Sunday, June 02, 2013
Bet On Ballou rallied under jockey Jaime Parga Leos to win Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at SunRay Park.
Saddled by Wes Giles for owner Quarter Circle W Bar LLC, Bet On Ballou made his 400-yard trip in :19.617 while defeating runner-up WDC Wendys Wine by a nose and scoring his fifth consecutive victory. The 8-year-old gelding and one-time $10,000 claimer earned $39,000 to push his career banrkoll to $238,905.
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 mare by the the graded stakes winning Dash For Cash stallion Strait To The Bank.
Bet On Ballou's win streak includes a neck victory at odds of nearly 8-1 in the 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park on March 10. Of his lifetime earnings, $142,200 has been banked this season.
Sent to post as the 17-10 favorite in the full field of 10, Bet On Ballou returned a $5.40 win mutuel and paired with WDC Wendys Wine, a 12-1 longshot, for a $41 ($2) exacta. Miracle Snow, the 6-1 fourth choice in the wagering, finished third, a half of a length behind the winner, to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $323.80.
Klassic Strawfly ran fourth and was followed by Vicente Y Su Corona, Osbaldo, Reckless Wind, Here Kittykittykitty, Corona Dream, and My Big Chief.
The lone filly or mare in the Jimmy Drake, WDC Wendys Wine earned $13,000 to boost her bankroll to $90,418 for her owners, Alonso and Sylvia Aranda. The 4-year-old daughter of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge has won four of 15 starts, all of which have been made in New Mexico, and she was coming off of a third-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the 400-yard, $65,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) at SunRay on April 28.
Miracle Snow is a homebred 9-year-old son of champion Dean Miracle campaigned by Melvin and Mary Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado. The gelding has won 13 of 50 outs and has earned $572,991, with his best season being last year, when he banked $171,760 from six races and won the 400-yard, $50,000 Lineage Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and the 440-yard, $170,360 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park.
The Jimmy Drake Stakes honors the memory of Jimmy Allen Drake, a longtime racehorse breeder and resident of Farmington, New Mexico, who died in March 2011. Drake served two terms on the Farmington City Council from 1972-80, and he served on the New Mexico Racing Commission in the early 1980s. He also was president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association in 1985.