La Fiesta Futurity, Derby

La Fiesta Futurity, Derby

Restrictions, The Big Favorite score their first career stakes wins.

Restrictions. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Restrictions, a California-bred Seperate Interest gelding racing for J. Patricia Gonzalez and Patricia I. Acosta, sprinted to his first lifetime stakes victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $282,499 La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque Downs.

Prepped by Juan Gonzalez and ridden by Carlos Guillen Chacon, Restrictions stopped the timer in :19.845 while racing against a reported 15-mph head wind. The bay gelding banked $142,676 from his fourth win in seven outs.

Restrictions' winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Babes. The gelding was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California, and he was purchased for $40,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Restrictions is out of Little Talks, a homebred daughter of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel who won two graded stakes at Los Alamitos from 2015-16, including the 2015 Golden State Million Futurity (G1).

Restrictions was the fifth-fastest qualifier from four trials contested on September 11. Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, the gelding has earned $161,214, and he was a finalist in the May 22, 350-yard Four Corners Futurity at SunRay Park.

Lake Havasu finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Restrictions. KJ Wicked Wanda, fastest qualifier Dynasty Star V, KVN Empress, La Brujita Mayor, Chaposdashingbrother, and One Last Ya completed the order of finish.

Also on Sunday, second-fastest qualifier The Big Favorite was -- appropriately -- a prompt 7-5 favorite in the $175,908 La Fiesta Derby for 3-year-olds.

Trained by Wes Giles for owners Melvin Neugebauer and Susan Neugebauer and racing against a reported 15-mph head wind, The Big Favorite went 400 yards in :19.845, and his margin of victory was a neck from fastest qualifier and 3-1 second choice Alamo Lake. Adrian Ramos rode the brown son of Favorite Cartel.

The Big Favorite made his local debut with a clear two-length victory in one of three La Fiesta Derby trials on September 11. The gelding was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns, and he was a $40,000 yearling purchase at the 2020 Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The Big Favorite's dam, the A Classic Dash mare Classic Sassy Chic, won the 2002 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park and '03 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial California Breeders' Stakes (RG3) at Los Alamitos.

The Big Favorite has won four of 11 starts, and the $87,954 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes victory pushed his earnings to $146,743, of which $137,253 from seven races this season. The gelding was a finalist in June 11, 400-yard Ruidoso Derby (G1), and the July 23, 440-yard Rainbow Derby (G1), both at Ruidoso Downs.

Perfect Practice ran third and was followed by Apolitical Thunder, Witten 82, J Super Corona, Tempting Dreamgirl, KJ Brandy, and Glamazon.

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