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Fiesta del Sol Stakes Set for Sunday at Sunland Park
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A total of $1.1 million in purse money will be offered in seven stakes races during Sunland Park’s Fiesta del Sol on Sunday.

The nine-race all-Thoroughbred card will be topped by the 1 1/8-mile, $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3-year-old, which will replace for just one year the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3). A full field of 12 sophomores has been entered in the Festival of Racing Stakes, including Found Money, a multiple stakes winner in California last season.

Sunland Park’s Fiesta del Sol program will also feature three races for New Mexico-breds -- the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R) for 3-year-old fillies, the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) for 3-year-olds, and the 5 1/2-furlong, $85,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) for fillies and mares.

Following is a preview of all seven stakes races, listed in the order they will be run. Click here for complimentary Brisnet past performances for the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes. Click here for complimentary past performances for the Plum Pretty Stakes.

All estimated post times are local.

RACE 1 (Estimated post time, 1:30)
NEW MEXICO BREEDERS’ OAKS (R)
Purse, $100,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies


Indian Tiva, a two-time stakes winner at Zia Park during her 2-year-old season, will make her two-turn debut in this race.

A homebred daughter of the Indian Charlie stallion Shame On Charlie, Indian Tiva races for Barbara Brown of Hobbs, New Mexico, who also trains the filly. Indian Tiva has earned $163,638 from seven starts, and her three wins include last year’s 6-furlong, $140,000-added New Mexico Cup Lassie Championship (R) on November 1, and the open 6-furlong, $55,000 Permian Basin Stakes on October 12.

Indian Tiva drew post 2 and will be ridden by Elvin Gonzalez. The filly’s five opponents include Dust Alert, a homebred Right Rigger filly trained by Weston Martin for brothers Larry Teague and Harry Teague of Hobbs. Dust Alert began her career with a three-race win streak that included a 2 3/4-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong, $166,000 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Jessie Who (Francisco Duran), 4-1; Indian Tiva (Elvin Gonzalez), 2-1; Tipsy Tea (Roimes Chirinos), 5-2; Kimbell (Ken Tohill), 5-1; Scandalous Romana (Enrique Gomez), 15-1; and Dust Alert (Ry Eikleberry), 3-1.

RACE 3 (Estimated post time, 2:24)
LA CONEJA STAKES (R)
Purse, $85,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
New Mexico-bred fillies & mares, 4-year-olds & older


Desert Stepper, a 4-year-old Desert God filly owned by L Squared Racing LLC and Joe Allen, will be making her first start at the 5 1/2-furlong trip in this race.

Trained by Joel Marr, Desert Stepper will be shortening in distance off of her second-place finish, a head behind Zasha, in the 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) on February 27. The filly drew post 3 and will be ridden once again by Ken Tohill.

Trainer Bart Hone will send out two contenders, including morning-line favorite My Bikini Fell Off. A homebred 5-year-old Elusive Jazz mare racing for Brian Mundell, My Bikini Fell Off rallied to win the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on December 20.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Tea Light (Christian Santiago Reyes), 6-1; My Bikini Fell Off (Ry Eikleberry), 3-1; Desert Stepper (Ken Tohill), 7-2; Woodacouldadid (Enrique Gomez), 4-1; Spotlight Miss (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 8-1; Traders Pride (Glen Murphy), 5-1; and Renewed Vows (Roimes Chirinos).

RACE 4 (Estimated post time, 2:53)
BILL THOMAS MEMORIAL STAKES
Purse, $100,000 -- 6 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older


Teed Off Stable LLC’s Dirt Monster will risk his two-race win streak in this 6 1/2-furlong test for older sprinters.

Dirt Monster is trained by Justin Evans, who also will send out Earl Neugebauer’s Redneck Humor. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Line Of David, Dirt Monster is coming off of a four-length victory as the 6-5 choice in the 6-furlong, $75,000 Budweiser Stakes on February 28.

Dirt Monster drew post 3 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Wine Police (Enrique Gomez), 5-1; Franklyenergized (Francisco Duran), 10-1; Dirt Monster (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 2-1; Redneck Humor (Martin Garcia), 6-1; Forin Sea (Ricardo Jaime), 4-1; Forest Mouse (Ry Eikleberry), 9-2; Mail (Christian Santiago Reyes), 8-1; and Whine For Wine (Roimes Chirinos), 10-1.

RACE 6 (Estimated post time, 3:54)
NEW MEXICO BREEDERS’ DERBY (R)
Purse, $100,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds


Gold Boundry, a multiple stakes winning son of Quinton’s Gold racing for Bessie Prather, Steve Prather, and Dwayne Taylor, is one of eight state-bred sophomores entered in the 1 1/16-mile test.

Gold Boundry is coming off of a wire-to-wire, head victory in the 1-mile, $85,000 Red Hedeman Stakes (R) on March 1. The homebred gelding has won two stakes, both at the 1-mile distance.

