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PJ Chick In Black Back at Ruidoso, Continues Recovery

Champion filly recovering after trailer accidnet.

Press Release
July 23, 2013

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PJ Chick In Black, left, trapped in an overturned trailer, and at right, recovering with trainer John Stinebaugh at Ruidoso.

Reigning champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black arrived back at Ruidoso Downs on the afternoon of Sunday, July 21, just one week after being involved in an trailer accident near Abilene, Texas.

The truck and trailer flipped over on a rain-soaked highway. The driver sustained a broken collarbone and injured ribs. PJ Chick In Black’s groom was uninjured. PJ Chick In Black sustained a laceration on her left forearm and lost some hair on her head.

Trained by John Stinebaugh, PJ Chick In Black qualified to race in the Grade 1, $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby held on Sunday, but was scratched. She is scheduled to compete in the trials to the Grade 1, $2.8 million All American Derby on August 17. She is also eligible to the Grade 1, $1 million Los Alamitos Super Derby in November at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California.

“She’s doing very well. It’s amazing,” said Stinebaugh. “We’ll probably take her to the track tomorrow (Tuesday). She was wanting to go today.”

Owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms, PJ Chick In Black won her first five races, including the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2). She concluded her career-starting winning streak by winning her All American Futurity (G1) trial by 5 3/4 lengths with the fastest qualifying time from 26 trials of :21.081 for 440 yards. She then finished a troubled sixth in the All American as the 7-10 favorite.

Stinebaugh brought PJ Chick In Black back at Sunland Park and she started another winning streak. The Desirio filly won her West Texas Derby trial, the West Texas Derby (G3) and her Ruidoso Derby trial. However, she raced into a 28 miles per hour headwind in her Ruidoso Derby trial and then the wind shifted to a tailwind. Her time was not fast enough to qualifying for the finals while the top-nine qualifiers came out of wind-aided trials.

The All American Derby trials are set for August 17.

Racing runs on a Friday through Monday schedule at Ruidoso Downs with a 1 p.m. first post time. There is always free parking and free general admission. For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and obtain the latest news by following the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter. For All American Futurity/Derby insights, check out allamerican-ruidoso.com.