Saturday, December 07, 2013
Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty earned his third consecutive victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Prepped by Wes Giles, Here Kittykittykitty stopped the timer in :19.830 against a 16-mph head wind under jockey Larry Gamez, who has ridden the 6-year-old gelding in all three of his wins during the streak. Here Kittykittykitty’s margin of victory was a neck from Jess Rueben James, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the Jess Burner purse pushed his earnings to $613,824, all of which has been banked in New Mexico.
Here Kittykittykitty was coming off of a half-length victory in the 440-yar,d $180,480 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship at Zia Park on October 27. The gelding was bred by Jay and Mary Lou Standefer of Roswell, New Mexico, and his sire, Genuine Strawfly, is a 14-year-old Grade 1-winning son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special.
Racing in New Mexico from 2001-02, Genuine Strawfly banked $181,091 from 11 starts, and his race record included victories in the ’02 All American Derby (G1) and Ruidoso Derby (G2) at Ruidoso Downs. The stallion’s top runners include Aful Alibi, the winner of the November 27, $150,480 New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1) at Zia Park, and graded stakes winners One Diamond Kitty, Jenuine Joy, Genuine American, and Genuine Streaker.
Genuine Strawfly has sired 12 stakes winners and the earners of more than $6.6 million from 203 starters. The stallion is owned by J & L Stables LLC, and he will stand the 2014 season for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach’s Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell.
Here Kittykittykitty is a full brother to One Diamond Kitty, a 2006 foal who won three stakes in New Mexico, including the 2010 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap by a nose from Here Kittykittykitty. The gelding’s dam, One Diamond Cat, is an unraced 12-year-old daughter of two-time AQHA champion Now I Know.
Here Kittykittykitty’s second dam, the Shoot No mare No Billi Jo, won the 1997 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Sent to post as the 5-2 favorite in the full field of 10, Here Kittykittykitty returned a $7.80 win mutuel and paired with Jess Rueben James, a 15-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $79.40. An Absolut Diamond ran third, a half of a length behind the winner, to complete a $531.30 ($1) trifecta.
Osbaldo, Bet On Ballou, PJ Chick In Black, Reckless Wind, RCJ Major Storm, Caliente Colt, and Junior June Bug completed the order of finish.
Jess Rueben James has won two of 17 races and has earned $210,754 for owner Currie J. Maben of Clovis, New Mexico, who also bred the gelded sophomore son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jesse James Jr. During the Zia Park meet, Jess Rueben James outran his 27-1 odds to win the 440-yard, $198,655 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2).
A homebred 3-year-old son of champion Ketel Won, An Absolut Diamond races for Sandy Farris, Marc Jungers, and Lisa McMinn. The gelding has won four of 12 outs and has banked $93,101, and his stakes resume includes a third-place finish in the January 5, $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park.