New Mexico State Fair Derby Preview

New Mexico State Fair Derby Preview

The streaking River Flash draws post 6 for Sunday's 400-yard, $287,844 stakes at Albuquerque Downs.

River Flash. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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River Flash (pictured), a homebred son of Chicks Regard racing for Robert M. Driggers and Ben Lee Ivey, will put his six-race win streak on the line in Sunday’s 400-yard, $287,844 New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs.

River Flash began his current streak with a three-quarter length victory at odds of 13-1 in the 400-yard, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park on April 24. The gray gelding’s streak includes wins in the 350-yard, $163,000 Mountain Top Derby (R) on June 18, and the 400-yard, $174,000 Zia Derby (RG2) on August 6, both at Ruidoso Downs.

River Flash has won all three of his outs at Albuquerque Downs. The gelding drew post 6 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Wes Giles.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Hs Golden Eagle (Jacob Enriquez), 10-1
Miriam La Rebelde (Agustin Silva), 12-1
Holland Rock (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 8-1
Papi Grande Cartel (Emilio Tapia), 20-1
BF Shes Outrageous (Cordarelton J. Benn), 25-1
River Flash (Adrian Ramos), 5-2
Cowboy Zulu (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 9-2
JC New Dawn (Daniel Torres), 5-1
Big Crush BB (Christian Ramos), 15-1
LMG First Call (Sergio Dominguez), 7-2

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