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Joiner Pair Lead Shue Fly

Ketel Won geldings lead the way in Shue Fly Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal
January 4, 2013

A pair of improving Ketel Won-sired geldings from the Mike Joiner barn, An Absolut Diamond and Krazy Good, come into the $254,584 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for newly turned 3-year-old New Mexico-breds, with the top-two qualifying times on Saturday afternoon at Sunland Park.

An Absolut Diamond (Ketel Won-The Millennium Star by Strawfly Special) turned in the breakout performance of his five-race career when he pulled away from his rivals in the fifth of five trials to win by a half length. His time of :19.003 for the 400 yards put him atop of the qualifiers list.

Owned by breeders Sandy Farris and Lisa McMinn with Marc Jungers, An Absolut Diamond finished off the board in his first two starts, each at Ruidoso Downs last summer, and then matured last fall. He won his maiden on October 23 by 2 lengths and then finished third while taking the next step up the class ladder in his start before the Shue Fly trials.

Bauer Farm’s Krazy Good (Ketel Won-Thirty Fourth Street by Dean Miracle) began his career last fall at Zia Park. After finishing third in his trial to the New Mexico Classic Cup Futurity in his debut, he took a maiden race by 1 1/2 lengths.

Krazy Good then won his Shue Fly trial by a half length, and his time of :19.062 was the second-fastest mark.

Crowson Racing’s One Blazin Kimbo (Chicks A Blazin-Kimbo With Class by Splash Bac) shows similar form as the two Joiner-trained geldings. He was off the board in two starts at Ruidoso Downs and then won a maiden race and a second-level allowance race at Zia Park.

The Victor Flores-Rodriguez-trained gelding was second behind An Absolut Diamond in their trial and recorded the third-fastest time of :19.089.