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Citizen Geller Breaks Track Record in OD McDonald Stakes
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Citizen Geller outran his 20-1 odds to win the $60,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs on June 25.

Prepped by Vance Mikkelson for Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas, Citizen Geller covered 7 furlongs in 1:20.81, breaking the previous track record for the distance -- 1:20.93 -- set by Gotta Move in an allowance-optional claiming race on August 8, 2014. Alfredo Sigala rode the homebred 4-year-old gelding.

Citizen Geller was named for Robert Geller, the track announcer at Sunland Park and Woodbine Racecourse near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A native of Australia, Geller became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in March 2012.

Citizen Geller is one of 20 winners from 31 starters sired by Pro Prado (IRE), a stakes-winning 15-year-old son of El Prado (IRE) who ran third in Smarty Jones’ 2004 Arkansas Derby (G2) at Oaklawn Park. A half sister to the stakes-placed Artie Schiller filly Pankhurst, Pro Prado has sired the earners of more than $1.1 million from six crops.

Pro Prado is owned by Chris P. Hourigan, and he stands at Hourigan Horse Farm in Anthony, New Mexico.

Citizen Geller is the first starter foaled by his dam, the winning Ghostly Moves mare Ghostly Belle. An 11-year-old New Mexico-bred mare, Ghostly Moves is a full sister to Hometown Ghost, the winner of the $57,154 Albuquerque Spring Futurity (R) in 2005.

Citizen Geller’s third dam, the Kentucky-bred Qui Native mare Jackie Qui, was a full sister to Native Mommy, a Grade 2-placed eight-time stakes winner in five states from 1987-89. Jackie Qui produced stakes winners Our Dear Helen and Secret Rendezvous, both of whom were half sisters to Citizen Geller’s second dam, the winning Homebuilder mare Hometown Belle.

Citizen Geller traces back to his sixth dam, Mommy Dear, a daughter of the Unbreakable stallion Polynesian who won four stakes in New York and New Jersey from 1958-60.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Citizen Geller has won five of 21 starts, and the $35,400 winner’s share of the purse from his second stakes victory pushed the gray or roan gelding’s earnings to $172,914. Citizen Geller’s season resume includes a come-from-behind 1 3/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Overnight Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on March 1.

Not My Note finished second, one length behind Citizen Geller. Atillas Gift, the 5-2 favorite in the field of 11, ran third and was followed by D E Lover, Thermal, Hush’s Storm, Gotta Move, Weather Dodger, Long Stormy Trip, Ivan El Grande, and Proud Zoning.
Not My Note races for Michael G. Weatherly, who also bred the dark bay or brown 4-year-old son of Fusaichi Zenon (JPN). Not My Note has won four of eight outs, and the $12,000 runner-up share of the O.D. McDonald Stakes purse increased the gelding’s bankroll to $95,711.

A $27,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Atillas Gift races for Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks. The 4-year-old chestnut gelding by Attila’s Storm has earned $166,118 from 22 starts, and his five wins include last year’s $60,000 Albuquerque Journal Stakes (R) and the 1-mile, $44,800 Jack Cole Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on May 5.

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