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                 RUIDOSO DOWNS
 Zia QH Juvenile (R)
Photos by Ruidoso Downs, Bailey Ivey
 Eye Am King
 Mr Jess Perry
 Eye For Corona
  Ms Jingles
 Bigtime Favorite
  Some Quick Dasher
   A 20-1 longshot in a full field of 10 New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses, MJ Farms’ Bella de Ball broke her maiden in the July 23, $50,000 Zia Juvenile Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Bella de Ball covered 400 yards in :19.784, and her margin of victory was a neck from 19-1 longshot Who U Daddy. Adrian Ramos rode the homebred daughter of Eye Am King for trainer Wes Giles.
Bella de Ball was coming off of a second-place finish in one of a dozen Zia Futurity (RG1) trials on July 7. The filly’s sire, Eye Am King, is an unplaced 8-year- old son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year- old Mr Jess Perry and the Grade 1-winning Corona Cartel mare Eye For Corona.
A full brother to stakes winner Dr Jess and a half to stakes winner Ultimate Wave, Eye Am King has from two crops sired
the earners of more than $2.03 million, including stakes winner Kings Touch and 2022 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) runner-up Wood Dee Queen. The stallion is owned by and stands for a $3,000 fee at Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ
Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. Bella de Ball is out of Ms Jingles, a 13-year-old daughter of the Chicks
Beduino stallion Bigtime Favorite who won two graded stakes for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs in 2012, including the $551,055 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1). The filly is a half-sister to Convergence, a stakes-placed son of American Runaway.
Bella de Ball’s second dam, the winning Some Dasher mare Some Quick Dasher, foaled Five Bell Cartel, a winning half- sister to Ms Jingles and a finalist in the 2018 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs.
Bella de Ball earned a lifetime-best 90 speed index from her first win in three starts. The $21,000 winner’s share of the Zia Juvenile Stakes purse increased her career bankroll to $23,400.
Drest For Success ran third, a half of
a length behind Bella de Ball, and was followed by 6-5 favorite Imperial Rein, The Big Daddy, Kelly Isa Chick, JM Special Ryon, Sweetest Emotion, Paint Me Queen and Pick Of The Vine.
Who U Daddy pocketed the $9,000 runner-up share of the purse to bring his earnings to $40,223 from five outs for his owner, Joaquin Gutierrez. The brown Big Daddy Cartel gelding was a $15,500 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs.
A $70,000 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, Drest For Success is a daughter of the Game Patriot stallion Jet Black Patriot campaigned by Ellison Carter. The sorrel filly has banked $13,600 from four races.
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