PJ Chick In Black Wins Spring Futurity

Filly scores at Sunland Park to become first stakes winner for Desirio.

April 8, 2012

Fourth-fastest qualifier PJ Chick In Black drew clear to score a decisive one-length victory in Sunday’s New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-breds at Sunland Park. Sent off at 9-2, the filly became the first stakes winner sired by Desirio when she dashed 300 yards in :14.912 under jockey Esgar Ramirez. Carl Draper trains PJ Chick In Black for his wife, Fredda, who bred the filly and co-owns her with Denny Bowen.

PJ Chick In Black earned $118,139 for the victory to go with the $6,000 she banked in her racing debut with a victory in the trials.

PJ Chick In Black is the first starter out of the unraced Corona Cocktail mare Eddie Jym and the first stakes winner for the Strawfly Special stallion Desirio. The winner of the 2004 All American Juvenile Invitational (RG3), Desirio has sired 19 winners and the earners of more than $550,000, including this year’s Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) runner-up Deniro. The stallion, who is out of Grade 1 winner Lady Tenaya, stands at JEH Stallion Station Texas.

R.K. McGehee’s Junior June Bug, a colt by Jesse James Jr, got up to take second at odds of 8-1 with Freddie Martinez aboard for trainer Jackie Riddle. A dead heat was declared for third with Gary Thompson’s homebred Tombstone, a Get Down Perry gelding, and fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite Conn Creek, a Dash Ta Fame colt running for Paul Blanchard, finishing on even terms.