Paint My Pilot Flies in Dash For Cash Derby
The $68,000 yearling buy gets his first stakes win on Saturday.
September 30, 2017
Second-fastest qualifier Paint My Pilot, a brown son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Double A Ranch Inc., led at every call to win Saturday's 440-yard, $213,200 Dash For Cash Derby (G3) at Lone Star Park.
Ridden by Yordanis Amaro and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Paint My Pilot covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.632, and his margin of victory was a neck from 23-1 longshot JA Big Bad Gol. Jorge Gonzalez trained the Louisiana-bred colt, who was winning for the fourth time in 10 starts and earning his first stakes victory.
Paint My Pilot was bred by Grant Farms LLC and was a $68,000 buy at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The colt is out of Ms Pilot Point, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Splash Bac, and he is a half brother to 2010 All American Futurity (G1) winner Mr Piloto.
"It ws a loving thing when I saw this horse (at the sale)," said Argello Aguayo of Double A Ranch. "Something told me to go for him, so I did. This horse knows he's going to go and win. You can't see any other horse beating him. He's a superior horse."
The runner-up to A Revenant in last year's Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, Paint My Pilot has banked $325,868 while racing in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Rock About It, Gianni Que, fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite Eagle Cry, Like A Denali, Mia Kine, Koolnfamous, Immortal Saboteur, and Carmel Diamond completed the official order of finish.
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