Brix Sets Pace in West Texas Derby

Wave Carver gelding lines up in West Texas Derby.

Q-Racing Journal

Brix makes his stakes debut as the fastest qualifier to the $160,577 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park on Saturday afternoon. He’s owned by 21 Partnership.

Brix (Wave Carver-Tender Flyer by Strawfly Special) returned to action after a nearly six-month layoff in the second of five trials and responded with a half-length win in :19.099 for 400 yards. It was his first start with trainer Gene Burden.

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Burden also saddles fourth-fastest qualifier BP Painted Mariah (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Dashing Mariah by First Down Dash) and 10th-fastest qualifier Heza Mighty Fury (Furyofthewind-Eyesa Special Doll by Eyesa Special).

Richard Ford’s Famous Edge Of Glory (One Famous Eagle-Shake Em Rita Ballou by Royal Shake Em) finished in a dead heat for second in the $140,583 Sunland Winter Futurity (G2) and then held off BP Painted Mariah to win his West Texas Derby trial by a neck with the second-fastest time of :19.141.

Gilberto Flores’ Bye Bye Eagle Eye (One Famous Eagle-Ally Kazaam by Shazoom) is after his second major victory of the Sunland Park season. The Mike Joiner-trained colt stretched out to win the Sunland Winter Futurity by a dominating 2 1/2 lengths. He then finished second to Brix in their trial as the even-money favorite with the third-fastest time of :19.176.

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