Saturday, March 30, 2013
PJ Chick In Black, a registered New Mexico-bred filly by Desirio and last year's AQHA champion 2-year-old filly, sprinted to her third graded stakes victory in Saturday's $203,148 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park.
Ridden by Esgar Ramirez, PJ Chick In Black covered 400 yards in :18.808, earning a 101 speed index and defeating ICU Deity by one length. John Stinebaugh saddled the filly for owners Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor, and Jack Smith Farms.
PJ Chick In Black was bred by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The filly's sire, Desirio, is an 11-year-old son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special who won the 440-yard, $150,000 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs in 2004 and the 440-yard, $211,000 Zia Park Championship in '06.
Desirio's top runners include 2012 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) winner Deniro, 2012 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) winner Posies Desiria, and stakes winner Karolina. Owned by Jim and Marilyn Helzer, Les and Leah Horner, and Ray and Lola Willis, the stallion stands for a $2,800 fee at JEH Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.
PJ Chick In Black is the first foal produced by her dam, Eddie Jym. A winning 9-year-old mare by the First Down Dash stallion Corona Cocktail, Eddie Jym was a finalist in the 2007 Hobbs America Derby (G2) at Zia Park.
PJ Chick In Black traces back to her fifth dam, the Triple Chick mare Mable Chick. Racing in California in the early 1960s, Mable Chick won 13 races at Bay Meadows and Los Alamitos.
PJ Chick In Black has won seven of eight races, and the $95,480 winner's share of the West Texas Derby purse – the richest in the stakes' 50-year history – pushed her bankroll to $623,919. The filly was coming off of a one-length victory in the third of seven trials on March 8, and she recorded the fastest qualifying time.
During PJ Chick In Black's 2-year-old championship campaign, the filly scored a one-length victory in the 300-yard, $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park, and a neck win in the 350-yard, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. She also won a 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trial by 5 ¾ lengths and posted the fastest qualifying time, but she ran sixth as the odds-on favorite in the $2.4-million final.
Whiteface Eagle ran third, a nose behind runner-up ICU Deity. Prince Of Alexander, Secret Courage, IBA JP, Caballo Famous Eagle, Rockin Disco, and First Prize Moon completed the order of finish. Fourth-fastest qualifier Wild And Game was very fractious in the starting gate and was scratched by the stewards on advice of the track veterinarian.
ICU Deity has earned $73,637 from six outs for her owners, Linda Joiner and Marty Cope. A sorrel gelding by champion FDD Dynasty, ICU Deity has won three races, and he was a finalist in the December 28, $197,008 Sunland Park Winter Futurity (G2).
Whiteface Eagle is a sorrel daughter of One Famous Eagle campaigned by Mexas Racing Team. The filly has won three of nine starts and has banked $105,221 while racing exclusively in New Mexico, and her stakes resume includes a second-place finish to A Dream To Remember in last year's 400-yard, $299,843 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia Park.