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PHOENIX, AZ—NOVEMBER 17, 2012—A pair of three-year-olds owned by Carolyn and Ralph Fales and trained by Matthew Fales each took a trial for the AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Derby on Saturday afternoon.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from the two trial races will return to the Arizona racetrack on December 1st and vie for the winner's share of a $15,000-added purse at 400 yards.
In the second trial the super-consistent gelding Block N Tackle raced to a half-length win and the top qualifying mark of :19.942 seconds. Also bred by his trainer, Matthew Fales, the sorrel gelding picked up his eighth win in 12 career starts. Jorge Bourdieu was up.
Coming off a second place effort in the $70,000 Mile High Derby at Arapahoe Park on August 18, the multiple stakes winner pushed his earnings past $152,000 with the trial victory. A son of leading second crop sire Tac It Like A Man, Block N Tackle is out of the Takin On The Cash mare Watchin The Rain. Last season he won the Desert Classic Futurity and AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity and this season he won the Rocky Mountain Derby at Arapahoe.
Carolyn and Ralph Fales' first winner of the day came in the first trial when Bringin It On rallied to a three-quarter-length victory following a slow start. Also ridden by Bourdieu for trainer Matthew Fales, Bringin It On completed the 400 yard course in :20.043 for the third fastest qualifying time.
Trainer Roy Ronquillo also saddled two qualifiers from Saturday's trials.
For a complete list of AQRA-Turf Paradise Open Derby finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.