Thursday, December 08, 2011
Sunland Park will present three New Mexico-bred stakes – two for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses – during its racing programs this weekend.
The state-bred action gets underway with the 15th running of the Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) on Sunday. A 400-yard stakes with a purse of $110,000, this year's Jess Burner is headed by morning-line favorite Down With You.
A homebred 4-year-old stallion by The Down Side, Down With You has won four of 15 races and has earned $210,084 for his owners, R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard. Down With You is coming off of a neck victory in the 440-yard, $180,480 New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on October 30.
Another prominent Jess Burner entry, Quatro Menudos, will be making his first start against older horses. The 3-year-old Furyofthewind gelding, who races for William McCarty, Paul Wood, and SW Paving & Grading Inc., Quatro Menudos has won six of seven races – including two New Mexico-bred graded stakes – and he has banked $276,404, most of which has been earned this season.
The complete Jess Burner lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments, also-eligible entries, and morning-line odds – Quatro Menudos (Salvador Martinez, 125), 4-1; Down With You (Ricky Ramirez, 126), 3-1; Yayo (Jesse Levario, 125), 8-1; A First Caller (Oscar Rincon, 124), 8-1; Dueling Juan (Freddie Martinez, 124), 5-1; In Famous Caper (Bonifacio Perez, 124), 10-1; FM Silver Mist (Vicente Grajeda, 123), 12-1; One Diamond Kitty (Esgar Ramirez, 124), 8-1; Brookstone Flash (J. Martin Bourdieu, 123), 12-1; Here Kittykittykitty (G.R. Carter Jr., 125), 10-1; AE-First Corona Call (Ricky Ramirez, 123), 12-1; and AE-Genuine American (Salvador Martinez, 123), 10-1.
Two New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred stakes top Sunland Park's 11-race card on Sunday – the 6-furlong, $110,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for fillies and mares, and the 6 1/2-furlong, $110,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R).
Rita J. Danley's I Am Lesters Gal, a homebred 4-year-old filly by Lesters Boy, is the 123-pound high weight for the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap. I Am Lesters Gal is coming off of three consecutive allowance victories during the recently concluded Zia Park meet.
Another entry, Comicsperfectstorm, will be facing older distaffers for the first time in her career. The homebred bay daughter of Comic Genius has won six of seven races – including four stakes – and has earned $264,511 for her owner, Helen Nave of Hobbs.
The complete lineup for the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Iplaytricks (Carlos Madeira, 119), Shamrock Girl (T.L. Collier, 117), Rose's Desert (Juan Ochoa, 120), Tricky R. (Nancy Summers, 121), Cali Baby (Alfredo Juarez, 122), I Am Lesters Gal (Ricardo Jaime, 123), King's Water Lilly (Alejandro Medellin, 121), Comicsperfectstorm (Ry Eikleberry, 121), Soaring Goddess (Duane Sterling, 116), and Dream Kin (Ken Tohill, 118).
The Johnie L. Jamison Handicap has drawn a full field of 12, including 123-pound high weights Chuchuluco and Lesters Secret. A 4-year-old Devon Lane gelding racing for the West Texas Racing Partners, Chuchuluco is coming off of a win in the 6-furlong, $180,480 New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 30.
Chuchuluco's seven wins in 17 outs include last year's Johnie L. Jamison Handicap.
Lesters Secret ran second, a neck behind Chuchuluco, in the New Mexico Cup Sprint. The 5-year-old Lesters Boy gelding, campaigned by the Solitaire Stable and Simply The Best Thoroughbreds, won the July 4, $50,000 Sierra Blanca Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
The complete lineup for the Johnie L. Jamison Handicap, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Our Choice (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 121), Lester's Echo (Adrian Ramos, 122), Pure D Gold (Macario Rodriguez, 121), Smash Dancer (Miguel Hernandez, 122), Cross Chris Run (Ken Tohill, 122), Desert Hennessy (Carlos Madeira, 120), Spring To Teras (Isaias Enriquez, 120), Nuggets Please (Ricardo Jaime, 121), Chuchuluco (Ry Eikleberry, 123), Double Smart (Casey Lambert, 120), Fourteen Kt. Gold (Enrique Gomez, 122), and Lesters Secret (Alejandro Medellin, 123).