Thursday, December 12, 2013
Coronas Boy, the upset winner of the October 27 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park, will break from post 5 in Saturday’s 870-yard, $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park.
A 4-year-old gelding by Mr Houston racing for Victor M. Diaz and trained by Hermenegildo “Poppy” Aldavaz, Coronas Boy outran his 28-1 odds to score a 6 3/4-length victory over multiple stakes winner Rollickin Red in the New Mexico Cup 870 Championship. Coronas Boy has won four of 15 starts, including the 2012 Getaway Stakes at Sunland, and he has earned $165,643.
Francisco Giles will ride Coronas Boy on Saturday.
Other Challenger Six contenders include D E Wagons Strawfly, a 4-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding owned and trained by Tony Sedillo. D E Wagons Strawfly has won three of 11 outs this season, and his stakes record includes a two-length victory over Rollickin Red in the July 28, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
The Challenger Six Handicap will be the fifth race on Sunland Park’s 11-race program. Estimated post time for the stakes is 1:55 p.m. (MST).
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Kokopellis Babycakes (Enrique Gomez, 121), 6-1; Lionett (Larry Gamez, 121), 5-1; D E Wagons Strawfly (Brayan Velazquez, 125), 7-2; Southern Pass Dash (Alejandro Medellin, 120), 10-1; Coronas Boy (Francisco Giles, 123), 2-1; Brookstone Flash (Esgar Ramirez, 118), 10-1; Attillitis (L.A. Perez, 117), 12-1; Super Quintons (Ricardo Jaime, 120), 8-1; AE-Anzaki (TB) (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 126), 5-2; and AE-Dats Dee (Ry Eikleberry, 125), 7-2.