March 23, 2012
First-time starter Pajarita Sita, a daughter of freshman sire Pappasito, captured the seventh of eight West Texas Futurity (G1) trials on Friday at Sunland Park to record the fastest qualifying time for the $217,115 final on April 15. Adrian Ramos rode the Oklahoma-bred for owner/trainer Alonso Orozco and stopped the timer at :14.979 for 300 yards.
Bred by Mackie Racing LLC, Pajarita Sita is out of champion Mongoose Jet Eye, the former holder of Quarter Horse racing’s 400-yard world record when she won The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) in :19.018 in 2004. Mongoose Jet Eye, a daughter of Mr Eye Opener, has produced four other winners, including stakes-placed Steal Away, by Separatist.
Pajarita Sita is the second winner from the first crop of Mackie Racing LLC’s Grade 3-winning Pappasito, a Corona Cartel stallion out of 1989 All American Futurity (G1) winner Strawberry Silk. Among the five stakes winners produced by Strawberry Silk is champion and leading sire Stoli.
The sixth heat produced second-fastest qualifier Yield To Libby, an Oklahoma-bred filly by Azoom owned by Victory Diaz and conditioned by Hermenegildo Aldavaz. The Henry Brown-bred filly, who dashed the distance in :14.983, was making her second career start after finishing second in a Sunland maiden race on March 3. Yield To Libby is out of Grade 1 winner Libbys Cartel.
Dutch Masters III’s Rawhide Creek, a first-time starter by Ivory James, won the second trial by a length in :14.990 with the third-fastest time. The John Stinebaugh trainee was bred in Missouri by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale.
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