Jess Significant ran 350 yards in :17.66 on Friday, May 23, to top 119 entrants, spread over 12 races, in the trials for the G1 Ruidoso Futurity. The 10 fastest qualifiers are eligible for the $500,000 stake to be contested on June 8 at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Carl Draper, Jess Significant made her debut at Sunland Park with two wins, including her West Texas Futurity trial. She then finished sixth at 5-1 odds in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity. The Mr Jess Perry daughter, owned by La Feliz Montana Ranch, was a $130,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Sale.

“She’s really a nice filly and we expected her to do well,” said Draper, who also saddled the second fastest Ruidoso Futurity qualifier, Misty Blue Mercedes.

A $27,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Sale, Misty Blue Mercedes, owned by Lola Willis and Sheryl Cox, qualified for the G1 West Texas Futurity, but broke her bridle and finished last wearing a substitute bit.

Jockey Bonifacio Perez had the mount on both Jess Significant and Misty Blue Mercedes Perez. Draper also sent out All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen on Saturday to top the trials to the G1 Ruidoso Derby.

Ruidoso Futurity qualifiers

Horse Trial Trainer Jockey Time
Jess Significant 7th Carl Draper Bonifaco Perez 17.666
Misty Blue Mercedes 11th Carl Draper Bonifacio Perez 17.709
Jesstifiable 1st Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 17.733
Feature Ten 7th Wes Giles G.R. Carter Jr 17.739
Winners Version 11th Paul Jones Ramon Sanchez 17.771
Miss Lena Perry 9th Jose Efren Meraz Noe Garcia 17.776
Lake View Dreams 5th Blane Wood Stormy Smith 17.780
Quik Brew 2nd Heath Taylor G.R. Carter Jr. 17.822
Dashazoom 12th Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 17.823
Vrrroom 9th James McArthur G.R. Carter Jr. 17.848