Wednesday, July 04, 2012
CD Riggins, a registered New Mexico-bred sorrel colt by Desirio, is the 10th-fastest qualifier for the July 21 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack.
A homebred colt owned by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs and trainer by the owner's husband, Carl Draper, CD Riggins ran third, 1 ¼ lengths behind longshot winner and second-fastest qualifier Jesscuzican, in the last of seven trials on Tuesday. CD Riggins covered his 440-yard trip in :21.823 on a fast but sealed track.
CD Riggins is a maiden who has earned $3,420 from four starts, all in New Mexico. The colt is out of the winning Super Duper Couper mare Super Perla Negra, and he is a half brother to Jenuine Joy, a daughter of Genuine Strawfly who has won five stakes and has banked $382,230 from 15 races.
Fastest qualifier Feature Mr Who is a Florida-bred gelding by 2001 Rainbow Derby winner Feature Mr Jess racing for SM Cattle Company and Jaime Dominguez and trained by Roberto Sanchez. Feature Mr Who won the sixth trial by 1 ½ lengths in :21.495.
Other prominent Rainbow Derby finalists include 2011 AQHA champion 2-year-old and All American Futurity (G1) winner Ochoa, champion 2-year-old gelding and Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Feature Mr Bojangles, and All American Futurity finalist Bills Last.
This year's Rainbow Derby will be worth $903,687, surpassing the previous stakes record purse of $873,441 set in 2010.