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El Gato Azul Scores First Stakes Victory in NMHA Handicap
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A strong late rally helped El Gato Azul score his first career stakes win in the 870-yard, $45,000 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap (R) for state-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds at SunRay Park on Sunday.

Ridden by Enrique Garcia for owner and trainer Jesus Carrete, El Gato Azul reached the wire in :46.331. The 6-year-old gray gelding’s winning margin was a half of a length from Vicente Y Su Corona.

El Gato Azul was bred by Lazy Chili Ranch. The gelding’s sire, Future Trick, is a 17-year-old son of the Beduino (TB) stallion Chicks Beduino.

El Gato Azul’s dam, Deep Creek Lane (TB), is an unraced 15-year-old mare by the Storm Cat stallion Devon Lane. He traces back to his fifth dam, the Kentucky-bred Double Jay (TB) mare Irish Jay (TB), a 1957 foal who won six stakes in New York from 1959-60, including the $50,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga in 1959, and the $50,000 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park the following season.

Irish Jay also produced three stakes winners, including Queen Empress, a daughter of Bold Ruler and the 1964 Eclipse champion 2-year-old filly; and King Emperor, a Bold Ruler colt who won eight stakes from 1968-70, including the $75,000 Pimlico-Laurel Futurity in Maryland in ’68.

Racing exclusively in New Mexico, El Gato Azul has won seven of 28 outs, and the $27,000 winner’s share of the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap purse pushed his earnings to $111,577, of which $60,734 has been banked this season. The gelding was coming off of a third-place finish in an 870-yard, $25,000 open-condition allowance for state-breds at SunRay on June 1.

El Gato Azul won two of his three starts during the 2013-14 Sunland Park meet, both against claiming company at the 870-yard distance.

El Gato Azul was sent to post at odds of 5-1 in the six-horse New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Handicap field and paid a $12.60 win mutuel. The gelding teamed with Vicente Y Su Corona for a $36.60 ($2) exacta return.

KC Royal Flush finished third, five lengths behind El Gato Azul, and was followed by Talkin Hills, odds-on favorite Storm Chasor, and Midnightlowdown (TB). The only Thoroughbred in the race, Midnightlowdown clipped heels and fell in the homestretch.

Vicente Y Su Corona is a homebred 6-year-old stallion by the Corona Cartel stallion Stel Corona campaigned by Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico. Vicente Y Su Corona has won five of 33 races and has earned $139,800, and his stakes resume includes a second-place finish to Primvvera in the 400-yard, $77,476 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque in 2010.

A homebred 7-year-old son of Sixes Royal, KC Royal Flush has banked $346,699 for his owners, Kathryn Maynard and Carla Feerer of Los Lunas, New Mexico. The gelding has won seven of 49 outs, and his three career stakes victories include a neck victory in the $140,240 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park in 2012.

In The News

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Trainer Joel Marr tallied his 1,000th career Thoroughbred win in Tuesday’s 11th and final race at Zia Park. Marr’s milestone victory came with Sweet Diamond, a 3-year-old Attila’s Storm filly owned by Rodney Brooks and Donnie Reid and ridden by Ken Tohill, in a 1-mile race for New Mexico-bred maiden $6,500 claimers.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 16.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Trainer Joel Marr and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. each won four races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.




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