Maxx is Prompt Favorite in Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge

The fastest qualifier wins by three-quarters of a length on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Maxx earned his second stakes victory in Saturday's $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Irma Z. Vargas' Maxx, the fastest qualifier and even-money favorite in the full field of 10, sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Saturday's 400-yard, $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer Judd Kearl, Maxx stopped the timer in :19.613 while earning a 95 speed index. The brown son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon earned the $22,315 winner's share of the purse and a berth in the October 14 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Prairie Meadows.

Maxx was bred in Oklahoma by Jim Gubas, and he is out of Bullions N Garters, a homebred multiple graded stakes winning 16-year-old daughter of Bully Bullion. The gelding was coming off of a neck victory in the last of three trials on June 17.

Maxx has won five of 10 races and has earned $109,139. His two stakes victories include last year's 350-yard John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3), and he was a finalist in the 400-yard, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Rock About It finished second and was followed by Born to B Bad, Mbv Mvp, Stella Lou, Sinsational Tacha, Marseille, Riverside Revolution, Just A Little Wagon, and B Double U.

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