Sicario tops Blue River Derby trials

Sicario and Jockey Cristian Esqueda made it a perfect three for three on the year with the fastest time in the Blue River Derby Trials Saturday, July 8. The trials were part of an evening dedicated to the sprinters and Sicario will advance to the $100,000 final of the Blue River Derby Saturday, July 29 with his time of :19.897 over 400 yards.


Sicario and Cristian Esqueda turned in the fastest trial time for the Blue River Derby Saturday, July 8. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post three in the nine-horse field, Sicario didn’t have the greatest start but recovered quickly to keep himself in the race. Dnachrystalsfighter and Rodney Prescott got the early calls in the 400 yard dash but in the end, it was Sicario who kicked into gear to win the race by a half-length over Dnachrystalsfighter. Sixes Royal Opener and Jose Santos rallied up nicely for third.

 Owned by Adriana Almanza and trained by Julio Almanza, Sicario paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 across the board as the heavy favorite. The Indiana bred son of Jumpn Chic is now four for eight during his career with a bankroll of more than $50,000, all accumulated at Indiana Grand.

 In the other Blue River Derby Trials, last year’s Indiana freshman champion CB Come Fly With Me was strong under the direction of jockey Rolando Pina. The Desirio daughter had some bumping to deal with out of the gate but once she got straightened out, she was on her way in true fashion, rallying home for the win by one length in a time of :19.906 seconds, the second fastest of the trials. CB Come Fly With Me, owned by Carolyn Bruce and trained by Joe Davis, earned her first win of 2017 and will be primed and ready for the Blue River Derby Final. The win also gave Davis and Pina their third of the night. Both are atop the standings in their respective categories for leading Quarter Horse trainer and jockey this season at Indiana Grand.

 The third trial for the Blue River Derby was won by HH Kentucky Krome and Oscar Macias in a battle to the wire. The Paul Martin-trained gelding nosed out a flurry of horses at the wire for the win in a time of :20.108.

 The top 10 horses advancing to the Blue River Derby final, with jockey and time, includes: Sicario (Cristian Esqueda, :19.897); CB Come Fly With Me (Rolando Pina, :19.906); Dnachrystalsfighter (Rodney Prescott, :19.968); Sixes Royal Opener (Jose Santos, :20.069); HH Kentucky Krome (Oscar Macias, :20.108); American Cowgirl 42 (Juan Galvan, :20.109); Kid Cartel (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :20.120); Heisasgoodasheis (Rolando Pina, :20.121); Zoomin B Cartel (Berkley Packer, :20.123); and Chics Dirty Secret (Berkley Packer, :20.163). Trainer Randy Smith will saddle three in the final while Davis will saddle two for the title of the 15th running of the $100,000 Blue River Derby.

 The remaining all-Quarter Horse racing dates for 2017 include Saturday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Sept. 16, Saturday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 21.