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Im Royal Quick Takes Jefferson Stakes

Former claimer becomes a graded stakes winner at Zia Park.

October 13, 2012

Im Royal Quick, a former $4,000 claimer before finding success around the turn, earned his first career stakes victory on Saturday in the $55,090 Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3) at Zia Park. Ridden by Alejandro Medellin for trainer Ramon Ronquillo, the 5-year-old Royal Quick Dash gelding jumped out to an early lead and never looked back before hitting the wire 5 ½ lengths in front with an 870-yard clocking in :45.582.

Bred in California by Manuel Carmona Jr. and owned by Jose Orquiz and Anna Garcia, Im Royal Quick failed to hit the board in four starts as a juvenile while running against lower level maiden claiming company at Los Alamitos. He then found a level of success on the straightaway in New Mexico as a 3- and 4-year-old with a pair of wins, but it wasn’t until this year when he stretched out to 870 yards and beyond that he became a stakes-caliber horse. He finished second in the 1,000-yard Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial Stakes at Ruidoso Downs before winning an 870-yard allowance at Albuquerque and finishing a close second in another 870-yard allowance at Zia. His record now stands at 28-6-3-1 with earnings of $113,130.

Santa Fe Horse Racing by Carrillo’s LLC’s Swing Time Perry, a Jess Mr Perry gelding making his stakes debut, chased all the way and finished second. Teddy Abrams Jr.’s Cat Five Storm, a four-time stakes winner at 870 yards, got up for third.