07/26/2013 4:23PM

Ruidoso Downs card offers $1.2 million in purses


That’s the Idea will attempt to build on a 15-length debut win Sunday when she meets the undefeated Lady Genius in the $193,730 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The race is one of 11 stakes for New Mexico-breds on a card worth more than $1.2 million. The program features seven races for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses.

That’s the Idea launched her career in a trial for the Senorita on July 13 at Ruidoso and obliterated the competition. She was up by 1 1/2 lengths through an opening quarter in 21.80 seconds and increased her margin from there to cover 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.40.

“She ran awfully awesome,” said Henry Dominguez, who trains That’s the Idea for her breeders, Kirk and Judy Robison. “She showed us some talent in the morning, but not like she displayed that afternoon.

“She did everything perfect, like a seasoned horse. She was in the gate a while – she drew the one hole. She was in there the whole time [as the field loaded] and behaved well. Towards the end of the race, instead of easing up, she was running harder. She really impressed us.”

That’s the Idea earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 71 for the effort, which is the best career number in the Senorita. She is a daughter of Diabolical, a Grade 2-winning sprinter by Artax, while her second dam, Buy the Firm, won the Grade 1 Top Flight at 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct in 1991.

For the Senorita, That’s the Idea will break from post 10. She is to be ridden by Enrique Gomez.

“She’ll probably go to the front,” Dominguez said. “I don’t think we’re going to try to change her style any.”

Lady Genius has compiled a 4-for-4 record, her latest win a more than six-length romp in her Senorita trial July 13. She will be looking for her third career stakes score Sunday. Carlos Madeira has the mount for trainer Dallas Barton.

The Senorita also drew four starters from the barn of trainer Todd Fincher. Fincher has the possible favorite in the race’s counterpart, the $191,150 Rio Grande Senor, in stakes winner Roll Out the Band.

In other Thoroughbred races on the card, That’s Who will be seeking to nail down his fifth straight win when he starts in the $50,000 Land of Enchantment at 7 1/2 furlongs.

The chief offerings for Quarter Horses include the $409,442 Zia Futurity in which Threedeewoodee will attempt to win his first stakes after a pair of close calls. He was second by a half-length in the Grade  2 New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park in April, then missed by a nose when playing runner-up in the $357,000 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso in June.

Also, hook-racing specialist Rollickin Red, a winner of nine of his last 10 starts, opens the program in the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship.