Saturday, January 11, 2014
Denny Crozier’s High Test Gal came from off the pace to win Saturday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park.
Prepped by Hermenegildo “Poppy” Aldavaz and ridden by Francisco Giles, High Test Gal made her three-quarter mile trip in 1:10.41 after she closed on the fractions of :21.51 and :44.57 set by multiple stakes winner and even-money favorite That’s The Idea. The $51,000 winner’s share of the La Senora purse increased her earnings to $142,680 from seven starts.
High Test Gal was bred by Crozier, a resident of Hobbs, New Mexico, and a member of the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association board of trustees. The filly is the first stakes winner from 13 starters sired by High Octane, a winning 12-year-old son of the Seattle Slew stallion A.P. Indy and the multiple stakes-winning and graded stakes placed El Gran Senor mare Bright Candles..
High Octane entered stud in 2011, and his runners have thus far banked more than $164,700. The stallion is owned by William T. Stradley and Tom A. Williams, and he is standing the 2014 season at S-W Cattle Co. in Hobbs.
High Test Gal is also one of two winners from four starters produced by Final Dispersal, a winning 16-year-old Florida-bred daughter of the Sunny’s Halo stallion Dispersal. The filly’s second dam, the Sezyou mare Sezyou Queen, ran second in stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and Detroit Racecourse during her 3-year-old season in ’93.
High Test Gal traces back to her fourth dam, the First Landing mare San Salvador. A 1962 foal, San Salvador foaled a pair of stakes winners, including Sunny Sal, a daughter of Sunrise County who won the ’70 Damsel Stakes at Detroit.
High Test Gal was coming off of a 5 1/2-length victory at odds of 15-1 in the 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on December 15. All told, the filly has won four of seven races and three of her last four outs.
The 2-1 second choice in the field of eight, High Test Gal returned a $6.60 win mutuel. Rollsetroll, a 9-1 longshot, ran second, 4 1/2 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $36.40.
That’s The Idea, Storm With Flair, Zasha, My Dandy Girl, Roll So Gold, and Unofficial Winner completed the order of finish.
Rollsetroll has earned $71,384 from eight starts for owner Linda Hunter. A dark bay or brown filly by the Hennessy stallion Roll Hennessy Roll, she has won one race, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight sprint at Zia Park on September 8, and her race record includes a third-place finish in the Enchantress Stakes.
That’s The Idea has won three of six outs for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, who also bred the bay daughter of the Artax stallion Diabolical. That’s The Idea has banked $234,035, and her stakes resume includes a 1 1/4-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong, $193,730 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 28, and an 8 3/4-length win as the even-money choice in the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 27.