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Block N Tackle Wins Rocky Mountain Derby

Gelding picks up third career stakes victory and first at Arapahoe Park.

July 15, 2012

Block N Tackle continues to be a win machine for owners Carolyn and Ralph Fales and trainer and breeder Matthew Fales, as the 3-year-old gelding dominated the 350-yard, $76,750 Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe Park on Saturday for his seventh victory in his ninth lifetime start.

As the 7-2 third choice breaking from the outside in the field of 10 for jockey Tony Guymon, Block N Tackle pulled away in the stretch for a 1 1/2-length victory in a time of :17.497.

This marked the third career stakes win for the Arizona-bred Block N Tackle, who last year won the Desert Classic Futurity (RG3) and AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity. All told, the Tac It Like A Man gelding has banked $133,905.

The unlucky horse in the race was Baby I Like It, who fell to his face after the start but recovered to finish third. Baby I Like It had come into the Rocky Mountain Derby undefeated in five career starts at Arapahoe Park and was the 5-2 second choice for owner Hugo Barron Sierra, trainer Jose Manuel Barron and jockey Alejandro Luna.

Duplicate Check, a 21-1 longshot, was second, a nose in front of Baby I Like It, with Vince Guerra aboard. Her trainer, John Hammes, will saddle six of the 10 finalists in Sunday’s Rocky Mountain Futurity.

Fastest qualifier Kool Kue Country, who won her first race in the trials in her sixth lifetime start, took fifth. The 2-1 favorite, Top Gun B, faded to ninth after breaking alertly.