Q-Racing Blog: Giles on Arizona Roll

Q-Racing Blog: Giles on Arizona Roll

When life gives you lemons, you find a way to make lemonade.

Day Thuggin wins a trial for the 2021 Desert Classic Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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By Ty Wyant

New Mexico-based trainer Wes Giles knows how to find opportunity. He just packs up some 2-year-olds and makes an impact on futurities at Turf Paradise.

During a normal year – whatever  that is – Giles  would be pointing at the West Texas Futurity and the New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park. Giles decided to go to Turf Paradise after the Sunland Park season was called off due to COVID-19 concerns.

Giles has two West Texas Futurity wins and two wins in the New Mexican Spring Futurity for New Mexico-breds.

This year, Giles is running five horses in the $60,610 Desert Classic Futurity (a race for participating stallions) and two horses in the $89,391 AQRA Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity. They all made their first starts in the trials.

Each of those races run on April 28.

“I came to Turf Paradise because it is the closest to Frontera (where he trains his horses and is located near Sunland Park),” Giles said. “The big stables are at Remington Park and I went to Turf Paradise. I came for schooling instead of the Ruidoso schooling races. It’s all about getting ready for Ruidoso.”

Giles saddled the top three qualifiers from his five Desert Classic Futurity finalists. His qualifiers are Day Thuggin, BF Shes Outrageous, Tickle The Nickel, Run Time and Boneta Flat.

They are each by Big Daddy Cartel, who sired eight of the finalists. The gray son of Corona Cartel stands at owner MJ Farms’ facility at Veguita, New Mexico, and has to date sired the earners of more than $9.4 million.

Jason Giles’ fastest-qualifier, Day Thuggin, battled with second fastest-qualifier BF Shes Outrageous in the third of three trials. Day Thuggin got up in the final few strides to get the nose win.Day Thuggin was timed in :15.652, while Kevin Burrell’s BF Shes Outrageous turned in a :15.659 clocking.

Jill Giles and Kathy Lee’s Tickle The Nickel bore in at the start and still went to the early lead. She then accelerated in the last half of her trial to prevail with a convincing one-half-length win in :15.779.

Ezra Elton Lee’s homebred Run Time impressed while racing from the outside post position. She had plenty of racing room and showed her potential while pulling out to a 1 1/4-length win under a hand ride. She was timed in :15.872 for the sixth-fastest qualifying time.

Drew Swasey’s homebred Boneta Flat was in against third-fastest qualifier Tickle The Nickel and ran a race that she can build upon. She finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Tickle The Nickel with the ninth-fastest qualify time of :16.052.

In the Spring Futurity, Giles is represented by a pair of Apollitical Jess offspring, KJ Desparado and Apollitical Showoff.

Owned by John W. Lee, Kathy Lee and Ruben Mares, KJ Desparado ran a race that he probably needed. He went to the lead and then was run down by fastest-qualifier B In Excess. KJ Desparado settled for second with a :15.733 time.

Darian Burt’s homebred Apollitical Showoff was never in the hunt for the win, as second-fastest qualifier HS Hawk ran off to a dominating 2-length win. Apollitical Showoff finished fourth – just two noses from second place – with  the eighth-fastest qualifying time of :15.829.

Giles had a successful first step toward Ruidoso futurities. Now are the finals at Turf Paradise and then point to Ruidoso.

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