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A Tincup Cocktail Upsets West Texas Maturity
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A Tincup Cocktail outran his 17-1 odds and scored his first stakes victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $98,376 West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Alejandro Medellin for owner Eduardo Corral and trainer Tony Sedillo, A Tincup Cocktail defeated Honor Me Good by a neck while stopping the timer in :19.293 and posting an 88 speed index. The $46,237 winner's share of the purse pushed the sorrel 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $70,596.

A Tincup Cocktail was bred in Colorado by Robert W. Gutke, and the gelding became the 10th stakes winner from 183 starters sired by Corona Cocktail, a 13-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash and full brother to champion Corona Kool. A stakes winner and third-place finisher in three Grade 1 stakes in California from 2000-01, Corona Cocktail has sired the earners of more than $2.8 million from eight crops. He stands for a $1,500 fee at Dr. Stephen Fisch's AVS Equine Hospital at Tallahassee, Florida.

A Tincup Cocktail is also one of four winners from seven starters produced by Queenish, a 19-year-old daughter of the L'Natural (TB) stallion Raise A Secret and finalist in the 1995 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos. The gelding's second dam, the winning El Rey Burner mare Queen Dream, ran second in Dashing Val's 1988 Golden State Derby (G1) at Bay Meadows and produced two stakes winners, including Dreaming Sweet, a brown gelding by champion Hawkinson who won the 2008 El Primero del Ano Derby (G2) in California.

A Tincup Cocktail's third dam, the Four Forty King mare Pacific Dream, won the 1979 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and was that season's AQHA champion aged mare. Pacific Dream's eight winners from 10 starters included two-time Grade 1 winner Templetonian.

A Tincup Cocktail traces back to his fourth dam, the winning Tiny Charger mare Pacific Charger. A 1967 Utah-bred foal, Pacific Charger foaled three stakes winners and one stakes-placed runner from nine starters.

The West Texas Maturity represented A Tincup Cocktail's first start in a stakes race, and it was just his fifth out since November 26, 2010. A $4,000 claimer at Los Alamitos in 2007, the gelding has won three of 10 races.

Sedillo indicated that A Tincup Cocktail might make his next start in the 440-yard Bank of America Sunland Challenge (G2) trials on March 26.

Whathaveigottado ran third and was followed by Celtic Classic, fastest qualifier and 11-10 favorite Strike It Quick, Calif Fugitive, Hez The Don, Plain Azoom, Jess Sporty, and Burleson Lane.

Runner-up Honor Me Good earned $17,708 to push his bankroll to $174,769 for owner Rancho Dos Los Potrillos of El Paso, Texas. The Idaho-bred 6-year-old gelding by the First Down Dash stallion With Honors has won 10 of 29 starts, including the $17,000 Intermountain Overnight Handicap at Los Alamitos in 2008, and his stakes resume includes a second-place finish to champion Noconi in last year's Grade 2, 400-yard Lovington Handicap at Zia Park.

A 4-year-old gray stallion by Shazoom racing for Tony and Molly Doughtie, Whathaveigottado has banked $156,470, and his six victories in 18 outs include the December 29, $138,471 Sunland Park Winter Derby (G3). Whathaveigottado also was a finalist in last year's $367,649 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

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