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 New Mexico State Fair QH Juvenile (R)
Photos by Coady Photography
 Dash Ta Fame
 Champagne Lane
  Start Somethin Bad
  Wood Be Bad, a bay son of Woodbridge campaigned by Rancho El 48 LLC, was a prompt 8-5 favorite in the October 15, 400- yard New Mexico State Fair Juvenile Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses.
Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer James Gonzales III, Wood Be Bad defeated 13-1 longshot Jumpn Runn by a half of a length in :19.494. The gelding earned a 95 speed index and the $58,000 winner’s share of a $100,000 purse.
Wood Be Bad was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and he was purchased by Rancho El 48 for $80,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding’s sire, Woodbridge, is an unraced son of the First Down Dash stallion Dash Ta Fame and the multiple graded stakes winning Lanes Leinster mare Champagne Lane.
A half-brother to 2009 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Alice K White, Woodbridge has sired the earners of more than $5.2 million, including multiple graded stakes winner and 2019 All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Mister Riptide, multiple graded stakes winner Woodys Gold, and graded stakes winners Woodys Copy Cat, Carson City Girl and Woodys Allstar. The stallion is owned by and stands at MJ Farms.
Wood Be Bad is out of Start Somethin Bad, a 9-year-old daughter of the Corona
Cartel stallion Pappasito who won the 2017 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos Racecourse. The gelding is a half-brother
to 2023 Zia Derby (RG2) winner and 2022 All American Futurity (G1) finalist Doing Something Good, and Doin Something Right, who earlier at Albuquerque Downs on October 15 won the 400-yard, $60,000 New Mexico State Fair Sophomore Stakes (R).
Wood Be Bad’s second dam, Letsgetitstarted, is a daughter of the Tolltac stallion Splash Bac. The gelding’s third dam, Shirleys Signature, was an unplaced daughter of The Signature who produced stakes winner Just Wanna Be Me, a half-sister to Letsgetitstarted and the dam of stakes winner Tortuga Tony.
Wood Be Bad traces back to this fourth dam, Shirley B Gayle, a daughter of Shirley’s Champion (TB) who won the 1983 Golden State Derby (G1) at Bay Meadows and raced in that season’s Grade 1, 440-yard Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos.
Wood Be Bad was winning for the third time in four outs and increasing his bankroll
to $110,039. Earlier this season, the gelding
ran third as the sixth-fastest qualifier, a neck behind winner Crispyn, in the 300-yard, $366,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles at Sunland Park.
Bigg Deal finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Wood Be Bad, and was
followed by Wish For A King, M Eye Six, Hide My Wine, KJ Hardtookiss Two, Bigg Picture, Honey Be Vike and Grafity.
Jumpn Runn pocketed the $20,000 runner-up share of the purse for his owner, CHR Racing, which purchased the gelded son of the Chicks Beduino stallion Jumpn Chic as a yearling for $9,000 at last year’s New Mexico- Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Jumpn Runn has won two of six races and has earned $57,358, and he was a finalist in the May 20, $254,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Bigg Deal races for J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, which bought the Big Daddy Cartel filly for $130,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Bigg Deal has won one of five starts and has banked $18,165.
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