Saturday, June 16, 2012
Making her career debut, Gary L. Balzano's K B's Princess scored a two-length win in Saturday's $75,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park.
K B's Princess made her 4 1/2-furlong trip in :52.39 under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. Greg Green prepped the bay daughter of King Bull.
K B's Princess was bred by Tucumcari Thoroughbreds, and the filly became the second stakes winner from five starters sired by King Bull, a winning son of six-time Grade 1 winner and 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull and a half brother to Canadian champion and Grade 2-winner Talkin Man.
King Bull was the New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association's top freshman Thoroughbred sire two years ago. One of his starters, Shamrock Girl, won the 2010 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque and the La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park the following season.
Now 11, King Bull has sired the earners of more than $355,000. He stands at Balzano Farm in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
K B's Princess' dam, Last Danz, is a winning 10-year-old New Mexico-bred mare by the Northern Dancer stallion Danzatore. Campaigned exclusively in the state from 2004-06, Last Danz won three of 19 starts and earned $71,434, and her race record included a third-place finish in Hush's Gold's 2006 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
K B's Princess banked the $45,000 winner's share of the Kendrick Memorial Purse. Sent to post at odds of 9-1, the filly returned a $20.40 win mutuel and paired with runner-up Lakehouse Fun, the 2-1 second choice in the field of seven, for a $2 exacta payoff of $153.20.
La Luz finished third, two lengths behind the winner, and was followed by stakes winner and 11-10 favorite Hennessy Road, Star Of Wonder, My Lil Reggin, and Lisa Sue.
A homebred dark bay or brown filly racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, Lakehouse Fun was coming off of a head victory in a 5-furlong Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trial at Ruidoso Downs on June 8, a race that marked her career debut. The daughter of the Hennessy stallion Roll Hennessy Roll has earned $18,600 from two starts.
La Luz is a chestnut filly by the Old Trieste stallion Minister Eric who has banked $16,080 from two races for her owner, Diana Bringhurst. La Luz was just four weeks removed from a wire-to-wire, two-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong, $14,300 maiden special weight sprint for state-breds on May 20.