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GM Gage Rallies to Win New Mexico State University Handicap
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A perfectly timed ride by Roimes Chirinos helped G M Gage score a neck victory in Saturday’s $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

Trained by Gary Cross for Maurcenia Cross of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, G M Gage covered 1 mile and 70 yards in 1:41.40 after closing on the fractions of :24.17, :47.50 and 1:11.09 established by Song Of Laura and Weather Dodger. The homebred 4-year-old gelding was sent to post at odds of 16-1 in the field of 10 and earned his first career stakes win.


G M Gage became the first black-type stakes winner from 25 starters sired by Elijah’s Song, a winning Kentucky-bred son of 1995 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes (G1) winner Unbridled’s Song. A half brother to Todo Un Senor, a stakes winner in Venezuela five years ago, Elijah’s Song has sired the earners of more than $828,000.

G M Gage is also one of four winners from five starters produced by Book The Cat, a 17-year-old winning daughter of the multiple Grade 1-winning Storm Cat stallion Tabasco Cat. The gelding is a half brother to Numberoneson, a gelded son of Mr. Trieste who ran second in the 2011 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

G M Gage’s second dam, the Kentucky-bred Mari’s Book mare Oka No Book, won the $105,000 River Downs Breeders’ Cup Handicap at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio, in ’97. A 1994 foal, Oka No Book is a half sister to Imperial Palace, a stakes winner at River Downs in ’89.

G M Gage traces back to his fourth dam, the unraced Mountain Call (GB) mare Palaska (IRE). A ’73 foal, Palaska produced Tebaldo Brusato (IRE), a stakes winner in Italy in 1985.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, G M Gage has won four of his 18 starts, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the New Mexico State University Handicap purse pushed his bankroll to $141,464, of which $74,399 has been earned from two wins in three outs this season. The gelding was coming off of a third-place finish in a 1-mile, $35,395 allowance route at Sunland on February 26.

G M Gage returned a $34.60 win mutuel and paired with runner-up Weather Dodger, a 10-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta dividend of $229.80. Song Of Laura held on for third at odds of 9-2 to finish off a $1 trifecta return of $1,140.80.

Vic Tories, 2-1 favorite Streaks Bro, The Waki Rapper, Desert Mystery, E Bar Way, Rising Giant, and Cross Chris Run completed the order of finish.

Weather Dodger is a homebred 4-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Weather Warning campaigned by Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California. The gelding has earned $117,056 from 13 races, and his two wins include a half-length victory in last year’s 1 1/16-mile, $100,380 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park.

Song Of Laura races for Barbara M. Coleman of Farmington, New Mexico, who also bred the 4-year-old gelded son of the stakes-winning Sultry Song stallion Song Of Navarone. Song Of Laura has won two of eight outs and has earned $81,510, and his resume includes third-place runs in the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) on January 16, and the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) on December 20.

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