The Fiscal Cliff Draws Outside Post for Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge

The homebred colt is the morning-line favorite Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Tom Lepic's The Fiscal Cliff is one of 10 sophomores entered back in Saturday's $44,370 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge. PHOTO: Gay Harris

The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 400-yard, $44,370 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Kasey Willis, The Fiscal Cliff set the fastest qualifying time with his half-length victory in the first of two trials on June 17. The bay colt has earned $222,433 from 10 outs, and his three stakes wins include last year's $201,000 Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-breds at Prairie Meadows.

The Fiscal Cliff drew post 10 and will be ridden by Cesar Gomez. The colt's nine opponents include Birrell Farms' Bf Fooserageous, a multiple stakes winning homebred daughter of champion Foose trained by Wes Giles. The fourth-fastest qualifier, Bf Fooserageous is coming off of a Sunland Park spring campaign during which she ran second, a neck behind winner Good Job Honey, in the May 16, 400-yard West Texas Derby (G3).

Adrian Ramos will ride Bf Fooserageous from post 6.

The winner of the this race will earn a berth in the October 29, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
They Seis Im Quick (Omar Reyes), 9-2
My Mojito (Ivan Carnero), 20-1
Zoomin Racer (Jose Amador Alvarez), 15-1
Phoebesdynasty (Salvador Martinez), 10-1
Aventador (Jimmy Dean Brooks), 6-1
Bf Fooserageous (Adrian Ramos), 7-2
My Streakin La Jolla (Ricky Ramirez), 8-1
Zoobie Cartel (Esgar Ramirez), 12-1
Msg Wicked Hussy (Javier Martha), 30-1
The Fiscal Cliff (Cesar Gomez), 3-1

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