06/20/2009 11:00PM

Train Rider Blues wins maiden in futurity

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Train Rider Blues closed into a hot pace to catch the filly Glory Be Mine on the wire and win his maiden in the $159,556 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Sales Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday. He was up by a neck, while it was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third to 3-5 favorite Explosive Mine.

The Ruidoso Futurity was restricted to 2-year-olds bred in New Mexico.

Train Rider Blues ($40.40) raced in seventh early, as Glory Be Mine and Explosive Mine dueled through a half-mile in 45.40 seconds. The eventual winner covered five furlongs in 59.20.

Carlos Rivas rode Train Rider Blues for Freda McSwane and trainer Terry Walker. It was the first career win from three starts for the colt, who earned $79,778. Train Rider Blues is a son of Desert God, who is also the sire of New Mexico-bred millionaire Peppers Pride.