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$25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Pick Your Pour Wins $341,362 Ruidoso Mountain Top Futurity On Sunday
Pick Your Pour, under jockey Mario Delgado, winning the restricted Grade 2 $341,362 Mountain Top QH Futurity Sunday at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

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$25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Pick Your Pour Wins $341,362 Ruidoso Mountain Top Futurity On Sunday

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM–JUNE 19, 2022–Pick Your Pour, a two-year-old gelding, rose to the top of the New Mexico-bred class of young quarter horses Sunday with a solid two- length win in the restricted Grade 2 $341,362 Mountain Top QH Futurity Sunday at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

"We were confident in this horse’s ability," jockey Mario Delgado said in the winner’s circle. "Even when we were breaking the horse back in El Paso we thought the horse showed talent."

Pick Your Pour paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.20 in a winning the ninth race in a time of :17.473 for 350-yards.

The gelding, sired by multiple stakes sire Jesse James Jr from the Dash To Fame mare Tangled Vines, races for owners Orlando Granillo, Asucena and Rene Mendoza. The winning trainer is James Gonzales.

MJ Farms bred the $25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate. The $146,887 Mountain Top winner's purse boosted the undefeated 2-year-old's earnings total to $150,487 from two starts.

Pick Your Pour is expected to make his next start in the Zia Futurity (RG1) trials at Ruidoso Downs later this summer.

Owners Gene and Tod Brandley paid $70,000 for runner-up Reef Ridge in the 2021 Ruidoso New Mexico Bred Yearling Sale. Trey Wood conditions the son of Woodbridge from the Heza Fast Man mare Fast Copy Miss.  

Tanner Thedford had the riding call aboard the MJ Farms bred gelding who was also second in the Oklahoma Juvenile Stakes at Remington Park earlier this year.  The $62,952 second-place Mountain Top payday boosted Reef Ridge's earnings total to $80,782 from four starts.

Ricanelo, a son of lading New Mexico sire Big Daddy Cartel, earned $34,973 for finishing third. Also owned by Gene and Tod Bradley and trained by Wood, Ricanelo is out of the Dean Miracle mare Total Miracle.

Mikkelson Racing LLC bred the $90,000 Ruidoso New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale graduate. Champion jockey Ricky Ramirez was up.

Fast Flashin, Kings Touch, La Pantera, One Sweet Love, Kj Daddys Money and Fine Am Eye completed the field. Whisky Road was scratched.

The seventh race on Sunday was the $50,000 Mountain Top Juvenile Stakes. Jess Emotions and jockey Sergio Dominguez came home a winner in a time :17.602 seconds  (see related story).