Jess Cruzin on By Tops Zia Derby Finalists

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Saturday's 400-yard trials will meet in the July 31 final at Ruidoso Downs.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Yaneth Cabrera's Jess Cruzin On By was all alone at the wire in the last of four 400-yard Zia Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Yaneth Cabrera’s Jess Cruzin On By is the fastest qualifier to the July 31, $163,843 Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Ivan Carnero for trainer Ron Stephens in the last of four trials on Saturday, Jess Cruzin On By defeated Silvers Moon Flash by 2 1/4 lengths in :19.843 for 400 yards. The homebred son of Jesse James Jr and the winning 10-year-old Woodbridge mare Woodbridge Duchess was winning for the fifth time in seven starts.

Jess Cruzin On By was making his first official start since November 1, when the colt ran seventh, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Chickaloni, in the 400-yard, $280,820 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park. The winner of last year’s New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park, he has earned $166,880.

Cabrera, Stevens and Carnero also teamed up to win the second heat with second-fastest qualifier A Blazin Flash. A gray son of Chicks A Blazin, the gelding defeated even-money favorite and eighth-fastest qualifier Datona Doll by 1 1/4 lengths for his fourth win in 13 outs.

A Blazin Flash was bred by Mike Abraham. Cabera acquired the colt for $13,000 at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale.

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