Monday, July 08, 2013
A total of 33 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds, including multiple stakes winner Sandys Jesse, have been entered in Saturday's Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs.
A sorrel daughter of Jesse James Jr owned by Jose G. Badilla Sr. and trained by Ramon Rivera, Sandys Jesse has won five of 13 starts and has earned $171,415, of which $131,016 has been banked this season. The filly has won two stakes this season, including the 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on February 17.
Sandys Jesse is coming off of a fifth-place finish as the 4-5 favorite in the June 22, $65,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG3) for state-bred sophomore fillies at SunRay Park. Tanner Thedford will ride the filly from post 2 in the third of four 400-yard trials on Saturday.
Other graded stakes winners entered in the Zia Derby trials include Dashin Ace and Rex Hill. A sorrel gelding by Dash Ta Fame racing for Derol Hubbard and Ted Rushing, Dashin Ace will be making his first 3-year-old start. Dashin Ace earned $158,629 from seven starts during his 2-year-old season, and his race record includes a neck victory at odds of 35-1 in the 400-yard, $294,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.
Mike Joiner trains Dashin Ace. The gelding will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. from post 8 in the first trial.
Rex Hill will be making his first start from the barn of trainer Chris Zamora in the second heat. The sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr won two stakes last year for his owners, brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, including the 350-yard, $168,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Cody Jensen will ride Rex Hill from post 7.
Another 2012 stakes winner, Richard K. McGehee's Junior June Bug, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Carlos Madeira in the fourth Zia Derby trial. A sorrel son of Jesse James Jr trained by Jackie Riddle, the colt scored a neck victory in last year's 350-yard, $296,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from Saturday's trials will face off in the $128,375 Zia Derby final on July 28. Past winners of the Zia Derby, which began its history in 1990 and first achieved graded status six years later, include champion Now I Know ('96), Namehimastreaker ('97), stakes-record holder Ongoing Ta Fame (2004), and Here Kittykittykitty ('10).