Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunland Park's racing schedule during the New Year's weekend holiday features six stakes, including two for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds.
Friday's 11-race program, which gets underway at 12:25 p.m. (MST), features three stakes, two of which are for Quarter Horses – the 400-yard, $50,000-added Sunland Park Winter Derby (G2); the 400-yard, $194,243 Sunland Park Winter Futurity (G2); and the 6-furlong, $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity.
Zoomandkicken, the fastest qualifier and 5-2 morning-line favorite, drew post 1 for the Sunland Park Winter Derby. A gelding by Azoom racing for Hector M. Ramirez, Zoomandkicken has won six of 12 starts and has earned $107,327, and his stakes record this season includes runner-up finishes in the October 8, $153,300 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star Park, and the July 2, $53,820 AQHA Ruidoso Derby Challenge (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.
The complete lineup for the Winter Derby, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Zoomandkicken (Ricky Ramirez), 5-2; The Steel Wave (Salvador Martinez), 4-1; Jesiacountrychick (Rodrigo Aceves), 10-1; Tres Menudos (J. Martin Bourdieu), 12-1; Jaynedalegrace (G.R. Carter Jr.), 15-1; Oh Jess Fly (Alejandro Luna), 15-1; Run Naked (Ramon Sanchez), 8-1; BF Sonic Boom (Tony Guymon), 15-1; Kool Angel (Esgar Ramirez), 4-1; and Rockin (Vicente Grajeda), 6-1.
Fastest qualifier A Fortunate Choice will break from post 10 in the Sunland Park Winter Futurity. The filly by A Regal Choice, who races for Ramon O. Gonzalez and Homero Varela, is coming off of a nose victory in the fourth of nine trials on December 9.
Another Winter Futurity contender, morning-line choice VGC Moon Walk, has banked $79,896 from eight outs for his owner, Valle Guadiana Corporation. The sorrel colt by Walk Thru Fire ran third, 1 ½ lengths behind winner Send Me A Candy Tree, in the 440-yard, $255,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park on November 27.
The complete lineup for the Winter Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – VGC Moon Walk (Jaime Leos), 3-1; Top Gun B (Oscar Rincon), 5-1; Cypress City (Agustin Silva), 8-1; Our First Corona (G.R. Carter Jr.), 8-1; Bottega (Ricky Ramirez), 12-1; TF Featured Effort (Esgar Ramirez), 8-1; Mighty Famous Vic (Alejandro Medellin), 4-1; Decked In Snow (Freddie Martinez), 12-1; Mr Taka B (Salvador Martinez), 10-1; and A Fortunate Choice (Bonifacio Perez), 10-1.
The Riley Allison Futurity honors the memory of one of the co-founders of Sunland Park Racetrack. This year's race drew a field of seven 2-year-olds, including Isn't He Clever, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Smarty Jones and the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Isn't He Clever has won two of three races and has banked $51,440 for his owners, J. Kirk and Judy Robison, and his stakes record includes a second-place finish to Officer Prado in the 7-furlong, $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington Park on November 11.
The complete lineup for the Riley Allison, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Truetap (Glen Murphy, 116), 6-1; Tequila Factor (Jose Vega, 122), 3-1; Cowtown Panther (Vicente Grajeda, 116), 12-1; Flame Broiled (Enrique Gomez, 116), 10-1; Isn't He Clever (Alejandro Medellin, 118), 2-1; Alsvid (Ken Tohill, 122), 5-2; and Ol Winedrinker Who (Ry Eikleberry, 116), 12-1.
Saturday's 11-race card features one stakes for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses. The 1-mile, $110,000 Red Hedeman Mile (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds drew a field of 11, including one also-eligible entry. Sam E. and Latane Stevens' That's Who, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, has won three of six starts, including the 6-furlong, $151,600 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colt & Geldings Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 30, and his bankroll totals $154,770.
That's Who is coming off of a third-place finish in the December 4, $129,860 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia.
The Red Hedeman Mile field includes the winner of the Eddy County Stakes, Donnell Echols' E Bar Who.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Mr. Wizard (Glen Murphy), 20-1; Honshu City (J. Martin Bourdieu), 10-1; Vote Often (Alejandro Medellin), 6-1; E Bar Way (Duane Sterling), 3-1; That's Who (Ry Eikleberry), 5-2; Zenon's Star (Casey Lambert), 9-2; Six Million (Miguel Hernandez), 20-1; Damayorofclowntown (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 12-1; Tarahumar Flags (Enrique Gomez), 15-1; Victoria's Case (Isaias Enriquez), 20-1; and AE-Doctor Spencer (Oscar Ceballos), 20-1.
Saturday's program also includes the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1), one of the top races in the country for older Quarter Horses. The earnings for this year's full field of 10 total more than $5.1 million.
T-Bill Stables Inc.'s Cold Cash 123, the 3-1 morning-line choice, has won five of his last six races, including the November 12, $372,549 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park, and the July 23, $863,543 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The homebred gelding by Oak Tree Special ranks number one on the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com poll for older horses.
Rylees Boy, a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Gerardo Pena-Ochoa, will be making his first start since October 29, when he ran second to Favorite Cartel in the 440-yard, $353,500 AQHA Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.
The lone New Mexico-bred entry, Here Kittykittykitty, races for Melvin Neugebauer and Jill Giles. A 4-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding is coming off of a neck victory against state-breds in the December 10, $110,000 Jess Burner Memorial Stakes (RG1) at Sunland.
The complete lineup for the Championship at Sunland Park, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Louisiana Senator (G.R. Carter Jr.), 8-1; Favorite Cartel (Ramon Sanchez), 5-1; Bodacious Dash (Ricky Ramirez), 8-1; Rylees Boy (Joe Ruiz), 4-1; Sir Seth (Salvador Martinez), 12-1; Here Kittykittykitty (Bonifacio Perez), 10-1; Celtic Classic (Vicente Grajeda), 15-1; Prospect To The Top (Oscar Rincon), 8-1; Cold Cash 123 (Roy Baldillez), 3-1; and Time For A Cigar (Cody Jensen), 10-1.
Sunland Park's holiday weekend ends with an 11-race card on Sunday, topped by the 1 1/16-mile, $110,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred older runners. Cleber J. Massey's Cross Chris Run, the 122-pound high weight, drew post 11 in the 12-horse field. The longshot winner of the October 30, $192,720 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park, Cross Chris Run is coming off of a third-place finish in the 6 1/2-furlong, $110,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland on December 11.
The complete lineup for the Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Brother Louie (Enrique Gomez, 121), Jannas Pride (Ry Eikleberry, 119), Attitude E Racer (Isaias Enriquez, 118), Spinning Touch (Jose Vega, 117), Rosa's Catena (Macario Rodriguez, 119), Runnin Red (J. Martin Bourdieu, 118), Double Smart (Casey Lambert, 120), Brother John D. (Miguel Hernandez, 116), Desert Hennessy (Glen Murphy, 120), Running Squall (Alejandro Medellin, 119), Cross Chris Run (Ken Tohill, 122), and Enchanted Outlaw (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 117.