Mi Amor Secreto Wins Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge

The chestnut son of The Louisiana Cartel was a prompt favorite on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Kelly Perez's Mi Amor Secreto, a lightly campaigned homebred son of The Louisiana Cartel, earned his first stakes victory on Saturday. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Mi Amor Secreto, the fastest qualifier and 11-10 favorite in a field of 10 3-year-olds, sprinted to a three-quarter length win in the $68,220 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.

Prepped by Marcos Carrizales for owner Kelly Perez, Mi Amor Secreto covered 400 yards in :20.102 while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. Santos Carrizales rode the homebred son of The Louisiana Cartel.

Mi Amor Secreto was bred in Texas. The chestnut gelding has won three of six starts, and his resume includes a secon-place finish, a head behind winner Zaire, in the 350-yard, $96,000 Sam Houston Maiden Classic at Sam Houston Race Park on April 14.

The Perez and Carrizales families have been close friends for nearly 20 years, and they've been patient with Mi Amor Secreto.

"He is still growing and maturing," said Perez of Mi Amor Secreto. "I think he'll prefer 440 yards."

Mi Amor Secreto will be pointed to the 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials on August 19. In addition to earning the $31,382 winner's share of the purse to push his bankroll to $50,660, the gelding landed a berth in this year's Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos.

Corona Ranger, SC Vapor Trail, Walcott, Vallerro, Seminole Senator, Famous Joker, Senator Fast Jack, JD Wagon Boss, and Feature Me Gorgeous completed the order of finish.

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