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PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 26, 2012—Trainer Matthew Fales saddled the winner's of both the AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity and the AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby on Friday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity
In the $44,275 AQRA President's Open Spring Futurity Martha Well's homebred Phone Tag bounced off a fourth place effort in the trials to defeat fastest qualifier Jess So Happens by a head.
Caracortada finished another head back in the show position for owner/breeder Ramon Vejar. John Ashby trains the Azoom colt out of Classy Judgette, by Judge Cash. Michael Ybarra was aboard to earn $4,428.
Completing the futurity field were Flashs Best Splash, One Fantastic Chick, Fire Thorn, Jo Jo Hot, Hotrod Girl, Daisy To Go and Yn Red Diablo.
AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby
In the AQRA Presidents Spring Open Derby trainer Matthew Fales saddled the lightly raced Cuz I Say So to her first career stakes win. Under jockey Joe Ruiz, the First Down Dash filly completed her 350 yard task in a quick :17.704 seconds, a 97 speed index, to win by 1 ¼ lengths. It was the third win in five starts for the sorrel miss and the $17,480 winner's purse boosted her career total to $23,434.
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Fastest qualifier Quick To Boogie earned $6,992 for finishing second. Gilberto Hernandez saddled the Royal Blue Chew Chew gelding for owner Carlos Pelayo.
Higinio Avilez' Diablos Cartel finished a nose back in the third. The Teller Cartel gelding is still a maiden after eight career starts but finished on the board three times. Tomas Moreno trains with Luis Gutierrez, Jr. riding. Corina Molina bred the black gelding in Arizona from the Takin On The Cash mare Fb Kokopelli.
Lady By The Bay, One Flying Eagle, Black Storm Regard, Ravine, Sixsito, Corona For Everybody and Viva La Blue completed the derby field.