SOUTH JORDAN, UT—JUNE 20, 2020—Only four noses separated the top five horses in the second of three trials June 7th for the South Valley Futurity at Laurel Brown Racetrack. That fifth-place horse was Babes Fabulous Eagle, a son of first-crop sire ONE FABULOUS EAGLE, who was making his career debut that day.
Babes Fabulous Eagle bounced off that fifth-place effort to defeat fastest qualifier and stablemate Coronado Kiss by a neck in the $27,178 South Valley Futurity today at Laurel Brown.
Under jockey Cesar Moreno, the bay gelding completed the 330 yards in :15.892 seconds, equaling a 99 speed index. He earned $10,471 for the effort.
Leading trainer Monty Arrossa saddled the first-time winner for owner Merlin Sharp, who paid $2,500 for Babes Fabulous Eagle's dam, Gone Babie Gone, at the 2017 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale. She was carrying the futurity winner. Bred in Idaho by Darling Farms, Babes Fabulous Eagle also became the first stakes winner for his sire ONE FABULOUS EAGLE.
Fastest qualifier Coronado Kiss rallied for second under jockey Eric Ayala. Also trained by Arrossa, the son of leading third-crop sire Coronado Cartel races for owner Andrea and Edie Jensen. Bred in Utah by Allreds Horse Haven, from the Maknmoves mare Sixteen Kisses, Coronado Kiss earned $5,236 for second.
Second-fastest qualifier Picture Esque, a California bred son of leading sire Favorite Cartel, finished a head back in the blanket finish to get third. Owner Melody Olsen purchased the brown filly for $22,000 at the Los Alamitos Equine Mixed Sale last October. Glade Van Tassell saddled with Uriel Dominguez getting the riding call. Bred by Steve Burns, DVM, from the Mr Jess Perry mare Sweetest Illusion, picked up $2,618 for the effort.
Kdb Thisdashhasstyle, Apollitical Azurfame, Gg Hollywood, Pcr Dashin Flash and Transpiring completed the South Valley Futurity field. Fighting Mad, Go Petitti Go and Tw Gyspy Cartel were all scratched by their trainers.
Editor's note: A photo of this race will be posted when it becomes available from the track photographer.