Block N Tackle Takes AQRA Turf Paradise Derby

Odds-on favorite comes through to earn fourth career stakes win.

December 1, 2012

Ralph and Carolyn Fales’ Block N Tackle ran to his status as the fastest qualifier and 7-10 favorite in Saturday’s $38,950 AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Derby as the Tac It Like A Man gelding drew clear to win by 1 ¼ lengths at the Phoenix track. Jorge Bourdieu rode for trainer Matt Fales, the son of Ralph and Carolyn and also the breeder of Block N Tackle. The Arizona-bred covered 400 yards in :19.803.

Block N Tackle has now won nine of 13 career starts and has never finished worse than third. This victory added $19,475 to his bankroll, which now stands at $171,502. The gelding won two stakes last year at Turf Paradise, the Desert Classic Futurity (RG3) and AQHA Turf Paradise Futurity. He also won this year’s Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe Park. Block N Tackle is out of the stakes-winning Takin On The Cash mare Watchin The Rain, who is also the dam of stakes winner Jesswatchme.

Amado De La Riva’s Famous Photo rallied to take second and the Fales family also took third with Bringin It On.

Also on the card, 24-1 longshot JM Blue Light captured the $12,400 Turf Paradise Maiden Stakes. The FDD Dynasty gelding, who had finished sixth in each of his three prior starts, prevailed by a neck with Raul Valenzuela in the saddle for owner Edgar Avehuco and trainer Raul Valenzuela. JM Blue Light sprinted 300 yards in :15.917. PR Waverunner took second with Guitar On Fire in third.