07/02/2014 12:58PM

Quic Carter goes for third straight win in Firecracker Futurity


Quic Carter has been unbeatable since shaking Kiss My Hocks, and on Friday night at Delta Downs, he will attempt to win his third consecutive race in the Grade 2, $278,125 Firecracker Futurity for Quarter Horses. The race is the meet’s richest open-company offering for 2-year-olds, and it goes with a field of 10, including the undefeated Gagastoasttobliss and the Grade 2-placed Glimpse of Dash.

Quic Carter could go favored due to multiple company lines that include Kiss My Hocks, the nation’s top-ranked 2-year-old Quarter Horse who was to run Thursday at Ruidoso Downs in trials for the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity.

Quic Carter hooked Kiss My Hocks twice this winter at Sam Houston. The first time, he finished second by a neck to that undefeated rival when Kiss My Hocks set a track record for 330 yards March 29. Quic Carter then was third in the Grade 2, $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity in April, beaten a half-length by Kiss My Hocks.

More recently, the Juan Saucedo-trained Quic Carter won a maiden race May 17 at Delta, then set the fastest qualifying time for the Firecracker when he won his 350-yard trial in 17.39 seconds June 13. Eleazar Hernandez has the mount for Marina Nino.

Glimpse of Dash was second in the Sam Houston Futurity, while Gagastoasttobliss will be making her stakes debut after winning all three of her starts at Sam Houston and Delta.

All American winner returns

Ruidoso Downs will put on its second straight card of trials Friday when the New Mexico track runs 12 heats for the Rainbow Futurity. The first round of trials was Thursday. The five fastest finishers from each card will advance to the finale July 20.

Trials also will be the theme of Saturday’s program at Ruidoso, with nine trials to be run for the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Derby on July 19. The group of 86 horses vying for 10 spots in the finale includes the champion Handsome Jack Flash, who will be making his first start since winning last year’s Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso. He was trained last year by Juan Gonzalez and on Saturday will be making his first start for trainer Sleepy Gilbreath.

Handsome Jack Flash will go in the 10th race, while the champion Kates Dynasty, the winner of last year’s Grade 1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park, goes in the eighth race Saturday. Others in the Rainbow Derby trials include Rock You, the winner of last month’s Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby. He will be seeking his sixth straight win when he starts in the 11th race Saturday.

Jess Curl My Prize to California

Jess Curl My Prize, unbeaten after five starts, is bound for California later this year.

The 2-year-old filly won the $150,126 Bitterroot Futurity at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, on June 27, the richest running of the 350-yard race and the top futurity in the Pacific Northwest. In May, Jess Curl My Prize won the Knight Transportation Futurity at Les Bois.

Trainer Monty Arrossa said he plans to bring Jess Curl My Prize to Los Alamitos for the $100,000-projected Wild West Futurity, which has time trials Oct. 5 and a final Oct. 26. The race is restricted to horses from Pacific Northwest states.

Owned by Denny and Sandy Weigt, Jess Curl My Prize was purchased for $20,500 at the 2013 Heritage Place yearling sale in Oklahoma City. She has earned $83,167 in her brief career.

Arrossa, 41, had a stable at Los Alamitos last fall, finishing second and third in the Wild West Futurity and winning the minor Kip Didericksen Stakes with Go For Sixes.

– Additional reporting by Steve Andersen