Sunday, March 10, 2013
Bet On Ballou extended his win streak to three in Sunday's 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Ridden by Jaime Leos for owner Quarter Circle W Bar LLC and trainer Wes Giles, Bet On Ballou went 350 yards in :17.065 and posted a 91 speed index. The 8-year-old gelding's margin of victory was a neck from Stel Gone Corona, and the $51,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his earnings to $189,705 from 22 races.
Bet On Ballou was bred by Carl D. Dahl. The gelding's sire, Sum Fun To Bet, is a winning 14-year-old son of Strawfly Special who ran second to Mongoose Jet Eye in the 2003 Pomona Express Stakes at Fairplex Park. The stallion's dam, the First Down Dash mare Down With Debt, was a four-time Grade 1 winner and the AQHA world champion in 1994.
Sum Fun To Bet's top starters include Sum Fun To Watch, the winner of the 2009 Alex Picov Memorial Futurity at Ajax Downs near Toronto, and Miss Kittys Bar Bet, the runner-up to Terrific Energy in the '09 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Bet On Ballou's dam, Ballou Thirty Two, is an unraced 17-year-old daughter of the Dash For Cash stallion Strait To The Bank.
Bet On Ballou was coming off of a half-length victory as the 2-1 favorite in a 350-yard, allowance-optional claiming ($25,000) sprint at Sunland Park on February 2. The gelding's win streak began at Sunland on January 4, when he scored a neck win in a 350-yard, allowance-optional claiming ($40,000) race.
All told, Bet On Ballou has won 10 races. The Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap marked the first stakes victory for the one-time $10,000 claimer.
Stel Gone Corona finished a neck in front of Sandys Jesse. Here Kittykittykitty, RCJ Major Storm, Erasmus B Dragon, Klassic Strawfly, Untangled Vines, Little Coronas Bits, and My Big Chief competed the order of finish.
A 5-year-old sorrel son of Stel Corona, Stel Gone Corona races for owner Veronica Ramirez. The gelding has won five of 14 starts, including last year's 440-yard, $50,000 New Mexico Breeders' Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and the 2011 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park, and he has earned $171,277.
Sandys Jesse is a 3-year-old daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jesse James Jr campaigned by Chin S. Lee. The filly has banked $106,115 from 10 outs, and her four victories include a half-length score at odds of 17-1 in the 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) on February 17. She also ran second, a half of a length behind winner Posies Desiria, in last year's 400-yard, $82,070 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque.