$50,000 Az Breeders’ Futurity, Colts and Geldings
The bridge jumpers who wagered $41,000 to show on Fortified Effort might have lost a breath or two as the 2-5 favorite found himself blocked by a wall of horses with less than a furlong remaining of the 6 furlong test. But when a sliver of daylight appeared Ry Eikleberry guided and gunned Fortified Effort ($2.80) thru a tight tunnel to claim victory by one length over Oldtoytrain with Beat the Heat third in the field of nine Arizona bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Trained by Kevin Eikleberry and owned by a consortium of friends (including the trainer) of Lloyd Yother, Bill Mathews and Marvin Fleming, Fortified Effort covered the distance in 1:10.60 for his fourth win in seven career efforts for earnings of $127,238.
$25,000 Cactus Wren
The 1-5 favorite Shrewd Move ($2.60) with Leslie Mawing up made victory look text-book easy, drawing off at will to win by 4 ¼ lengths over Yo Y Me with Sedona Sunrise third in the field of seven 3-year-olds and up.
Owned by Yeaman’s Racing Stable and trained by Dan McFarlane, the 5-year-old Shrewd Move, who was notching his second local stake win of the season, raced the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.89.
Shrewd Move has now won 11 of 40 starts for earnings of $197,289.
$50,000 Az Breeders’ Futurity, Fillies
The wire did not come soon enough for the two-race undefeated and 1-5 favorite Foggia with Scott Stevens up as she was caught at the wire and lost by a half-length to the fast-closing Myrcella ($16.00) with Chad Lindsay aboard. Littlesisterdon’tu finished third in the field of nine juvenile fillies.
Owned by Reagan Anderson and Molly Pearson and trained by Pearson, Myrcella covered the 6-furlongs in 1:10.53. It was the second win in 6 efforts for the daughter of Tribal Rule who now has earnings of $54,041.