Saturday, June 23, 2012
A sharp break from post 3 helped Gotloveifyouwantit score her first career stakes win in Saturday's $75,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at SunRay Park.
Owned and trained by Jesus Marquez and ridden by Albert Medrano, Gotloveifyouwantit covered 400 yards in :19.722, earning an 85 speed index and defeating 5-2 favorite Wish You Had One To by a neck. The chestnut daughter of Genuine Strawfly and one-time $10,000 claimer was coming off of a fifth-place finish in the 350-yard, $110,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on April 14.
Call Me A Blazn Chic, a two-time graded futurity winner last season, rallied to finish third after a slow start.
“She came out of the gates real fast, and after that she just kept going,” said Medrano. “I saw a little bit of trouble (with Call Me A Blazn Chic) on the inside of me, and I thought to myself that I needed to take advantage of that.
“I thought if we could get away from her, we'd be tough,” he added.
Gotloveifyouwantit was bred by Jack H. Norris. The filly's sire, Genuine Strawfly, is a 13-year-old son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special who won the 2002 All American (G1) and Ruidoso (G2) derbies. Genuine Strawfly's top runners include Klassic Strawfly, a 6-year-old gelding who won the June 10, $75,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park, and graded stakes winners One Diamond Kitty, Here Kittykittykitty, Jenuine Joy, Genuine American, and Genuine Streaker.
Genuine Strawfly stands for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerta Equine in Roswell, New Mexico.
Gotloveifyouwantit's dam, Sinn Bug Special, is an unraced 12-year-old daughter of the Special Effort mare Special Task. The filly's third dam, Miss Mighty Bug, was an Oklahoma-bred mare by Lady Bug's Moon who won two futurities at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana in 1973.
All told, Gotloveifyouwantit has won four of nine starts, and the $45,000 winner's share of the Duke Smith Stakes pushed her bankroll to $89,994, of which $73,684 has been earned this year. The filly won two of her three outs during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet, including a 350-yard, $37,000 non-winners-of-three allowance sprint for state-bred sophomores on January 29.
“We were pretty confident coming into the race today,” said Miguel Castillo, assistant to trainer Jesus Marquez. “Then after (Call Me A Blazn Chic) had a little trouble coming out of the gate, I thought the race was pretty much over.”
Call Me A Blazn Chic finished a half of a length behind Gotloveifyouwantit. Yawl Coming, Sparklin Royal, and My Soul Mate completed the order of finish.
Runner-up Wish You Had One To is a bay daughter of Stel Corona campaigned by Royal Dream Ranch LLC, which claimed the filly for $10,000 at Sunland on February 25. Wish You Had One To has won two of 13 races and has earned $78,684, of which $46,200 has been banked since the claim, and her stakes record includes a second-place finish to Little Bit Southern in the 400-yard, $85,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) at SunRay on April 29.
A brown filly by the late Chicks A Blazn, Call Me A Blazn Chic has banked $411,035 from 11 races for her owner, Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas. Call Me A Blazn Chic's three lifetime victories include last season's 400-yard, $384,031 Zia Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs and 400-yard, $330,643 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.