Friday, May 31, 2013
A full field of 10 New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Bet On Ballou, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, has drawn post 8. An 8-year-old gelding by the Strawfly Special stallion Sum Fun To Bet owned by Quarter Circle W Bar LLC and trained by Wes Giles, Bet On Ballou sports a four-race win streak that includes a neck victory in the 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park on March 10.
All told, Bet On Ballou has won 11 of 23 starts and has earned $199,905, of which $103,200 has been banked this year. Jaime Leos will ride the gelding on Sunday.
Bet On Ballou's nine opponents include Melvin Neugebauer's Here Kittykittykitty, a 6-year-old son of Genuine Strawfly also trained by Giles. The gelding has won six of 20 outs and has earned $427,474, and he is coming off of a fourth-place finish in the Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap.
Jimmy Drake contender WDC Wendys Wine is the lone filly or mare entered in the race. The 4-year-old daughter of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge is coming off of a third-place finish in the April 28, 400-yard Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) for owners Alonso and Sylvia Aranda.
The Jimmy Drake Stakes honors the memory of Jimmy Allen Drake, a longtime racehorse breeder and resident of Farmington, New Mexico, who died in March 2011. Drake served two terms on the Farmington City Council from 1972-80, and he served on the New Mexico Racing Commission in the early 1980s. He also was president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association in 1985.
The Jimmy Drake Stakes will be run as the fourth race on SunRay Park's nine-race program. Approximate post time is 2:07 p.m. (MDT).
The complete lineup for the Jimmy Drake, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – My Big Chief (Fernando Rojas), 20-1 Here Kittykittykitty (J. Martin Bourdieu), 3-1; Miracle Snow (Larry Gamez), 6-1 Corona Dream (Isaias Cardenas), 12-1; Klassic Strawfly (Macario Rodriguez), 8-1; Osbaldo (Alonso Rivera), 10-1; Vicente Y Su Corona (Daniel Torres), 20-1; Bet On Ballou (Jaime Leos), 5-2; Reckless Wind (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 6-1; and WDC Wendys Wine (Adam Martinez), 10-1.