Gold Boundry drew post 6 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for trainer Todd Fincher. His seven opponents include Jonesey Who, a homebred son of Quinton’s Gold trained by Joel Marr for owners Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas. The winner of the 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) on January 10, the gelding ran second to Gold Boundry in the Red Hedeman Stakes.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Oh Parrdonn Mee (Roimes Chirinos), 15-1; True Heat (Enrique Gomez), 6-1; King Of Art (J.C. Villanueva), 12-1; Mystic Who (Javier Castellano), 4-1; Doms Dynamo (Ry Eikleberry), 8-1; Gold Boundry (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 2-1; Ten Penny Cents (Christian Santiago Reyes), 6-1; and Jonesey Who (Ken Tohill), 5-2.

RACE 7 (Estimated post time, 4:25)
PLUM PRETTY STAKES
Purse, $200,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-old fillies


Michael B. Tabor’s Thrilled, a bay daughter of Uncle Mo from the barn of seven-time Eclipse award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, will make her 3-year-old debut in this race, which for one season will replace the Sunland Park Oaks.

Thrilled last raced on November 28, when she ran second, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Lewis Bay, in the 1 1/8-mile, $300,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City. The 7-5 morning-line favorite in the Plum Pretty, Thrilled drew post 2 and will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

Four-time champion trainer Bob Baffert will send out Family Tree, a multiple stakes placed Smart Strike filly, for owners Gary and Mary West. A $225,000 buy at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Family Tree is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign during which she ran second in three stakes, including the December 13, 1-mile Trapeze Stakes on a sloppy track at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Family Tree (Martin Garcia), 2-1; Thrilled (Javier Castellano), 7-5; L J’s Awesome Girl (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 20-1; Ready And Set (Ken Tohill), 30-1; K P Wildcat (Ry Eikleberry), 7-2; Where’s The D (Mario Gutierrez), 4-1; and Sweet Bea (Alejandro Medellin), 20-1.

RACE 8 (Estimated post time, 4:57)
HARRY HENSON HANDICAP
Purse, $100,000 -- 1 mile
Fillies & mares, 3-years-old & older


Teed Off Stable LLC’s Belleofthebeach, the runner-up in this race last year, will be shooting for her fifth career stakes victory in this year’s Harry Henson Handicap.

Assigned to carry top weight of 120 pounds by racing secretary Robbie Junk, Belleofthebeach is a 5-year-old mare by Master Command trained by Justin Evans. Belleofthebeach will be stretching out in distance off of her third-place finish, one length behind Harry Henson rival Warrens Puppy Love, in the 6-furlong, $75,000 El Diario Stakes on March 1.

Alfredo Juarez Jr. will ride Belleofthebeach from the rail post on Sunday.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Belleofthebeach (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 120), 7-2; Caviar Kitty (Francisco Duran, 114), 20-1; Babes Cyber Slew (Jesiere Medina, 113), 6-1; She’s Reddy (Ry Eikleberry, 115), 5-1; Warrens Puppy Love (Ken Tohill, 119), 4-1; Dublin Dancer (Enrique Gomez, 113), 20-1; Tiger Moth (Javier Castellano, 116), 5-1; Naomi (Frank Reyes, 113), 15-1; Sky Rant (Martin Garcia, 115), 6-1; and Diez Dancer (Elvin Gonzalez, 115), 8-1.

RACE 9 (Estimated post time, 5:30)
SUNLAND PARK FESTIVAL OF RACING STAKES
Purse, $415,000 -- 1 1/8 miles
3-year-olds


Found Money will be making his first start in 10 weeks in this race, which for one season replaces the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby.

Found Money is trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing LLC, which also bred the chestnut colt by Square Eddie. Found Money won two stakes last season, including the 1-mile, $100,000 King Glorious Stakes (R) for California-bred juveniles at Los Alamitos.

Found Money drew the rail post and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez. The colt’s 11 opponents include Speedway Stable LLC’s Collected, a Kentucky-bred son of City Zip trained by Bob Baffert. Collected has banked $136,200 from four races, and his two wins include a 1/14-length score as the 3-2 favorite in the 1-mile, $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on January 9.

Baffert and Garcia teamed to win Saturday’s Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park with the Tapit colt Cupid.

The complete lineup for the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Found Money (Mario Gutierrez, 7-2); Ice Box Tango (Francisco Duran), 50-1; Bruntino (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 12-1; Walk Out (Iram Diego), 10-1; Concord Fast (Ry Eikleberry), 6-1; Crown Of Ambition (Ricardo Jaime), 30-1; Cowboy Cool (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Collected (Martin Garcia), 5-2; Deputy’s Echo (Christian Santiago Reyes), 12-1; Music Giant (Enrique Gomez), 20-1; Dad (Ken Tohill), 30-1; and Gettysburg (Javier Castellano), 3-1.


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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