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Field Set for New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Derby
RSS Feeds Monday, September 11, 2017
Three 400-yard trials on Sunday determined the finalists for the September 24, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Albuquerque Downs.

Co-fastest qualifier Sophie Garcia won first trial by a nose from third-fastest qualifier A Super Sonic Boom in :19.462. Justin Joiner trained and Cody Jensen rode the sorrel daughter of Big Daddy Cartel for owner Paul Blanchard of Albuquerque.

A $50,000 purchase at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Sophie Garcia has won two of five starts and has earned $11,421.

Co-fastest qualifier Mr Klee won the third heat by a neck from fourth-fastest qualifier Big Spurs. Trained by Justin Joiner for owners Calder and Candy Ezzell of Roswell, New Mexico, Mr Klee covered the distance in :19.462 under jockey Cody Jensen.

Mr Klee was purchased by the Ezzells for $27,000 at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelded son of Jesse James Jr has won two of six outs and has banked $8,612.

The complete list of qualifiers appears below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)



F, Big Daddy Cartel-Ella Sophia by Jesse James Jr

Paul Blanchard

MJ Farms (NM)

Justin Joiner


G, Jesse James Jr-Ms Klee by Heza Fast Man

Calder & Candy Ezzell

Phil Chess (NM)

Justin Joiner


C, Big Daddy Cartel-Strawberryberryfast by Strawflyin Buds

Hubaldo Solis

Hubaldo Solis (NM)

Javier Roman Jr.


C, Big Daddy Cartel-Lady Chimes by Chimes Band (TB)

Astorga Racing LLC

Hubaldo Solis (NM)

Javier Roman Jr.


G, Woodbridge-Bullet Bullion by Bully Bullion

Reymundo F. Resendez

MJ Farms (NM)

Salvador Soto


F, Hard Hitting-Tres Veses by Tres Seis

Kathy Lee and Ruben Mares

Lee & Sherwood Racing LLC (NM)

Wes Giles


F, Big Daddy Cartel-Posies Woodette

David Bloomer

David Bloomer (NM)

Cynthia Gonzalez


G, Big Daddy Cartel-Taylor Can Move by Maknmoves

Ray Hernandez

Famous Lane Farm LLC (NM)

Cynthia Gonzalez


F, Chicks Regard-Mary For Money by Metallic Lion

Bauer Farm LLC

Bauer Farm LLC (NM)

Justin Joiner


F, First Moonflash-A Medley Of Chicks by Chicks A Blazin

Mike Abraham and Pierre & Leslie Amestoy

Mike Abraham (NM)

Ross Amestoy


In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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