Maxx is Morning-Line Choice in Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge

The fastest qualifier will be seeking his second stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Maxx, pictured here winning a 2016 Evangeline Downs Futurity trial, drew post 3 for Saturday's Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Maxx, a brown son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon campaigned by Irma Z. Vargas, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's 400-yard, $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

The fastest qualifier, Maxx is trained by reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl. The gelding is coming off of a neck victory as the odds-on favorite in the last of three trials on June 17. All told, Maxx has earned won four of nine races and has earned $80,699, and he was a finalist in last year's 400-yard, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Maxx drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez. His nine opponents include Rockin J Running Horses' Rock About It. The third-fastest qualifier and a finalist in the June 3, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park, Rock About It is a sorrel son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Tammy Johnson.

Rock About It drew post 7 and will be ridden by Benito Baca.

The winner of this race will earn a berth in the October 14 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Prairie Meadows. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Stella Lou (G.R. Carter Jr.), 12-1
Riverside Revolution (Cipriano Vidana), 30-1
Maxx (Jose Alvarez), 2-1
Just A Little Wagon (Adrian Ramos), 15-1
Sinsational Tacha (Mauro Salcedo), 20-1
Mbv Mvp (Ricky Ramirez), 6-1
Rock About It (Benito Baca), 7-2
Marseille (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 15-1
B Double U (Agustin Silva), 8-1
Born To Be Bad (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 9-2

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