Saturday, December 10, 2011
A sharp break from post 10 helped Here Kittykittykitty earn a hard-fought wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $110,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. for owners Melvin Neugebauer and Jill Giles and trainer Wes Giles, Here Kittykittykitty went 400 yards in :19.263 to post an 89 speed index. The sorrel 4-year-old gelding's winning margin was a neck from 17-10 Quatro Menudos, a 3-year-old gelding who was making his first start against older runners.
Here Kittykittykitty was bred by Jay and Mary Lou Standefer of Roswell. The gelding's sire, Genuine Strawfly, is a son of Strawfly Special who won the All American (G1) and Ruidoso (G2) derbies in 2002.
Genuine Strawfly's top runners include Jenuine Joy, a 5-year-old mare who has won five stakes during her career, and 2007 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) winner Genuine Streaker. The stallion 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 10-year-old daughter of two-time AQHA champion Now I Know. The mare has foaled three winners from four starters, including One Diamond Kitty, a full brother to Here Kittykittykitty who won last year's Jess Burner Memorial Handicap and who ran second in champion Jess You And I's 2010 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1).
Here Kittykittykitty's second dam, the New Mexico-bred Shoot No mare No Billi Jo, won the $69,913 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
All told, Here Kittykittykitty has won five of 16 starts, and the $66,000 winner's share of the Jess Burner purse increased his bankroll to $332,924. The gelding has won three stakes, including last year's 400-yard, $75,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park, and 400-yard, $126,924 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
One Diamond Kitty finished third, one length behind runner-up Quatro Menudos. FM Silver Mist, A First Caller, Brookstone Flash, Yayo, Dueling Juan, Down With You, and In Famous Caper completed the order of finish.
Quatro Menudos has earned $299,504 from eight outs for his owners, William McCarty, Paul Wood, and SW Paving & Grading, the partnership that also bred the 3-year-old gelding by Furyofthewind. Quatro Menudos' six victories include the October 30, $195,186 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park, and January 1, $313,502 Shue Fly Stakes (RG1) at Sunland Park.
One Diamond Kitty is a 5-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding racing for Albert and Chad Richard's A & C Racing and Roping. One Diamond Kitty has banked $527,827, and his seven wins in 29 starts include last year's Jess Burner Memorial Handicap and $177,115 New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship (RG1) at Zia Park.