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My Big Chief Tops Breeders Derby

Gerardo Cano's My Big Chief fastest to New Mexico Breeders Derby.

September 21, 2012

The Gerardo Cano-owned and -trained My Big Chief is positioned for the most important win of his 12-race career when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (RG3) on Sunday during the New Mexico State Fair at The Downs at Albuquerque.

My Big Chief (Get Down Perry-Majorly Easy by Major Rime) boasts stakes credentials, but has not yet scored his first stakes win. He raced to a third-place finish in the New Mexico Breeders Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park and competed in the New Mexico Breeders Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park and the Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park.

The gelding posted his fourth career win and his first win in nine months when he won his Breeders’ Derby trial by a nose over second-fastest qualifier PK Bay (Brookstone Bay-PK Rainbow by Rabbits Rainbow). My Big Chief was timed in :19.557 for 400 yards and PK Bay was clocked in :19.563 in the second of two trials.

David Barrett and Sue May’s PK Bay could gain favoritism in the Breeders’ Derby. The Fred Danley-trained gelding has won or placed in four stakes for state-breds and returned from an extended layoff to finish a very close second in his trial.

Mike Abraham and James McClintic’s Two Bit Corona (Corona Caliente-Two Bit Fly by Strawfly Special) won the other trial, with the third-fastest time of :19.738. The Dick Powell-trained filly scored her third win from seven starts when she took the trial by a neck in :19.738.