Mister Big Looms Large in Adequan Derby

Sophomores promise a tough race in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal

Jerry Windham’s homebred Mister Big tries for his fifth-straight win and his third stakes victory of his current hot streak when he starts in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

Mister Big (Shazoom-Jess An Illusion by Mr Jess Perry) started his winning streak back in June when he won his trial to the $48,589 TQHA Sires Cup Derby (R). He then overcame a bump in the TQHA Sires Cup Derby and took command midway through the race before pulling away to the one-length win.

The gelding came back in the trials $58,680 Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge and battled to a head win in his trial. In the 400-yard finals, Mister Big made a late run from the ninth post position to win by an expanding three quarters of a length. That win earned him a trip to Prairie Meadows for the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship where he will race for trainer Charley Hunt.

Gregorio Garza’s Daytona B (First Down Dash-Dashing Pana by Toast To Dash) is another hot horse in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship after making a couple of starts at Prairie Meadows and winning the $40,680 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge in his latest start. The Rolando Almanza-trained gelding outclassed the field with the one-half length win. Sizzlin Mr Perry made a late bid, however never seriously threatened Daytona B.

Daytona B was winless in three starts as a two-year-old before stepping up to the stakes ranks this year. He was second by a head behind Mister Big in the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3) back in April and then third in the $138,000 Firecracker Derby.

The Rodrigo Covarrubias-owned and -trained Spit N Salt (Spit Curl Jess-Salty And Steady (TB) by Salt Lake) has won two of three starts at Prairie Meadows and has won his two latest starts, capped by the $42,000 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge on September 28. The gelding went off as the 13-10 favorite and lived up to expectations with a dominating one-and-one-half length win. Covarrubias made a savvy move when he claimed Spit N Salt for $6,250 in May at Remington Park.

Brad and Ann Tate’s homebred Wicked Valentine (One Famous Eagle-Only The Wicked by First Down Dash) earned his spot in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship with a neck win in the $40,000 Adequan Arapahoe Park Derby Challenge. Trainer Hunt prepared the gelding for the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship with a neck win in a $12,000 allowance win at Prairie Meadows on August 31, his latest start.

Last year at Prairie Meadows, Wicked Valentine was second by a neck in the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge.

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