07/06/2011 2:45PM

Ruidoso Downs: Silver For Me one of 219 gunning for one of 10 spots in Rainbow Futurity


To remain eligible for a $4 million bonus, Silver For Me will have to be among the 10 fastest qualifiers to the Rainbow Futurity for Quarter Horses when 22 trials for the race are run Friday at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.

The bonus is tabbed for the horse who can sweep Ruidoso’s three Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds, the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity, and the $2.4 million All American Futurity. Silver For Me is the lone 2-year-old eligible for the All American Triple Crown bonus by virtue of his win in the Ruidoso Futurity on June 12.

On Friday, he is one of 219 horses who will attempt to win a spot in the Rainbow Futurity finale on July 24. There is a marathon card of trials that begins at 10 a.m. Mountain. Each trial will be run over 400 yards, and each has a purse of $3,500.

Silver For Me will run in the 17th race Friday. He was a supplement to the trials, just as he was to the Ruidoso Futurity. He closed fast to win by a neck, for the partnership of G.W. Hartsack and B and B Electric.

Jackie Riddle trains Silver For Me, who will break from post 3 under regular rider Carlos Madeira.

Jls Party Wagon, who runs in the 15th race, is the only other supplement to the trials Friday.

Mighty B Valiant, who suffered his first defeat in four starts May 28 when he was second by a half-length in the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park, returns to action in the eighth trial race. Earlier this year, the horse won the $780,000 Remington Park Futurity for Oklahoma-breds. G.R. Carter has the mount for trainer Raymond Vargas.

Among the trainers who will be busiest Friday are Paul Jones, a national leader who has entered 33 horses in trials for the Rainbow, and Blane Wood, who will send out 20 horses. The Rainbow trials are being held a week before Ruidoso Downs opens its second-annual All American Future Wager on July 15. The bet will be available through July 23. The All American Futurity will be run Sept. 5.

Texas Classic tops Lone Star meet

The Grade 1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity for Quarter Horses will be the richest of 16 stakes races to be run during Lone Star Park’s upcoming meet for Quarter Horses. The 26-date season starts Sept. 16 and runs through Nov. 12.

The Texas Classic Futurity, to be run at 400 yards, will highlight the closing-night card. On the same program, Lone Star will run the Grade 1, $400,000-estimated Texas Classic Derby. It will be run over 440 yards, with trials set for Oct. 21. Trials for the Texas Classic Futurity are scheduled for Oct. 22.

Other top races during the meet include the Dash for Cash series Oct. 8. The Grade 1, $500,000-estimated Dash For Cash Futurity and Grade 2, $175,000 Dash For Cash Derby will share the card. Trials for the races will be run Sept. 23-24.

The Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap, which is for 3-year-olds and up at 440 yards, is the first major stakes of the meet. It will be run Oct. 1 and annually draws a strong field of Quarter Horses.

Lone Star will race on a Thursday through Saturday night basis during the meet, with first post set for 6:35 p.m. Central. The track will close its Thoroughbred meet Sunday.