Sunday, June 01, 2014
Miracle Snow, a homebred 10-year-old gelding owned by Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, rallied to win Sunday’s 400-yard, $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.
Ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu for trainer Wes Giles, Miracle Snow covered his trip in :19.298 while posting a 99 speed index and defeating Rex Hill by three-quarters of a length. The gelding’s victory was his 15th in 55 races and sixth career stakes score.
Miracle Snow’s sire, Dean Miracle, is a 20-year-old son of the Easy Six stallion Streakin Six. Racing in New Mexico, California, and Texas, from 1996-99, Dean Miracle won eight of 21 outs and earned $199,601.
A half brother to champion and Grade 1 winner Tres Seis and Fortune Of Delight, a stakes winner and the producer of champions A Delightful Dasher and Hes My Dasher, Dean Miracle was the AQHA champion aged stallion in 1998, the year he won the B.F. Phillips Jr. Handicap (R) at Lone Star Park in Texas, and ran second in Secret Cash Runaway’s All American Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs.
Dean Miracle’s top runners include graded stakes winners Lethal Delight, Mister WW, Cut The Glare, Win Mir, Capitan Miracle, and GHF Kool Kotton. He stood the 2012 breeding season in Brazil.
Miracle Snow’s dam, the winning California-bred Chicks Beduino mare Snow Peak, finished second in her final start, the 2001 Auld Lang Syne Handicap at Los Alamitos. The gelding’s second dam, the Raise Your Glass (TB) mare Sompinlikaglass, was a multiple graded stakes winner in Texas and California from 1986-87.
Miracle Snow traces back to his fifth dam, the multiple stakes winning Three Bars (TB) mare Sompin Special.
The $27,000 winner’s share of the Jimmy Drake Stakes purse boosted Miracle Snow’s earnings to $650,111, all of which has been banked from New Mexico races. The gelding’s stakes resume includes a nose win on a sloppy track in last year’s 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs, and victories in the 440-yard, $170,360 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park and 400-yard, $50,000 Lineage Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque in 2012.
Miracle Snow ran third, a half of a length behind winner Bet On Ballou, in last year’s Jimmy Drake Stakes.
Sent to post as the 5-2 favorite in the field of eight, Miracle Snow paid $7.20 to win. Rex Hill, the 7-2 second choice, completed a $2 exacta payoff of $25.60.
Sandys Jesse, Balderinas Fame CR, WDC Wendys Wine, Jess Rueben James, My Big Chief, and Corona Southern Form completed the order of finish.
Rex Hill was coming off of a second-place finish in a 350-yard, $21,170 open-condition allowance race at SunRay on May 18. Racing for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, who acquired the 4-year-old Jesse James Jr stallion for $13,000 at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Rex Hill has won five of 21 outs -- including the 2012 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park -- and he has earned $198,636.
One of only two distaffers in the race, Sandys Jesse races for Hector Borunda Cardenas. The 4-year-old Jesse James Jr mare has banked $215,295 from 20 starts, and her five wins include victories in last year’s $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) and $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.