TF Featured Effort Fastest to West TX Derby

Sharp TF Featured Effort heads West Texas Derby.

March 27, 2012

SM Cattle Export Co. and Jaime Dominguez’s TF Featured Effort looks to continue his sharp form at Sunland Park when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $165,934 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park on Saturday afternoon.

TF Featured Effort (Feature Mr Jess-Meadow Creeks Effort by Special Effort) has been on a roll at Sunland Park with a pair of wins and a troubled sixth in the Sunland Winter Futurity (G2) from his three local starts. The Roberto Sanchez-trained colt won his Sunland Winter Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length before coming back in the futurity to be bumped at the start and altering his course.

In the third of six West Texas Derby trials, TF Featured Effort dominated by 1 3/4 lengths while his time of :19.549 for the 400 yards was the fastest-qualifying mark.

Last year at Sunland Park, TF Featured Effort was second in the West Texas Juvenile (R) and he raced to a fourth-place finish in the All American Juvenile (R) at Ruidoso Downs last summer.

David Barrett’s homebred Mighty Famous Vic (Mighty Invictus-Fame Us Katie by Dash Ta Fame) has also found similar success at Sunland Park. He won his Sunland Winter Futurity trial and then was fractious in the gate and finished ninth in the futurity. The Fred Danley-trained gelding came back to pull away in his West Texas Derby trial to win by a half length with the fourth-fastest time of :19.662.

Mighty Famous Vic qualified for the West Texas Futurity (G1) and raced in the Rainbow Juvenile (R).

SMS Racing LLC’s Sixes Straw (First Down Dash-Straw Perry Silk by Mr Jess Perry) won his maiden in his sixth start when he won his West Texas Derby trial by a half length in :19.568, the second-fastest qualifying time. His top previous efforts were finishing in fourth place on three occasions, including the Ruidoso Juvenile.

Paul Blanchard and John Garcia’s FJ Ricky Bobby (First Thoughts-One Secret Success by Full Of Secrets) won his first two starts and then was second behind Sixes Straw in their West Texas Derby trial. The Carlos Sedillo-trained gelding won a maiden race and then a conditioned allowance race.