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Citizen Geller Scores Upset Win in Mt Cristo Rey Stakes
RSS Feeds Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Citizen Geller, a homebred gray or roan son of Pro Prado campaigned by Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas, outran his 12-1 odds to win the March 1, $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

Prepped by Eric Mikkelson, who gave a leg up to jockey Ken Tohill, Citizen Geller made his 4 1/2-furlong trip in :50.76 and rewarded his backers with a $26.20 win mutuel. D E Lover, the 4-1 third choice in the full field of 10, finished second, 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $166 ($2) exacta.

Citizen Geller is named after Robert Geller, the longtime track announcer at Sunland Park who just completed his first season as racecaller at Woodbine Racecourse near Toronto. The gelding became the first black-type stakes winner from 28 starters sired by Pro Prado, a winning 15-year-old Kentucky-bred son of the Sadler’s Wells stallion El Prado (IRE).

Racing in Arkansas, Kentucky, and California from 2003-07, Pro Prado earned $397,514 from 37 outs, and his resume included a third-place finish in Smarty Jones’ 2004 Arkansas Derby (G2) at Oaklawn Park. He also was a starter in that season’s Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Pro Prado has sired the earners of more than $1.02 million, including Wyatt, last year’s champion New Mexico-bred aged colt or gelding. The stallion is owned by Chris P. Hourigan, and he stands at Hourigan Horse Farm in Anthony, New Mexico.

Citizen Geller is also the first starter produced by Ghostly Belle, a winning 11-year-old New Mexico-bred mare by the Silver Ghost stallion Ghostly Moves. The gelding’s second dam, the winning Kentucky-bred Homebuilder mare Hometown Belle, foaled four winners, including Hometown Ghost, a full brother to Ghostly Belle who won the $57,154 Albuquerque Spring Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque in 2005.

Citizen Geller traces back to his third dam, Jacque Qui, a daughter of Qui Native and a full sister to Native Mommy, a seven-time stakes winner in five states from 1987-89. Jacque Qui produced two stakes winners, both of whom are half sisters to Hometown Belle, including Secret Rendezvous, the winner of the ’92 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Citizen Geller has won four of 17 races, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the Mt. Cristo Rey Stakes’ purse increased his earnings to $123,276. The gelding’s resume includes a pair of allowance wins at Albuquerque and Zia Park last season.

Infinite Bull, the 2-1 favorite, finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Citizen Geller. Thermal, Reeser, Hush’s Storm, Woodacouldadid, The Waki Rapper, B R Big Red, and Snowbound Jones completed the order of finish.

D E Lover is a 5-year-old gelded son of the Pioneering stallion So Long Birdie racing for Tony Sedillo and Leroy Martinez. D E Lover has won six of 27 starts and has banked $239,366, and his two stakes wins include a 2 1/2-length victory in last year’s 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Sierra Blanca Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

Infinite Bull races for Gary Balzano’s Tucumcari Thoroughbreds, which also bred the 5-year-old chestnut son of the Holy Bull stallion King Bull. The gelding has earned $190,967 from 16 starts, and his six wins include a wire-to-wire, half-length score in last year’s Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap.

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