Bigg Daddy Returns in Zia Derby Trials

The Big Daddy Cartel gelding will make his season debut at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Bigg Daddy will make his season debut in Saturday's Zia Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Bigg Daddy, a gelded son of Big Daddy Cartel owned by the Too For Too partnership, will make his 3-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Wes Giles, Bigg Daddy will be making his first start since September 4, when he ran second, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Fly Baby Fly, in the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1), Quarter Horse racing’s richest and most prestigious race. A $25,000 buy at the 2016 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the sorrel gelding has won four of eight starts, including last year’s 400-yard, $371,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-breds.

G.R. Carter Jr. will ride Bigg Daddy from post 3 in the fourth of five trials.

Other prominent New Mexico-bred sophomores entered in the Zia Derby trials include A Passion For Flashn, He Be Flashy, and Tempting Star Gazer. A son of champion First Moonflash trained by Martin Orona Sr. for owner RC Racing LLC, A Passion For Flashn is the 9-5 morning-line favorite and will be ridden by Raul Herrera from post 8 in the first heat. The colt, a $6,500 yearling purchase at the 2016 New Mexico-Bred Sale, has earned $276,776 from 14 outs, and his two stakes victories include a neck victory in last year’s 400-yard, $300,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.

He Be Flashy will be facing state-breds off of his third-place finish, a neck behind winner Wagon On Fire V, in the March 31, 400-yard West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. A $60,000 yearling buy at the 2016 New Mexico-Bred Sale, the gelded son of First Moonflash is trained by Kristi Petersen for owners Jack Manning, Beth Cobb, and Diane Norwood.

He Be Flashy drew post 3 and will be ridden by David Pinon in the second trial.

Tempting Star Gazer races for Jill B. Giles from the barn of trainer Wes Giles. A bay son of First Moonflash, the gelding has won his last two outs, including the 400-yard, $40,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park on May 11.

Tempting Star Gazer drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cipriano Vidana in the fifth heat.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 29, $150,000-est. Zia Derby final.

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