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Champion 'Chick In Black' Returns in Ruidoso Trials

Ruidoso Derby trials feature a deep field of horses.

Press Release
May 20, 2013

Reigning champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black and Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Carters Cookie head a deep set of trials to the Grade 1, $822,467 Ruidoso Derby on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The purse is an all-time record, surpassing the $702,896 purse in 2011 and the $679,207 purse last year.

First post time is 1 p.m. and racing continues through Monday with free parking and free general admission.

The 3-year-olds with the 10-fastest times from the eight trials return for the 400-yard finals on June 8.

Denny Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms’ PJ Chick In Black earned her championship by winning her first five starts before finishing sixth in the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) as the 4-5 favorite.

PJ Chick In Black was the strong favorite in the All American Futurity after winning her trial by an amazing 5 3/4 lengths and racing to the fastest-qualifying time of :21.081 for 440 yards.

The John Stinebaugh-trained filly was then rested until winning her West Texas Derby (G3) trial in March at Sunland Park. The Desirio daughter then dominated the race by one length, her most recent start.

Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway’s Carters Cookie only made three starts last year as a 2-year-old and was brilliant. The highlight was a romping 1 1/2-length win in the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) after winning his trial by 2 1/4 lengths. He concluded his season with a trouble plagued third-place finish in his All American Futurity trial.

“He cracked his shin in his All American trial,” said trainer Mike Joiner. “It didn’t require surgery so we just turned him out and let him heal. We put him back in training in mid-February and he’s doing great.”

The only $25,000 supplemental nominee to enter the Ruidoso Derby trials is Crowson Racing’s Charvet, who starts from the outside post position in the final trial. Esgar Ramirez is the rider. The One Famous Eagle gelding has been in improving form for trainer Victor Rodriquez-Flores. He comes off a third-place run in the $136,000 Oklahoma Futurity, his only stakes appearance.

Perhaps the most intriguing trial in the fourth trial (8th race) when the $1 million filly A Dash Of Sweet Heat and Ruidoso Futurity (G1) runner-up Krash Cartel line up against each other in the two inside post positions.

Julianna Hawn Holt bred A Dash Of Sweet Heat and sold her in the 2011 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale for $650,000. She then bought her back last fall for $1 million at the Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma City.

A daughter of Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame member Corona Chick, A Dash Of Sweet Heat made one start a year ago when she was awarded third place in her Ruidoso Futurity trial.

JNB Enterprises’ Krash Cartel stood out in the 2012 Ruidoso Futurity trials when he won his trial by 4 1/4 lengths with the fastest-qualifying time of :17.759. He then finished just a neck behind PJ Chick In Black in the Ruidoso Futurity. He concluded his summer by racing to the third-fastest qualifying time to the All American Futurity and then encountered trouble in the final and finished ninth.

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