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Citizen Geller Rallies to Win O.D. McDonald Handicap
RSS Feeds Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Citizen Geller, a homebred 5-year-old gelding owned by Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas, came from slightly off the pace to win the O.D. McDonald Handicap (R) at Albuquerque Downs on June 24.

Ridden by Miguel Perez for trainer Justin Evans and sent to post as the 9-2 second choice in a field of 10 Citizen Geller covered 7 furlongs in 1:21.90, and his winning margin was 2 1/2 lengths from 17-10 favorite Stormin the Jewels. The $42,000 winner’s share of the $70,000 purse increased the gray or roan gelding’s earnings to $257,444.

Citizen Geller is one of 24 winners sired by Pro Prado, a winning 16-year-old Kentucky-bred son of the Sadler’s Wells stallion El Prado (IRE). Racing in Kentucky, Arkansas and California from 2003-07, Pro Prado earned $397,514 from 37 starts, and his resume included a third-place finish in Smarty Jones’ 2004 Arkansas Derby (G2) at Oaklawn Park.

From seven crops, Pro Prado has sired the earners of more than $1.4 million from 40 starters. The stallion is a half brother to the stakes-placed Artie Schiller filly Pankhurst, and he is owned by Chris P. Hourigan and stands for a $2,000 fee at Hourigan Horse Farm at Anthony, New Mexico.

Citizen Geller is also one of two winners from as many starters foaled by Ghostly Belle, a winning 12-year-old daughter of the Silver Ghost stallion Ghostly Moves and a full sister to Hometown Ghost, the winner of the $57,154 Albuquerque Spring Futurity (R) at Albuquerque Downs in ’05. The gelding’s second dam, the winning Homebuilder mare Hometown Belle, was a half sister to two stakes winners: Secret Rendezvous, the winner of the 1995 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, and Our Dear Helen, a stakes winner at Delaware Park in ’96.

Citizen Geller traces back to his fourth dam, the winning Swaps mare Swaps Mommy. A Kentucky-bred 1992 foal, Swaps Mommy produced Native Mommy, an eight-time stakes winner in five states, including Kentucky and Florida, from 1987-89.

Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Citizen Geller has won seven of 30 races, and his three career stakes wins include a one-length score at odds of 20-1 in last year’s O.D. McDonald Handicap.

Citizen Geller and Stormin The Jewels combined for a $2 exacta payoff of $39.20. Shining Source, the 5-1 third choice, finished third, 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $112.80 ($1) trifecta.

Liberty Lover, Song Of Laura, Desert Mystery, D E Lover, That’s Who, Storm Warrior, and Go For A Stroll completed the order of finish.

A $30,000 yearling buy at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Stormin The Jewels is a 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm racing for John and Sue May’s J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas. The bay gelding has won five of 13 starts, including three stakes, and he has banked $354,271, and his resume includes victories in the 6-furlong, $205,185 Camino Real Futurity (R) at Albuquerque Downs in 2015, and last year’s 6 1/2-furlong, $107,977 Casino at the Downs Derby (R) at Albuquerque.

Shining Source is a 6-year-old son of the Montbrook stallion Source owned by Barton Ranch Stables LLC and Blake Rust. The dark bay or brown gelding has earned $260,858 from 33 races, and his two stakes victories include a one-length win in the March 18, $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

In The News

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Citizen Geller, a homebred 5-year-old gelding racing for Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas, scored a half-length victory in Saturday’s $70,000 Casey Darnell Stakes (R) at Albuquerque Downs.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Three 400-yard trials on Sunday determined the finalists for the September 24, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Albuquerque Downs.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Storm The Beach and One Key are among the 10 state-bred 2-year-olds who qualified to the September 24, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R).
Saturday, September 9, 2017
The field has been set for the September 23, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs, and Hubaldo Solis’ Osbaldo Blue Diamond set the fastest qualifying time in trials held on Friday.

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