Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sunland Park will present three more stakes for New Mexico-breds on its racing programs this weekend, starting with the 870-yard, $110,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds on Saturday.
The Challenger Six will be followed by two state-bred stakes on Sunday – the 400-yard, $110,000 Lou Wooten Handicap (RG1) for Quarter Horse fillies and mares, and the 1-mile, $110,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for Thoroughbred 2-year-old fillies.
Bullets Brother, a 7-year-old gelding by Real Runaway racing for Veronica O. Gonzalez and trainer Martin Orona Sr., is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Challenger Six. Bullets Brother has won three of seven races this season, including the October 30, $148,240 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park.
Another contender, Rogelio Carrasco's BRT Opulence, is coming off of a third-place finish in the New Mexico Cup 870 Championship. The 7-year-old Real Runaway gelding has won two 870 stakes this season, including the $85,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R) at SunRay Park on July 10.
The complete lineup for the Challenger Six, including also-eligible entries, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – KC Royal Flush (Tony Guymon, 123), 20-1; Mary For Money (Casey Lambert, 123), 4-1; Klassic Strawfly (Macario Rodriguez, 123), 10-1; BRT Opulence (Esgar Ramirez, 125), 3-1; Lalumbredelospateres (Ricky Ramirez, 123), 20-1; Rabbit Revival (Alejandro Medellin, 122), 9-2; Corona Dream (Salvador Martinez, 123), 8-1; Bullets Brother (Vicente Grajeda, 125), 2-1; AE-Whata Lucky Man (L. Alfonso Perez, 122), 15-1; and Cool Redalo (Alejandro Medellin, 121), 20-1.
The Lou Wooten Handicap has drawn a full field of 11 New Mexico-bred distaffers, including one also-eligible entry. Jenuine Joy, a homebred 5-year-old daughter of Genuine Strawfly, is the 126-pound high weight.
Jenuine Joy has won five stakes during her 14-race career, including last year's Lou Wooten by a half of a length. The mare has earned $381,680 for her owner, Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.
Another Lou Wooten contender, K.H. Logax Inc.'s Snow Regard, is coming off of a head victory in the 400-yard, $149,000 New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 26.
The complete lineup for the Lou Wooten Handicap, including also-eligible entries, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – By By Corona (Esgar Ramirez, 121), Sixy Chamisa (Vicente Grajeda, 123), Blushing Cartel (Bonifacio Perez, 121), Famous Caillie (Adrian Ramos, 123), Jenuine Joy (Salvador Martinez, 126), Done Gone Blonde (Alejandro Medellin, 121), Rime Has A Chick (Ricky Ramirez, 121), BJ Bring It On (Jesse Levario, 124), Snow Regard (Jaime Leos, 125), Little Bit Southern (Oscar Rincon, 122), and AE-Furyofthetyger (Felipe Garcia-Luna, 120).
Hot For You, a homebred Gold Case filly racing for R.D. Hubbard, tops a full field of 12 state-bred 2-year-old Thoroughbred fillies, including two also-eligibles, in Sunday's Enchantress Stakes. Hot For You ran second, three-quarters of a length behind the undefeated Our Flying Angel, in the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 30.
All entries will carry 121 pounds in the Enchantress. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Srita Minister (Miguel Perez), Capote's Charm (Adrian Ramos), Quinton's Doll Who (Ry Eikleberry), My Kinda Pretty (Juan Ochoa), Texas Hottie (Enrique Gomez), Super Stormy (Alejandro Medellin), Tee Ell Cee Teras (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Pregame (Isaias Enriquez), Hot For You (J. Martin Bourdieu), Whisper's Sister (Kelsi Purcell), AE-Western Silver (Ricardo Jaime), and AE-Tessa's Cat (Ken Tohill).