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                                Adequan Mexico Derby Challenge
by Luis Prieto Zamudio, translation by Eduardo Silveyra
  Halfway through the racing season, the Reacher 16 name is already very familiar at the Hipodromo de las Américas. Of his five
starts on the track in 2019, he started with
a fourth, then a second, and now with three consecutive first place finishes in the Easily A Possum Classic, the AMCCCCM Classic and now the Adequan Mexico Derby Challenge, where the first two form a part of the Mexican Quarter Horse Triple Crown. Now on the
eve of the Las Americas Derby (formerly the Mexican Derby) on July 28, if won, would turn her into the “Triple Crowned,” a distinction that was last earned by the colt Nowurtalkin in 2011 and the filly Drop Of Corona in 2009.
Prior to her next race, Reacher 16 was entered to the Adequan Mexico Derby Challenge, a 400-yard test with a purse of $690,477 pesos, equivalent to $35,728 US, allocated to the 10 participants. She had as rival nine 3-year-old runners due to last-minute scratching of Chief Moonflash.
The race had several incidents. The occupants of gates 5, 6 and 7 were boxed in twice, first by the outward movement of Conviviality (#4), who was disqualified from seventh to tenth place, and then by Victorease (#9), who moved inwards and prevented them from making their race.
Reacher 16 (#10) was free of those traffic prob- lems and got to the finish first, with only Carters
Calyx (#11) and Coronado Amber (#2) offering resistance and finishing second and third place, respectively .
Rider Martín Hernández Bautista and Reacher 16 crossed the finish line 1 3/4-lengths in front with a time of :19.52, for a 95 speed index.
It was undoubtedly an
emotional race for the team of
the winner, led by her owner
Jorge Alfredo Jiménez Padilla
and family, as well as trainer José Eduardo Baltazar Carmona, because it encouraged the hope of winning (within four weeks) the final race to obtain the triple crown, of which 12 individuals are already nominated.
This is the sixth win for Reacher 16 in
nine starts, plus two seconds and a third place finish. Always in the money, but mostly win- ning. She added to her earnings $317,619 pesos ($16,435 U.S.), to total more than 1 million 243 thousand pesos.
Bred in the United States by James E. & Marilyn Helzer, Reacher 16 is the daughter of the stallion Inseperable and out of Tinys Corona Queen (by Corona Cartel), and runs in the name of Cuadra Victoria MC. Tinys Corona Queen was named the 2018
Speedhorse Broodmare of the Year, where her daugh- ters and sons who have won stakes include Lynnder 16, First Of 15, Hardtoget, and the aforementioned Reacher 16. Tinys Corona Queen is also the dam of the veteran Apollitical Man, winner of multiple races, the last being the Indiana Championship Stakes on October 21, 2017.
The filly Carters Calyx (Carters Cartel-Confidential Run) finished
in second assisted by Mario Alberto López Marmolejo for Cuadra Los Arrallanes and trainer Luis Eduardo Flores Gómez.
In third place was the filly Coronado Amber (Coronado Cartel-First Lady Amber), owned
by Cuadra Los Estrada, mounted by Demetrio Gamboa and saddled by Nicolás Otamendi Vivar.
The remaining positions were occupied in the following order: VH Ice (Valiant Hero–Icy Valentine), Shazam B (Freighttrain B–Sheza Lilbituino), Victorease (One Famous Eagle– All Bout Ease), First Kool Dynasty (FDD Dynasty–First Kool Money), DF Medford (Apollitical Jess–Parkers Vespa), Amazing Grays (Foose–BR Regal Gal), and disqualified Conviviality (Captain Courage–MS Jingles).
Hipodromo de las Americas $35,728 • 400 yards :19.52 • si 95
A Delightful Legacy
REACHER 16, ‘16-f.
Corona Cartel
Tinys Corona Queen
Tiny First Effort
      Reacher 16 wins his third consecutive stakes under Martín Hernández Bautista. 202 SPEEDHORSE, August 2019
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