Wild Mares Milk Takes West Texas Derby

The filly wins by a neck at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Reigning AQHA champion jockey Esgar Ramirez rode Wild Mares Milk to the filly's first stakes win in Saturday's West Texas Derby. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Wild Mares Milk, a homebred bay daughter of Desirio racing for J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, sprinted to a neck victory in the West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park on Saturday.

Ridden by Esgar Ramirez for trainer Fred Danley, Wild Mares Milk covered 400 yards in :19.400 and posted a 93 speed index. The $76,427 winner's share of the $162,609 purse bumped the filly's earnings to $110,238.

Wild Mares Milk recorded the second-fastest qualifying time when she scored a neck win in the fourth of five West Texas Derby trials on March 10. The filly is out of Kellies Feature, a homebred winning 11-year-old mare by Feature Mr Jess.

Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Wild Mares Milk has won three of her six starts. Last summer, she was a finalist in the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Eaglelistic finished second and was followed by Always Ifs, fastest qualifier Mojo Perry, Dash Ta Desirio, Famouseagletime, Groupie James, Attack The Wind, and Bella Faccia. Sixth-fastest qualifier Tarrant was scratched.

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