Mojo Perry Draws Rail Post for Grade 3 West Texas Derby

The fastest qualifier is the 7-2 morning-line favorite at Sunland Park.

Mojo Perry, pictured here winning her Ruidoso Futurity trial last May, is the fastest qualifier to Saturday's West Texas Derby at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Gay Harris

LMG Racing’s Mojo Perry, a sorrel daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and the fastest qualifier, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 400-yard, $162,600 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park.

A $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Sale, Mojo Perry is trained by Chris Zamora, who as a jockey rode Deuces Nonnegotiable to a victory in the 2005 West Texas Derby (G2). The filly is coming off of a convincing 1 3/4-length victory in the third of five West Texas Derby trials on March 10.

Mojo Perry has won three of 11 starts and has banked $71,797, and she was a finalist in last year’s Ruidoso (G1) and West Texas (G2) futurities. Salvador Martinez will ride Mojo Perry on Saturday.

Other contenders include Eaglelistic, a gelded son of Flyingwitheagles trained by Cody Reynolds for owner Donnie E. Johnson. Eaglelistic has earned $50,068 from nine outs, and he is coming off of a 2-year-old season during which he ran third in both the Hobbs America (G2) and Four Corners futurities.

Eaglelistic drew post 3 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Mojo Perry (Salvador Martinez), 7-2
Wild Mares Milk (Esgar Ramirez), 4-1
Eaglelistic (Mauro Salcedo), 8-1
Bella Faccia (Jesse Levario), 12-1
Tarrant (Jose Luis Enriquez), 10-1
Famouseagletime (Adrian Ramos), 10-1
Attack The Wind (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 6-1
Groupie James (Oscar Cordova), 10-1
Dash Ta Desirio (Raul Herrera), 8-1
Always Ifs (Cody Jensen), 5-1

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