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Fancee Gets First Career Stakes Win In $30,000 Rita Danley Distaff at Ruidoso Downs Saturday
Fanncee, under jockey Adrian, came home an easy one-length winner in the $30,000 Rita Danley Distaff Saturday at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

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Fancee Gets First Career Stakes Win In $30,000 Rita Danley Distaff at Ruidoso Downs Saturday

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 25, 2022–In her first start of the season the royally-bred Fancee got her first career stakes win on Saturday when she won the $30,000 Rita Danley Distaff Stakes for 3-year-old & up New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Ruidoso Downs.

Under jockey Adrian Ramos, Fancee drew off to a one-length winning margin while completing the 350 yards in :17.451 seconds. She clocked a 95 speed index into a 10 mph headwind over a "sloppy" racing surface.

Crown N Royal Gal and Hearts Mystic Rime dead-heated for second.

Trainer Wesley T. Giles saddled the homebred daughter of leading New Mexico sire Big Daddy Cartel for owner-breeder MJ Farms.

It was the mare’s first start since a second-place finish last summer in the Zia Derby(RG2) at Ruidoso Downs. Today's $18,000 winner's purse boosted Fancee's earnings total to $161,428. She was also second in the Mountain Top QH Derby and the New Mexico State Fair Futurity(RG3).

Fancee is out of the AQHA Racing champion filly Astica, a daughter of multiple stakes sire Jesses James Jr. MJ Farms also bred the mare's grandam, champion filly Alice K White and her great-granddam the multiple graded stakes winner Champagne Lane.

Hearts Mystic Rime and Crown N Royal Gal each earned $3,000 for their dead-heat for the place position in the Rita Danley Distaff.

Trainer Kenneth Grisham saddled Hearts Mystic Rime for owner Luis Perez. Brian Barraza had the riding call aboard the Hearts Miracle 4-year-old out of Mystic Rime by Major Rime. Bred by Osvaldo Perez, Hearts Mystic Rime has earned $63,298 in 11 starts.

Crown N Royal Gal race for owner-trainer Jaime G. Aldavaz, Sr. Fred Danley bred the 5-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr from the First Moonflash mare First Cowgirl Flash. Jockey Noe Garcia Jr. rode the $112,050 earner.

Jess To Reel, Kellys First Moon, Icy Morning Breeze, Dream Lucky Charm, Sweet Zulu and Famous Julia completed the field.