Fine Am Eye (pictured), a sorrel daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Eye Am King racing for Backdoor Thoroughbreds LLC, is the fastest qualifier to the October 15, $250,000-added New Mexico State Fair Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses.

Racing in the last of six trials at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, Fine Am Eye defeated third-fastest qualifier Pick Your Pour by a half of a length while covering 400 yards in :19.114, a clocking accomplished while aided by a reported 15-mph tail wind. Noe Garcia Jr. rode the filly for trainer Fred Danley.

Fine Am Eye was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and she was a $27,000 yearling purchase at the 2021 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The filly is out of Starsmith, a winning daughter of ’01 AQHA champion 2-year-old colt Tres Seis, and she is a half sister to 2014 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) winner Woodys Allstar.

Fine Am Eye has won six of 17 races and has earned $110,508, and she was a finalist in last year’s New Mexico Cup (RG2) and Mountain Top (RG2) futurities.

Second-fastest qualifier Vintage Bourdeaux won the fifth heat by three-quarters of a length from fourth-fastest qualifier KJ Daddys Money. Trained by Marco Flores for the Tungsten Racing Partnership and aided by a reported 15-mph tail wind, the sorrel son of Eye Am King went 400 yards in :19.166. Luis Flores-Garcia rode the gelding.

A $33,000 yearling buy at the 2021 New Mexico-Bred Sale, Vintage Bourdeaux was bred by MJ Farms. The gelding is out of Bridgette Bordeaux, a winning homebred Blushing Bug mare who ran second in the ’05 New Mexico State Fair Derby (RG3), and he is a half brother to graded stakes winner Jess Bordeaux.

Nine of the 10 New Mexico State Fair Derby qualifiers came out of the last two trials. The only one who didn’t, eighth-fastest qualifier Just En King, won the first heat, which was run with a reported 7-mph cross wind.  

The complete list of qualifiers is below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)OwnerBreeder (State)TrainerTime
F, Eye Am King-Starsmith by Tres Seis
Backdoor Thoroughbreds LLCMJ Farms (NM)Fred Danley:19.114
G, Eye Am King-Bridgette Bordeaux by Blushing Bug
Tungsten Racing PartnershipMJ Farms (NM)Marco A. Flores:19.166
G, Jesse James Jr-Tangled Vines by Dash Ta Fame
Orlando Granillo, Azucena Mendoza, and Rene MendozaMJ Farms (NM)James Gonzales III:19.200
F, Big Daddy Cartel-KJ Kiss Me Goodbye by First Moonflash
John Lee, Kathy Lee, and Ruben MaresJohn & Kathy Lee (NM)Wes Giles:19.288
F, Big Daddy Cartel-C Twister Seis by Tres Seis
Joshua OwensRandy Smith (NM)Mike Joiner:19.318
G, Big Daddy Cartel-Astica by Jesse James Jr
Uno MasMJ Farms (NM)Wes Giles:19.352
G, Eye Am King-Alice K White by First Down Dash
Jose MorenoMJ Farms (NM)James Gonzales III:19.367
G, Eye Am King-U R A Fury Lady by Furyofthewind
Ronald N. UlibarriRonald N. Ulibarri (NM)Omar Vargas:19.443
F, Eye Am King-Miss Woody Dee by Woodbridge
J & SM Inc., Don Reynolds, and M. Lane ReynoldsMJ Farms (NM)Fred Danley:19.443
G, First Moonflash-PT Feature Dash by Feature Mr Jess
Juan Carlos RamosJimmy Dick (NM)Jesus Rondan Jr.:19.447