Arizona Quarter Racing Association fall sale.

Fales's two entrants are fastest

qualifier Red Hawk Chick and third-fastest qualifier Party Crashin. Both were making their first start in the futurity trials. Red Hawk Chick bobbled at the start of her trial, but quickly recovered and drew out to a 1 3/4-length win. She was timed in 15.977 seconds for 300 yards, the fastest time of the six trials.

Orlando Martinez was aboard Red Hawk Chick for the trial win, but Cody Jensen comes from Los Alamitos to ride in the Desert Classic. Martinez also qualified Party Crashin for Fales and retains that mount in the futurity.

Party Crashin was the 13-10 favorite in her trial and came through with an expanding 1 1/2-half length win in 16.032 seconds.

Sandwiched between the two Fales runners on the qualifying list is second-fastest qualifier Feeling So Sweet, who also won her first start in her futurity trial, in a time of a 16.006 seconds.