Sunday, December 15, 2013
Sent to post at odds of 20-1, Desert Delight Cash responded with her first career stakes victory in Sunday’s $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred fillies at Sunland Park.
Desert Delight Cash covered her 400-yard trip in :19.404 under jockey Larry Gamez, and her margin of victory was a nose from 5-2 favorite Jessiana. Eduardo Gonzalez prepped the 4-year-old daughter of Streakaway Cash for owner Red Fox Carriers Inc. of El Paso, Texas.
Desert Delight Cash was bred by Jerry Lee of McAlister, New Mexico. The mare’s sire, Streakaway Cash, is a 17-year-old winning son of the Beduino (TB) stallion Runaway Winner. Streakaway Cash’s top runners include Smafricate, the fastest qualifier to last year’s $82,070 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Desert Delight Cash is one of five winners from 11 starters foaled by Abnorma, a homebred daughter of the Scout Leader (TB) stallion Pyromaniac who won the 1993 Pelican Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at The Downs at Santa Fe. Desert Delight Cash represents Abnorma’s first stakes winner.
A one-time $12,500 claimer, Desert Delight Cash was coming off of a third-place run in a 300-yard, $33,100 second-level allowance for state-breds at Zia Park on November 4. The mare has won five of her 17 races, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap purse increased her earnings to $117,312.
The longest shot in the full field of 10 fillies and mares, Desert Delight Cash paid $42.20 to win and teamed with Jessiana for a $2 exacta return of $200.60. Runin Sixes finished third, a head behind the winner, to complete a $291.60 ($1) trifecta.
Sandys Jesse finished fourth and was followed by Cmon Jesses Girl, Get Down Bambi, WDC Wendys Wine, Aful Alibi, Call Me A Blazn Chic, and Incoho Tes.
A 3-year-old filly by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jesse James Jr campaigned by Brad Williams, Jessiana was two weeks removed from a 1 1/4-length win in an open-condition 300-yard, $44,500 allowance sprint for state-bred distaffers at Zia Park on November 29. All told, Jessiana has won three of 14 outs and has banked $99,659.
Runin Sixes has earned $151,710 from 17 races for her owner, Peter B. Gallegos, Valle Guadiana Corp., and Patricia Gonzalez. A gray sophomore daughter of the Royal Quick Dash stallion Sixes Royal, Runin Sixes has won three races, and her stakes resume includes a second-place finish to longshot Jess Rueben James in the 440-yard, $198,655 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park on October 27.