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Pajarita Sita Tops Ruidoso Challenge Trials

Fastest 3-year-olds will return to New Mexico track for June 29 final.

June 14, 2013

Chin Lee’s Pajarita Sita sped to a daylight win in the first of three trials to establish the fastest qualifying time to the Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Friday afternoon.

The 10 fastest 3-year-olds from the trials qualify to race in the 400-yard final on June 29.

A daughter of Pappasito, Pajarita Sita covered the 400 yards in :19.345 to win by an easy 1 ¼ lengths under Tanner Thedford.

Pajarita Sita raced to her third straight win by taking her Adequan Challenge trial. At Sunland Park, she won a $20,000 optional-claiming race and then took a $35,000 allowance race, each at 350 yards.

Nancy McCoy’s Coronas Ice Maiden, second to Pajarita Sita in their trial, was the second-fastest qualifier with a :19.540 mark. The Paul Jones-trained daughter of Wave Carver won her only start as a 2-year-old and has a Sunland Park allowance win from three tries this year.

To view a complete list of qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys, click here.