Sunday, April 08, 2012
PJ Chick In Black remained undefeated following her victory in the 300-yard, $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Trained by Carl Draper and ridden by Esgar Ramirez for owners Fredda Draper and Denny Bowen, PJ Chick In Black stopped the timer in :14.912 while defeating Junior June Bug by one length. Tombstone and fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite Conn Creek finished in a dead heat for third, two lengths behind the winner.
PJ Chick In Black gave her trainer his second Spring Futurity win. Draper sent out Hidden Dragon to win the stakes nine years ago.
PJ Chick In Black was bred by Fredda Draper, a resident of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The brown filly's sire, Desirio, is a 10-year-old son of Strawfly Special whose dam, Lady Tenaya, won the Grade 1, $75,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship in 2002.
Racing from 2004-06, Desirio won four of 12 starts and earned $256,786, and his three stakes wins included the '04 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs, and the inaugural running of the Zia Park Championship two years later. The stallion's top runners include Deniro, a 3-year-old gelding who ran second in Kobe's Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) on February 18.
Desirio 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 who was a finalist in the 2007 Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park.
PJ Chick In Black made her career debut on March 16, as the filly won a New Mexican Spring Futurity trial heat by one length and posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time. The $118,139 winner's share of the Spring Futurity final purse increased her bankroll to $124,139 from two outs.
A sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr campaigned by Richard K. McGehee, runner-up Junior June Bug has won one of two races and has earned $49,295. Junior June Bug was coming off of a three-quarter length dead heat victory in his Spring Futurity trial.
Conn Creek, a half brother to 2009 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Alice K White, was acquired by owner Paul Blanchard of Albuquerque for $48,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The colt by the late Dash Ta Fame has won two of three starts, including the seventh of eight Spring Futurity trials, and he has banked $43,622.
Tombstone is a homebred gelding by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Get Down Perry racing for Gary L. Thompson. Tombstone has earned $43,622 from three outs, and his two victories include a 1 1/4-length score as the 13-10 choice in the fifth Spring Futurity trial.