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Ignored Breaks Maiden in Copper Top Futurity
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Ignored, a homebred son of The Way Home racing for Steve Prather and Bessie Prather, broke his maiden in the May 3, $125,585 Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Ruby Gonzalez for trainer Todd Fincher and sent to post as the 9-5 second choice in the field of nine, Ignored covered 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.12. The chestnut gelding’s winning margin was 2 1/2 lengths from My Mirage.

Ignored became the fifth black-type stakes winner sired by The Way Home, an unraced 12-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Giant’s Causeway and a full brother to Grade 3 winner Giant Wrecker. The Way Home’s 66 starters have earned more than $2.5 million and include multiple stakes winner My Homey and stakes winners Way To Go Gerda, Western Way, and E Bar Way.

A half brother to four stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Prenup, Grade 2 winner Cat’s At Home, and Grade 3 winner Honor The Hero, The Way Home is owned by a partnership, and he stands for a $2,500 fee at Steve and Susie Prather’s Doubletree Farm in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Ignored is also one of six winners from seven starters foaled by Spectacular Place. A winning 17-year-old daughter of the Cox’s Ridge stallion Out Of Place, Spectacular Place has produced a total of three stakes winners, including My Homey, a full brother to Ignored who won the 2011 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs and Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park, and Quinton’s Place, a Quinton’s Gold gelding who won the ’09 Totah Stakes (R).

Ignored traces back to his fourth dam, Sea Sister, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Sea-Bird. A Kentucky-bred 1971 foal, Sea Sister was a full sister to multiple stakes winner Sea Saga and a half to stakes winner and the Grade 1-placed Roba Bella.

Ignored made his debut with a second-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind Blooming Heat, in a Copper Top Futurity trial on April 17. The $62,792 winner’s share of the Copper Top purse pushed his bankroll to $64,756 from two outs.

Happy Hennessy finished third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Ignored, and was followed by 7-10 favorite Blooming Heat, Fire Squall, Miss Marilynn Rae, She’s Charlita, Forgivnessis PWR, and Whoop Whoop.

My Mirage is a homebred colt by Diabolical racing for Bauer Farm LLC. My Mirage has won one of two starts, and the $25,117 runner-up share of the Copper Top Futurity purse increased his earnings to $30,472.

A homebred son of Roll Hennessy Roll campaigned by Fred Danley, Happy Hennessy was coming off of a second-place finish in a Copper Top trial. The chestnut gelding has banked $17,034 from three races.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.

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