Dauns First Desirio Wins Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

The gelding was a prompt odds-on favorite Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

Q-Racing Journal

The decision to scratch Dauns First Desirio out of Saturday's Altoona Derby paid dividends, as the Desirio gelding won the Grade 3, $180,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Cesar Gomez rode odds-on favorite Dauns First Desirio to the gelding's first official stakes victory in the $180,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Prairie Meadows on Saturday.

Prepped by Julio Corral for owner Rogelio Carbajal Santos, Dauns First Desirio earned a 102 speed index while covering 400 yards on a sloppy and sealed track in :19.397 and defeating 16-1 longshot Faster Than Hasta by a head. The $82,800 winner's share of the purse increased the bay Desirio gelding's bankroll to $126,885, of which $113,256 has been pocketed this season.

Dauns First Desirio was the fastest qualifier to Saturday's Altoona Derby, but the gelding's connections scratched out of that race. The gelding was bred in Texas by Dan and Jolene Urschel, and he is out of First Daun Express, a daughter of the First Down Dash stallion First Down Express. His second dam, the stakes-winning Tripoli Jet mare Ettagos Express, ran third in the 1985 Sophomore Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Dauns First Desirio was coming off of a convincing two-length victory in his Altoona Derby trial. He crossed the wire first in the September 16, $46,000 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge but was disqualified and placed third. All told, the gelding hsa won five of 11 starts, and his season resume includes a second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Movin The Doe, in the August 12, 400-yard Arapahoe Park Derby.

Kowboy Jim finished third, a head behind runner-up Faster Than Hasta. Gustafame, Ls Prince, Jc Wild Rose, Eye Eye Captain, Rock About It, Genuine Version, and Downside Embezzler completed the order of finish.

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