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Painted Lies Leads Adequan Derby Championship

Painted Lies has homefield advantage in Adequan Derby Challenge Championships.

Q-Racing Journal
October 23, 2012

Tom Maher’s gelding Painted Lies has home track advantage and is riding a hot streak as he comes into the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

The 400-yard Adequan Derby Challenge Championship is the premier race for 3-year-olds at the Bank of America Challenge Championships, when more than $1 million will be awarded during the six Bank of America Challenge Championship races.

Painted Lies (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Teller Lies by First Down Dash) is having a sensational sophomore campaign with five wins, two seconds and a third from nine starts. The highlights of this streak include a win in the June 9 Minnesota Stallion Breeders/NCQHRA Derby (R) at Canterbury Park and then his most important career victory in the September 15 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3). The Amber Blair-trained Painted Lies has the advantage of coming into the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship off that win at Prairie Meadows, when he dug in to secure the game neck win over the highly regarded Huckleberry Mojito.

Mary Kirby’s Second Painted Sign (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Stylish Sign by Vital Sign) comes off a pair of stakes wins and tries for his fourth consecutive win. Two starts ago, Second Painted Sign defeated Oklahoma-breds by three quarters of a length in the $90,000 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby on June 30 at Fair Meadows and then he earned his trip to the Challenge Championships with a win in the Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge on September 30. The Jackie Kirby-trained colt pulled away to a two length win as the 4-5 favorite while covering the 400 yards in :19.746.

LMR 2011’s Huckleberry Mojito (Feature Mr Jess-Eye Opening Special by Mr Eye Opener) has five wins and a close second to Painted Lies as the even-money choice in the September 15 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3) from her latest six starts. Her wins during this stretch for trainer Ed Hardy include the $39,000 Canterbury Derby and the $27,000 Race For Hope, both at Canterbury Park.

Michael Amburn’s Jess A Comment (First Comment-Jess Quick Fun by Mr Jess Perry) won the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge on August 11 for his second consecutive win and has been rested since that effort. The Guy Hopkins-trained gelding has qualified for the Texas Classic Futurity (G1), TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2), John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3).

Junior’s Quarter Horses Inc.’s Ultimate Wave (Wave Carver-Eye For Corona by Corona Cartel) is an improving colt for trainer Chris Gandarilla who bears attention. He has made only four starts, and broke his maiden two starts ago when he won his trial to the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge and then came back as the 4-5 favorite in the June 9 final to overwhelm his rivals by 2 1/4 lengths in a sharp :19.66.

Official entries for the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) will be taken and post positions will be drawn on Wednesday for the October 27 race.