06/25/2008 12:00AM

Ruidoso: Top two from futurity take a pass


The top-two finishers in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, Jess Significant and Misty Blue Mercedes, will pass the trials to the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity on July 3 at Ruidoso Downs and point to the Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity, according to their trainer, Carl Draper.

It means that the $4 million All American Triple Crown bonus will not be paid. It would be awarded to the connections of any horse that wins the Ruidoso, Rainbow, and All American futurities. The bonus never has been been won.

Sore shins are the reason why the two horses passing the Rainbow Futurity. "They will be ready for the All American," Draper said.

A year ago, Draper passed the Rainbow Futurity with Ruidoso Futurity winner Heartswideopen and she went on to win the All American Futurity and be named champion 2-year-old.

Heartswideopen returned this year to win the Ruidoso Derby and is training well toward the Rainbow Derby trials on July 4.