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NM-Bred PJ Chick In Black Wins Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity
RSS Feeds Saturday, June 09, 2012
Fourth-fastest qualifier PJ Chick In Black, the lone registered New Mexico-bred in the field, scored her second career stakes victory in Saturday's $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Esgar Ramirez for owners Fredda Draper and Denny Bowen, and prepped by Carl Draper, PJ Chick In Black covered 350 yards in :17.850 while defeating fastest qualifier and 9-10 favorite Krash Cartel by a neck. The $300,000 winner's share of the stakes-record purse increased her earnings to $426,239 from four starts.

“We really didn't have a good break,” said Ramirez, who has ridden PJ Chick In Black in all of her races. “She got a hold of the ground at about 150 yards, and I could see that Krash Cartel was in front. It was the last 150 yards that she went by him.”

PJ Chick In Black was bred by Fredda Draper. The filly's sire, Desirio, is a 10-year-old son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special who won three stakes from 2004-06, including inaugural running of the Zia Park Championship in 2006.

Desirio's top runners include Karolina, the winner of the April 14, $110,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park, and Deniro, a gelding who ran second to Kobe in the February 18, $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). The stallion is owned by Jim and Marilyn Helzer and Les and Leah Horner, and he stands for a $1,500 fee at JEH Stallion Station in Pilot Point, Texas.

PJ Chick In Black's dam, Eddie Jym, is a winning 8-year-old mare by Corona Cocktail, and she was a finalist in the 2007 Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park.

PJ Chick In Black has won all four of her races, including the April 8, $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park. The filly was supplemented to the Ruidoso Futurity trials for $15,000, and she scored a three-length win as the 1-2 favorite in the ninth of 25 trials on May 25.

“We knew she was fast, but we didn't know how fast until today when she overcame that start,” said Carl Draper.

PJ Chick In Black was sent to post as the 7-2 second choice and returned a $9.80 win mutuel. The filly teamed with Krash Cartel for a $17.20 ($2) exacta. Jesastar, a 10-1 longshot, finished third to complete a $2 trifecta that paid $108.80.

Stoli Angel, Pajarita Sita, Jess A Zoomin, Separate Battle, Hes Mighty Exclusive, and Prince Of Alexander completed the order of finish. Sixth-fastest qualifier Coronas Ice Maiden was scratched by her trainer.

PJ Chick In Black is now in line for the All American Triple Crown, a three-race series for 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs that includes the 400-yard, $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) on July 21, and the 440-yard, $2.4-million All American Futurity on Labor Day, September 3. Only one horse, AQHA world champion Special Effort in 1981, has swept all three of Ruidoso's futurities in the same season.

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