July 22, 2018, Ruidoso Downs, NM
Sent off at odds of 8-1, MM Fourinthemorning drove clear from post position #10 to win the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity wire-to-wire by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Blane Wood, the gelded son of Mr Jess Perry covered the 400-yard distance in 19.537.
Lethal Lil, with Jose Alvarez, finished second, and Flying Cowboy 123, under Raul Ramirez, placed third. Suze Returns, the 6-5 favorite, who finished as runnerup in the $1,000,000 Ruidoso Futurity, drifted in at the start from post position #3 and finished eighth by three and three-quarters lengths.
MM Fourinthemorning, a $50,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale graduate, owned by Mark and Annette McCloy, Tatum, New Mexico, won his Rainbow Futurity trial in 19.887, after finishing seventh in his Ruidoso Futurity trial, his only other start.
“He was too inexperienced for the Ruidoso (Futurity trials),” said trainer Wood, who qualified three horses for the Rainbow Futurity, including, in addition to MM Fourinthemorning, third-placed Flying Cowboy 123. “So we worked with him in the gate. He was green, but he had outworked everything at the ranch.”
Lethal Lil, ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer Joel Valeriano, Jr., won her Rainbow Futurity trial by one and one-quarter lengths and had previously qualified for the West Texas Futurity. The Corona Cartel filly out of Lethal Delight, is a half-sister to 2014 All American Futurity winner JM Miracle, and owned by La Feliz Montana Ranch.
Flying Cowboy 123, sired by Apollitical Jess and half-brother to world champion Cold Cash 123, was a $100,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase and is owned by Paragon Farms, Conroe, Tex.