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Favored Diabolical Dame Wins Carlos Salazar Stakes
RSS Feeds Sunday, August 27, 2017
Diabolical Dame, the 3-5 favorite, rallied on the rail then held off a late charge from 23-1 longshot and stablemate Tijuana to win Saturday’s Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Albuquerque Downs.

Racing for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard, Diabolical Dame covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.68, and her margin of victory was a neck from Tijuana. Roimes Chirinos rode the 5-year-old daughter of Diabolical for trainer Todd Fincher, whose four entries swept the top four places in the Carlos Salazar.

Diabolical Dame was bred by Fincher, Fred Alexander, and Brad King and was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The mare was stretching out in distance off of her 3 3/4-length victory in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Lincoln Handicap (R) at Ruidoso on July 30, her first out in four months.

“We raced her pretty often during the fall and winter months, so we decided to give her a little break,” Fincher said. “She’s been awesome since we brought her back in training. She’s been awesome her whole career. She’s been special to us since she was a baby.”

Diabolical Dame has won 14 of 23 starts, including four of six at Albuquerque Downs, and the $42,000 winner’s share of the Carlos Salazar purse pushed her bankroll to $590,980. The mare has won nine stakes, and her two victories against open stakes company include a 2 3/4-length score in the 2015 Casino at The Downs Handicap at Albuquerque Downs.

Tilla Cat finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Diabolical Dame, and was followed by Bryn’s Fancy Pants, Woodacouldadid, My Dandy Girl, Pink Cadillac, and One Foxy Babe.

In The News

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.

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