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Iplaytricks Scores Upset Victory in Sydney Valentini Handicap
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Ken Tohill rode Iplaytricks to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's 1-mile, $110,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

Sent to post at odds of 7-1, Iplaytricks made her eight-furlong trip in 1:38.46 while scoring her second career official black-type stakes win. Rose's Desert, the 1-5 favorite in the field of 10, three-quarters of a length in front of 37-1 longshot Soaring Goddess.

Joel Marr saddled Iplaytricks for owner Michael C. Stinson.

Iplaytricks was bred by H. Joseph Allen of Abilene, Texas, and the 4-year-old dark bay or brown filly is one of 21 stakes winner sired by Desert God, an unraced stallion by Fappiano who has sired the earners of more than $9.006 million, including three of the seven Thoroughbred stakes winners on last year's New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park.

Now 21, Desert God is owned by Allen and stands at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.

Iplaytricks is also the first starter foaled by I Like Tricks, an unraced 10-year-old New Mexico-bred daughter of the Phone Trick stallion Tricky Fun. The filly's third dam, the Choreographer mare Dratahni's Dance, won the 1988 Las Mujeres Handicap at The Downs at Santa Fe.

The $66,000 winner's share of the Sydney Valentini Handicap purse increased Iplaytricks' bankroll to $246,790 from 14 starts. Her seven wins include last year's 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders' Oaks (R) at Sunland Park. The filly also defeated open company when she won the 6-furlong, $40,000 Aspen Cup Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Iplaytricks returned a $16.40 win mutuel and teamed with Rose's Desert for a $32.20 ($2) exacta. Soaring Goddess completed a $306.80 ($2) trifecta payoff.

Cali Baby, Devon's Spirit, Jengoneby, Highspeed Rescue, Time For Deception, Desert Tap, and Elvira Who completed the order of finish.

Rose's Desert entered the Sydney Valentini with a four-race win streak that included the 6-furlong, $110,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland on December 11, and the 1-mile, $182,100 Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 30. The homebred 4-year-old Desert God filly has earned $240,985 from six races for her owner, Joe Peacock.

Soaring Goddess is a 5-year-old bay daughter of Desert God campaigned by Equine Enterprises LLC, and she was just one week removed from a seventh-place finish against open distaffers in the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 El Diario Stakes at Sunland. Soaring Goddess has won five of 21 outs, including two races during the 2011 Zia Park fall meet, and she has banked $118,417.

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