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                 GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR
 Gillespie County Fair Derby
Photos by Cypress Girl Photography
 Big Daddy Cartel
 Corona Cartel
 Miss Racy Eyes
 Curlie Cue
  First Down Dash
 Girl In The Curl
  The co-fastest qualifier from three trials run on August 13, Emmanuel Villarreal’s Ganadero won the August 26, $94,100 Gillespie County Fair Derby at Fredericksburg, Texas.
Ganadero covered 350 yards in :17.453 while aided by a reported 25-mph tail wind, and his margin of victory was a head from JL Apollitical Miss. Nestor Duran rode the gray son of Big Daddy Cartel for trainer Juan Diaz Jr.
Ganadero was bred in New Mexico
by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, and he was purchased as a yearling by Villarreal for $14,000 at the 2021 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs.
The gelding’s sire, Big Daddy Cartel, is a winning 14-year-old son of Corona Cartel. Racing at Ruidoso Downs in 2011, the stallion earned $121,800 from five starts and was a finalist in the Grade 1 All American and Rainbow futurities.
From eight crops, Big Daddy Cartel has sired the earners of more than $18.5 million, including multiple graded stakes winner and 2017 All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Bigg Daddy, and multiple
graded stakes winner Cat Daddys Lil Girl. He is owned by and stands for a $7,000 fee at MJ Farms.
Ganadero is out of Curlie Cue, a stakes- winning 14-year-old daughter of 1987 world champion First Down Dash. The gelding
is a half-brother to AR Dashin Waggin, a stakes winner in Mexico.
Ganadero’s second dam, the unraced In Excess (IRE) (TB) mare Girl In The Curl, produced Girlrilla, a stakes-winning full sister to Curlie Cue. The gelding traces back to his third dam, In The Curl (TB), a multiple stakes winning daughter of Shelter Half and the dam of Runaway Wave, the dam of world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.
Campaigned in three states, including New Mexico and Oklahoma, Ganadero
has won three of 10 races, and the $32,935 winner’s share of the purse from his first stakes score pushed his bankroll to $52,557, of which $49,245 has been earned from five outs this season.
Mad Tool finished third, a neck behind Ganadero, and was followed by Kartendo Fast Dash, co-fastest qualifier Feature Five
Bar, Over The Moonin, At Ease, Apollitical Runner and Aint I A Jumping.
Runner-up JL Apollitical Miss is a gray daughter of Apollitical Blood racing for Josefina Guzman. A $19,000 purchase at the 2021 Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale, the filly has won two of nine starts and has banked $90,861.
Mad Tool races for Jose G. Monrreal, who purchased the sorrel son of Mr Apollitical Dash for $8,500 at this year’s Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale. The gelding has won three of 14 starts and has earned $35,500.
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