Friday, March 09, 2012
Morning-line favorite Here Kittykittykitty drew post 10 for Sunday's 350-yard, $110,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park.
Racing for Melvin Neugebauer and trained by Wes Giles, Here Kittykittykitty is a 5-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding who has earned $347,924 from 17 starts. His five wins include the December 10, $110,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG2) at Sunland and the 2010 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
The Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap will mark Here Kittykittykitty's first out since December 31, when he ran fifth, three lengths behind reigning AQHA world champion Cold Cash 123, in the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).
Here Kittykittykitty's nine opponents include Genuine American, A First Caller, and Stel Gone Corona. A homebred 8-year-old gelding by Genuine Strawfly, Genuine American has won both of his starts during the current Sunland meet for his owners, J & L Racing LLC and Fredda Draper.
Stel Gone Corona has banked $119,516 from seven starts for owner Veronica Ramirez, and the 4-year-old gelding's four wins include last year's 400-yard, $120,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park.
A First Caller is a homebred 7-year-old gelding by Calligrapher campaigned by Richard R. Shearer of Portales, New Mexico. A First Caller has won two stakes during his 39-race career, including last year's $50,000 New Mexico Breeders' Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
The complete lineup for the Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap in post position order, including also-eligible entries jockey and weight assignments, and morning-line odds – A First Caller (Oscar Rincon, 125), 6-1; BJ Bring It On (Jesse Levario, 122), 20-1; Genuine American (Bonifacio Perez, 125), 3-1; Snow Regard (Jaime Leos, 123), 10-1; Tecate N Lyme (Salvador Martinez, 123), 10-1; One Diamond Kitty (Vicente Grajeda, 124), 8-1; Stel Gone Corona (Esgar Ramirez, 123), 6-1; Famous Caillie (Antonio Escareno, 122), 20-1; Dueling Juan (Freddie Martinez, 123), 12-1; Here Kittykittykitty (J. Martin Bourdieu, 126), 5-2; AE-CP Lawman (Flavio Lozano, 122), 20-1; and AE-Strait Away Fame (Antonio Escareno, 121), 20-1.