Saturday, December 14, 2013
D E Wagons Strawfly, a 4-year-old gelded son of Genuine Strawfly owned and trained by Tony Sedillo, scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s $85,080 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park.
Sent to post as the 9-2 second choice in the field of seven, D E Wagons Strawfly covered 870 yards in :45.122 and earned a 92 speed index under jockey Brayan Velazquez. The $51,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed the gelding’s bankroll to $231,025.
D E Wagons Strawfly was bred by Mark Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. His sire, Genuine Strawfly, is a multiple graded stakes winning 14-year-old son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special.
Racing exclusively in New Mexico from 2001-02, Genuine Strawfly banked $181,091 from 11 outs, and his four wins included a neck victory against a field that included champions Tres Seis and A Real Man in the ‘02 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The stallion’s top runners include graded stakes winners Here Kittykittykitty, Aful Alibi, Jenuine Joy, and One Diamond Kitty.
Genuine Strawfly is owned by J & L Stables LLC, and he will stand the 2014 season for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach’s Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell.
D E Wagons Strawfly’s dam, Wagons Maiden, is a multiple graded stakes winning 14-year-old mare by Calligrapher. The gelding traces back to his third dam, Merry Wagon, a New Mexico-bred daughter of the Three Bars stallion St Bar who was a stakes winner at The Downs at Albuquerque in 1980.
D E Wagons Strawfly was coming off of a fourth-place finish against open company in the 870-yard, $55,180 King Rick Rack Stakes at Zia Park on November 17. All told, the gelding has won six of 24 races, and his two career stakes victories include a 2 1/4-length win in the July 28, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
D E Wagons Strawfly returned a $9 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up Coronas Boy, the 3-5 favorite, for a $2 exacta payoff of $28. Lionett finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $50.70 ($1) trifecta.
Super Quintons, Kokopellis Babycakes, Brookstone Flash, and Attillitis completed the order of finish.
A homebred 4-year-old Mr Houston gelding racing for Victor M. Diaz, Coronas Boy was making his first start since October 27, when he outran his 28-1 odds to win the $148,240 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park. Coronas Boy has won four of 16 starts, and the $18,700 runner-up share of the Challenger Six purse pushed his bankroll to $184,343, of which $109,360 has been earned this season.
Lionett is a 4-year-old bay daughter of the Apollo (TB) stallion Metallic Lion campaigned by Ezze Racing. The mare, a one-time $5,000 claimer, has won three of 21 starts and has banked $50,933.