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Big Day for Teague Brothers and Trainer Weston Martin at Sunland Park
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Sunland Park’s Fiesta del Sol racing program on Sunday turned out to be a lucrative one for brothers Larry Teague and Harry Teague and trainer Weston Martin, as the trio swept all three of the card’s New Mexico-bred races.

The day started out with Tipsy Tea, a homebred dark bay or brown daughter of Seeking The Cat, rallying to win the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby for state-bred 3-year-olds. Two races later, the Teagues’ Tea Light, a homebred 4-year-old Right Rigger mare, scoring a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong, $85,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) for fillies and mares.

Santiago Reyes returned to the winner’s circle in the sixth race of the day, as the jockey rode the Teagues’ Ten Penny Cents to a 2 1/2-length win at odds of 24-1 in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R) for state-bred sophomore fillies.

All three of the Teagues’ winners were homebreds, and all three were trained by Martin.

The featured race of the day, the 1 1/8-mile, $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3-year-olds, was won by Collected. A chestnut colt by City Zip ridden by Martin Garcia for owner Speedway Stable LLC and trainer Bob Baffert, Collected covered his 9-furlong trip in 1:48.90 while defeating Gettysburg by two lengths and earning his second stakes victory.

“I used a little bit of the horse at the start, but once we got the lead he was cruising,” Garcia said. “When I asked him to go, he responded nicely. I think we even saved something for his next race.”

Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano teamed to win the 1 1/16-mile, $200,000 Plum Pretty Stakes for sophomore fillies with Thrilled. A bay daughter of Uncle Mo campaigned by Michael B. Tabor, Thrilled defeated Family Tree by two lengths in 1:43.35 for her first career stakes victory.

There were two other stakes on Sunland Park’s nine-race program. The biggest upset of the day came in the 1-mile, $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap for distaffers, as Dream Walkin Farms Inc.’s Caviar Kitty rallied to win the race by one length in 1:38.19 at odds of 53-1. Paul Smith prepped the Kentucky-bred Kitalpha filly.

“I saw it coming at the top of the lane,” said Francisco Duran, who rode Caviar Kitty. “Everything opened up for us. Going into the race, I knew she had a chance, and I didn’t give up on her. She has no early speed, so I let her settle at the back and positioned her for one good run.”

Garcia rode Redneck Humor, a one-time $12,500 claimer, to a half-length score in the 6 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap. Trained by Justin Evans for owner Earl Neugebauer, the 5-year-old bay gelding by Da Stoops stopped the timer in 1:15.19 while earning his first stakes victory.

Sunland Park’s Fiesta del Sol program drew an announced crowd of 10,135, which wagered $142,727 on track. An additional $1,102,735 was handled off track.

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