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El Duero Breaks Maiden in West Texas Futurity

Oak Tree Special gelding scores Grade 1 victory at Sunland Park.

April 15, 2012

Sixth-fastest qualifier El Duero broke his maiden in style on Sunday afternoon as he prevailed by a half-length in the $217,147 West Texas Futurity (G1) at Sunland Park. The Texas-bred gelding by Oak Tree Special scored at odds of 12-1 with Agustin Silva in the irons for trainer Toby Keeton. El Duero earned $102,059 for owner R.T. Stables of Odessa, Texas, for a 300-yard trip in :14.683, which equates to a 104 speed index.

El Duero, who was bred by Jorge Haddad, finished second by a nose with a time of :15.010 in the trials on March 23. The gelding is the 21st stakes winner sired by 2003 world champion Oak Tree Special, whose runners have combined to earn $6.75 million. El Duero is the first stakes winner produced by the Streakin La Jolla mare La Jolla Rocket, a Restricted Grade 3 stakes winner and also the dam multiple graded stakes-placed La Jolla Suspect, by Ausual Suspect. La Jolla Rocket has now produced three winners from as many starters, and the trio has combined to bank just over $200,000.

Victor Diaz’s Yield To Libby, a filly by Azoom ridden by Esgar Ramirez for trainer Hermenegildo Aldavaz, finished a game second and earned $39,086 for her effort. Fastest qualifier and 5-2 favorite Pajarita Sita, a daughter of Pappasito running for owner/trainer Alonso Orozco, had an early lead and finished third with Adrian Ramos aboard.