Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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D E Lover was a prompt 19-10 favorite in Tuesday’s $45,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park.
Prepped by Richard Sedillo for owners Tony Sedillo and E.B. Racing, D E Lover made his 6 1/2-furlong trip in 1:18.78 under jockey Miguel Perez. The gelding’s winning margin was 2 1/2 lengths from Mays Or Mantle, and the $27,000 winner’s share of the Dine Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $122,880.
D E Lover was bred by Mark Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. His sire, So Long Birdie, is a winning 12-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Pioneering who finished second to Going Wild in the 2005 San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita.
So Long Birdie’s 28 starters include 20 winners and the earners of more than $612,200. The stallion entered stud in 2006, and he stood the ‘’13 breeding season at Dr. Leonard Blach’s Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell.
D E Lover is also one of two winners from as many starters produced by Alicita My Love, a winning 14-year-old mare by the Proud Birdie stallion Birdonthewire. Alicita My Love raced in West Virginia, New York, and New Jersey from 2003-05, and her race record included a second-place run in the 6-furlong, $75,000 Ohio Valley Handicap at Mountaineer Park in 2004.
D E Lover’s second dam, the winning New York-bred Slew The Knight mare Ayers Rock, finished second in the ’97 New York Oaks (R) at Finger Lakes Racetrack. The gelding’s third dam, the unraced Alleged mare Sinful Sooni, was a half sister to My Marchesa, a daughter of Stately Don who won the $25,000 Gala Lil Stakes (R) at Pimlico in 1993.
D E Lover traces back to his fourth dam, Sooni, a winning Kentucky-bred mare by Buckpasser who ran third in the 1973 Seashore Stakes (G3) at Atlantic City Racecourse. Sooni was a full sister to stakes winner Toll Booth, and she was a half to four other stakes winners, including Gay Missile, the winner of the ‘’70 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse, Master Bold, the runner-up in the 1968 Fountain of Youth Stakes in Florida, and three-time stakes winner Raja Baba.
Of D E Lover’s lifetime banrkoll, $68,300 has been earned this season. The gelding has won four of 11 outs, and his season record includes a third-place finish in the 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on January 18. Last year, he ran second, 4 3/4 lengths behind winner Proceed, in the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) at Sunland.
Runner-up Mays Or Mantle finished six lengths in front of Desert Mystery. Punch N Run, Grady Man Can, Storm Juan, and Mancation completed the order of finish.
A homebred chestnut son of Diabolical, Mays Or Mantle has won two of nine starts and has earned $99,170 for his owners, J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas. The gelding was coming off of a third-place finish in the March 23, 1 1/16-mile New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland.
Desert Mystery has won one of nine outs and has banked $44,938 for owner Terry B. Adams, who also bred the bay Desert God gelding. Desert Mystery won one of three races during the 2013-14 Sunland Park meet, and he ran second, a neck behind winner Mancation, in the New Mexico Breeders’ Derby.