Sunday, March 11, 2012
A sharp break from post 10 helped Here Kittykittykitty score his fourth career stakes win in Sunday's Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG3) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park.
Saddled by J. Martin Bourdieu for owner Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, Here Kittykittykitty went 350 yards in :16.897 under jockey J. Martin Bourdieu. The 5-year-old gelding's margin of victory was a neck, and the winner's share of the $110,000 purse increased his earnings to $413,924.
“I never had to ask him once,” said Bourdieu, who also rode Here Kittykittykitty in the gelding's neck victory in the 400-yard, $110,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park on December 10. “He did this all on his own.”
Here Kittykittykitty was bred by Jay and Mary Lou Standefer of Roswell, New Mexico, who sold the gelding to Neugebauer in a private transaction after his sixth-place finish in last year's Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap. His sire, Genuine Strawfly, is a sorrel 13-year-old son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special who won the 2002 All American (G1) and Ruidoso (G2) derbies at Ruidoso Downs.
Genuine Strawfly's top runners include graded stakes winners Genuine Streaker, Genuine American, Jenuine Joy and One Diamond Kitty, a full brother to Here Kittykittykitty. The stallion is owned by J & L Stables LLC and Fredda Draper, and he stands for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell.
Here Kittykittykitty's dam, One Diamond Cat, is an unraced 11-year-old daughter of two-time AQHA champion Now I Know. The mare has produced three winners from four starters, including One Diamond Kitty, a three-time New Mexico-bred stakes winner and runner-up to champion Jess You And I in the 2010 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in Oklahoma, and Brooksy, a half sister to Here Kittykittykitty and a finalist in last year's $254,408 Mountain Top Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
Here Kittykittykitty's second dam, No Billi Jo, is a stakes-winning 17-year-old daughter of the Coup de Kas (TB) stallion Shoot No.
Here Kittykittykitty was making his first start since December 31, when he ran fifth, 5 ¾ lengths behind eventual AQHA world champion Cold Cash 123, in the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1). The gelding has won six of 18 outs, including the 2010 Zia Derby (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs and New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park.
Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in the full field of 10, Here Kittykittykitty returned a $3.80 win mutuel. Runner-up Genuine American, the 9-2 second choice, ran second to complete a $15.40 ($2) exacta.
A First Caller finished third, one length behind the winner, and was followed by Snow Regard, Dueling Juan, Tecate N Lyme, BJ Bring It On, One Diamond Kitty, Famous Caillie, and Stel Gone Corona.
Genuine American is a homebred 8-year-old son of Genuine Strawfly racing for J & L Stables LLC of Roswell and Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs. The gelding has banked $279,218 from 30 starts, and his eight victories include the $60,600 New Mexico Breeders' Handicap (RG3) at SunRay Park in 2007.
A homebred 7-year-old gelding by Calligrapher campaigned by Richard R. Shearer of Portales, New Mexico, A First Caller won last year's 440-yard, $50,000 New Mexico Breeders' Championship (RG3) on closing day of The Downs at Albuquerque meet. All told, A First Caller has won nine of 40 outs and has earned $454,964, and his two career stakes victories include the '08 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG1).