Prospector's Blues Wins Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby
Under a heady ride from Geovanni Franco, Prospector’s Blues held off a cavalry charge of horses to win the $50,704 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby on Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Day Saturday at Turf Paradise. The day’s nine-race card was devoted exclusively to state bred horses. Getting the jump on 3-5 favorite Jungle Java on the stretch turn, Franco was able to save ground and get Prospector’s Blues ($5.80) to change gears and hold off the late charge of Prater Sixty Four by a half-length in the field of eight 3-year-olds. Jungle Java, drifting wide at the head of lane, came back on but too late and finished third in the group of four horses chasing Prospector’s Blues to the wire..... Read More
Arizona bred horses will be in the spotlight with a slate of nine state bred races including five stakes and the marquee race, the $50,000 Gene Fleming Derby, on Arizona Breeders’ Day Saturday at Turf Paradise. A special post time of 12:55 pm will be in effect Saturday. The five Arizona bred stakes races are as follows:
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