Saturday, April 20, 2013
A well-timed ride by Duane “Lefty” Sterling helped Devon's Spirit win Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park.
Trained by Dick Cappelucci for owner John Pinkerton of El Paso, Texas, Devon's Spirit stopped the timer in 1:18.62 while defeating runner-up Gossip Dome by 1 ¼ lengths. The homebred 6-year-old daughter of Premeditation earned $39,000 to boost her bankroll to $212,571 from 27 starts.
Devon's Spirit became the fifth stakes winner sired by Premeditation, a 14-year-old son of the Private Terms stallion Afternoon Deelites. A multiple stakes winner in New Mexico and Texas who ran third in both the 2002 Indiana Derby (G3) at Hoosier Park and '03 Essex Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park, Premeditation has sired 52 starters and the earners of more than $2.2 million, including three-time stakes winners Double Smart and Run Like Fire, and 2011 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) winner Beau Wizer.
A half brother to '05 West Virginia Derby (G3) winner Real Dandy, Premeditation entered stud in 2004. The stallion is owned by William F. Clifton Jr., and he stands for a $2,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch at Anthony, New Mexico.
Devon's Spirit is also the first starter produced by Devon Hunt, a winning 14-year-old mare by the late Storm Cat stallion Devon Lane. Devon's Spirit's second dam, the Pirate's Bounty mare Clairene, won the $10,000 First Lady Handicap at Ruidoso Downs in 1995.
Devon's Spirit traces back to her fourth dam, Falling Snow, a winning daughter of the Curragh King stallion Olympiad King. A Kentucky-bred, Falling Snow foaled two stakes winners from 15 starters, both by Windy Sands – Regal Falcon, a colt who won the 1983 San Pasqual Handicap (G2) at Santa Anita, and Against The Snow, a colt who won the '74 Sierra Madre Handicap (G3) at Santa Anita.
Devon's Spirit was making her first start since February 16, when she ran fourth, 6 ¾ lengths behind winner Hennesey Smash, in the 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. All told, the mare has won six races, and her stakes resume includes a second-place finish to I Am Lesters Gal in last year's Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap.
Iplaytricks ran third, 3 ¼ lengths behind Devon's Spirit, and was followed by 2-1 favorite Funnyoushouldask, D E Sweet Tease, Western Way, Ruffy Trick, and Lady French.
A 5-year-old chestnut mare by Dome racing for Pesikan and Kilgroe Stables, Gossip Dome has earned $175,669 from 28 outs, and her seven wins include a two-length victory in a 6-furlong allowance-optional claiming ($20,000) sprint for state-bred distaffers at Sunland Park on January 26. Gossip Dome was coming off of a third-place finish in the 5 1/2-furlong, $85,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) at Sunland on March 24.
Iplaytricks is a multiple stakes winning 5-year-old daughter of Desert God campaigned by Michael C. Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas. The mare has won eight of 21 starts, including last year's $170,360 Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Filly & Mare Championship (R) at Zia Park and $110,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap (R) at Sunland Park, and the $6,500 third-place share of the Foutz Distaff Handicap purse pushed her bankroll to $377,090.