Jess Fire Chick Runs In Zia Derby Trials, Mine That Bird on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs

FILE - In this May 2, 2009 file photo, Calvin Borel rides Mine That Bird to a victory in the 135th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. These are great days for Louisville sports fans. The Cardinals gave the state its second straight NCAA basketball title while the women finished runner-up. Coach Rick Pitino was elected to the Hall of Fame. The football team won the Sugar Bowl. And the ride's not over. Next up: the Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Mike Abraham and Paul Blanchard’s Jess Fire Chick, a superb New Mexico-bred two-year-old last year, competing in the trials to the $197,725 Zia Derby for New Mexico-breds and a Mine That Bird Celebration combine on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.

First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission.

Dr. Leonard Blach and Mark Allen’s Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, will be available for viewing between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the east end of the grandstand. Posters and hats will be sold to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Mine That Bird will parade on the race track after the fifth race.

A reception in the All American Turf Club at 7 p.m. includes showing the movie 50-1, which profiles Mine That Bird and his improbable Kentucky Derby win. There will be a buffet and Mine That Bird’s connections will conduct a discussion.

Mine That Bird was also second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes to perform the rare feat of placing in each of the Triple Crown races.

The gelding will be inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame on Friday evening. For ticket information, call 575.378.7350.

The horses with the 10-fastest times from the five 400-yard trials to the Zia Derby qualify for the finals on July 28.

The Zia Derby offers the largest purse from 29 runnings.

Jess Fire Chick excels at Ruidoso Downs. Last summer, she showed her grit while winning the $346,000 Mountain Top Futurity by a head and then crossing the finish line first by one-and-one-half lengths in the Zia Futurity.

A $5,000 Ruidoso New Mexico-bred Yearling Sale purchase, Jess Fire Chick was rested over the winter and returned to action in an allowance race at Ruidoso Downs on June 1. She won by one-half length while in hand.

“That race put her back on her game,” trainer Wes Giles said. “Hopefully, that race is what she needed.”

Jess Fire Chick starts in the fourth trial. Adrian A. Ramos rides from the fifth post position.

The first trial features $325,000 New Mexico Breeders Futurity winner Legend of the Vine and $315,000 New Mexico Classic Futurity winner Woodys Copy Cat.

J & SM, Inc.’s Legend of the Vine was a $57,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase and has earned $170,802.

The Fred Danley-trained Legend of the Vine starts from the sixth post position with Ricky Ramirez aboard.

Enrique Barrera’s Woodys Copy Cat, a $4,700 Ruidoso New Mexico-bred Yearling Sale purchase, was also third in the Shue Fly Stakes and has earned $288,374.

Manuel Gutierrez rides Woodys Copy Cat with the 10th post position.

David Valdez and Byron Woodard’s No Mires a La Luna showed his class with a third-place run in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity after a trouble start. The gelding qualified for the Mountain Top Futurity and the Zia Futurity.

The K. Trey Ellis-trained No Mires a La Luna is in the second trial with the seventh post position. Raul Ramirez Jr. will be aboard.

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