Sunday, December 15, 2013
Francisco Giles rode longshot High Test Gal to a convincing 5 1/2-length victory in the 1-mile, $85,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park on Sunday
Saddled by Hermenegildo “Poppy” Aldavaz for owner Denny Crozier of Hobbs, New Mexico, High Test Gal made her eight-furlong trip in 1:39.35 while scoring her first career stakes win. The homebred daughter of High Octane was sent to post at odds of 15-1 in the full field of 10 and returned a $32.80 win mutuel.
High Test Gal became the first stakes winner sired by High Octane, a winning 11-year-old Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy and a half brother to two graded stakes winners, including multiple Grade 1 winner Grand Slam. High Octane has sired the earners of more than $113,200 from 13 starters.
High Octane is owned by William T. Stradley and Tom A. Williams, and he stands 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 15-year-old mare by the Sunny’s Halo stallion Dispersal. The filly’s second dam, the winning Sezyou mare Sezyou Queen, ran second in the 1993 Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
High Test Gal traces back to her fourth dam, San Salvador, a daughter of First Landing who foaled stakes winners Sunny Sal and Crimson Nimrod.
All told, High Test Gal has won three of six starts, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the Enchantress Stakes purse pushed her bankroll to $91,680. The Enchantress marked the filly’s first out since October 27, when she ran third, 15 lengths behind winner That’s The Idea, in the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes (R) at Zia Park.
Lady Genius, the 9-5 second choice, ran second to complete a $106.20 ($2) exacta. Rollsetroll, a 27-1 longshot, finished third, 7 1/2 lengths behind High Test Gal, to round out a $1 trifecta payoff of $582.40.
That’s The Idea, the 6-5 favorite, ran fourth and was followed by Ilikewinnin, B B Looker, My Dandy Girl, Got Aces, Siempre Sol, and Devious.
A homebred daughter of Quinton’s Gold, Lady Genius has won five of eight outs and has earned $270,036 for owners W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson and Leach Racing LLC. The filly began her career with a four-race winning streak that included victories in the fillies division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $88,389 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park on April 13, and the 4 1/2-furlong, $65,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 8.
Rollsetroll has won one of seven starts and has banked $52,684 for owner Linda Hunter, who also bred the dark bay or brown daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll. The filly was four weeks removed from a second-place run in an entry-level 5 1/2-furlong, $32,000 allowance sprint for state-bred 2-year-old fillies at Zia Park.