Groupie James Qualifies To Grade 3 West Texas Derby
© Don Shugart
Ivory James got another graded stakes finalist on Friday when Groupie James qualified for the West Texas Derby at Sunland Park.

SUNLAND PARK, NM—MARCH 10, 2017—IVORY JAMES' son Groupie James posed the 8th fastest qualifying time for the Grade 3 $162,600 West Texas Derby at Sunland Park Friday afternoon.

Racing for owner Carlos Trujillo Jr. and trained by Wesley Giles, Groupie James is an Arizona-bred from the A Regal Choice mare Groupie. H & E Ranch, Inc. is the breeder.

Last season Groupie James was a finalist in the Grade 2 West Texas Futurity and the Grade 3 Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge.

The top ten qualifiers, from 48 three-year-olds who participated in five trial races Friday, will return to Sunland Park on Sunday, April 2nd to vie for a $76,422 winners' purse going 400 yards.

For the complete list of West Texas Derby(G3) finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.