Strykr Force Tops La Fiesta Futurity Trials

The No Secrets Here gelding wins the second of four trials on Saturday.

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Jesus Carrete's Strykr Force, a $5,500 yearling buy at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale in California, is the fastest qualifier to the $100,000-added La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Strykr Force, a gelded son of 2006 All American Futurity (G1) winner No Secrets Here owned and trained by Jesus Carrete, is the fastest qualifier to the September 24, $100,000-added La Fiesta Quarter Horse Futurity at Albuquerque Downs.

Ridden by Agustin Silva and sent to post as the odds-on favorite, Strykr Force on Saturday won the second of four 400-yard trials by 2 1/4 lengths from eighth-fastest qualifier Legacist in :19.469. The Washington-bred gelding was coming off of a 1 1/4-length win in a 400-yard, $16,000 maiden-special-weight dash at Albuquerque Downs on July 29.

Strykr Force was bred by Malon L. Cowgill, a longtime breeder in the northwestern U.S. The gelding was purchased as a yearling for $5,500 at last year’s Los Alamitos Equine Sale at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Other noteworthy La Fiesta finalists include second-fastest qualifier Seminole Senator and third-fastest qualifier High Rate Of Motion. Trained by Justin Joiner and ridden by Salvador Martinez for owners Joe David Yates, Richard Young, Richard T. Sturdevant, and Terry Wootan, Seminole Senator won the fourth heat, which produced five of the 10 qualifiers, by a nose from High Rate Of Motion in :19.577.

Seminole Senator has won two of six starts, including the June 18, 350-yard Four Corners Futurity at SunRay Park.

Joiner also trains High Rate Of Motion for the High Rate Partners 2017 ownership group. The Louisiana-bred gelding was coming off of a summer campaign during which he qualified to the June 11, $800,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Live racing resumes at Albuquerque Downs with a 10-race card on Sunday, topped by the 400-yard, $50,000 Balloon City Stakes for fillies and mares and three 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Derby (R) trials. First post time is 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

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