Fields Set for La Fiesta Derby, New Mexico State Fair Futurity

JM Country Man, Osbaldo Blue Diamond are the fastest qualifiers from Friday's trials at Albuquerque Downs.

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JM Country Man, a two-time stakes winner, on Friday posted the fastest qualifying time to this year's La Fiesta Derby at Albuquerque Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

JM Country Man, a stakes-winning son of Mr Jess Perry, is the fastest qualifier to the September 23, $75,000-added La Fiesta Derby at Albuquerque Downs.

Racing in the second of two 440-yard trials on Friday, JM Country Man defeated second-fastest qualifier Toretto by a half of a length in :21.276. Mauro Salcedo rode the Arkansas-bred gelding for owner J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, and trainer Cynthia Gonzalez.

Osbaldo Blue Diamond was all alone
at the wire in the first of six New
Mexico State Fair Futurity trials.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

JM Country Man has earned $151,979 from 11 starts, and his four wins include a one-length victory at odds of 21-1 in last year’s $224,558 La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque Downs.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Also on Friday, the field was set for the September 23, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses.

Osbaldo Blue Diamond, a homebred daughter of Osbaldo racing for Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico, and the fastest qualifier, won the first of six 400 yards trials by 1 1/4 lengths in :19.765. Luis Apodaca rode the gray filly for trainer Javier Roman Jr.

Osbaldo Blue Diamond has won two of eight starts and has banked $43,334, and her resume includes a second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner WDC Woody B Fast, in the May 14, $110,213 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3), the richest race at the 2017 SunRay Park meet in Farmington.

The third heat produced four finalists, including second-fastest qualifier Riverside Flash.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Live racing resumes at Albuquerque Downs with a 10-race card on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (MDT). Saturday’s program features four 400-yard La Fiesta Quarter Horse Futurity trials and two 6-furlong New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials.

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