Saturday, March 09, 2013
Breaking sharply from post 3, Lester's Echo led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park.
Lester's Echo set fractions of :22.05 and :44.57 before he reached the wire in :50.64 for 4 ½ furlongs. Isaias Cardenas rode the 6-year-old chestnut gelding for owners Diana Bringhurst and Jeff and Chris Meyers, and trainer J. Owen Bringhurst.
Lester's Echo was bred by the Estate of Lester Millican. The gelding became the first stakes winner from 36 starters sired by The Trader's Echo, a winning Kentucky-bred son of the Damascus stallion Eastern Echo who ran second in the 1999 Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (G3) at Pimlico Racecourse and who at one time held the 6 1/2-furlong track record at Keeneland.
The Trader's Echo's entered stud in 2003, and the stallion's starters have earned more than $1.019 million. Now 19, he is standing the 2013 season for a $3,000 (Canadian) fee at Ken and Maxine Anderson's Bar 17 Stable near Huxley, Alberta, Canada.
Lester's Echo's dam, Amy Doesn't Do Dat, is an 18-year-old California-bred daughter of the Grade 2-winning Damascus stallion Bailjumper. The mare has produced four winners and the earners of more than $384,000 from six starters.
Lester's Echo's fourth dam, the winning Noor mare Aminoor, produced Ami's Image and Zacatooya, a pair of stakes-placed mares in California during the late 1970s.
All told, Lester's Echo has won nine of 25 races, and the $51,000 winner's share of the Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap – named in honor of the landmark near Sunland Park – pushed his bankroll to $278,982. The gelding's stakes resume includes third-place finishes in last year's Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap and 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) during the Lineage Day program at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Kiss My Hennessy finished second, three-quarters of a length in front of Agiba Yulla. Doms Flash, Chuchuluco, Our Choice, Midnightlowdown, Pure D Gold, and Flash Me The Cash completed the order of finish.
A $19,000 buy at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Kiss My Hennessy has earned $204,448 from nine outs for owners Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks. The 3-year-old dark bay or brown gelding by Roll Hennessy Roll won two stakes last year, the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $120,989 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park, and the 5 1/2-furlong, $172,026 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) on Zia Festival Day at Ruidoso Downs.
Agiba Yulla is a homebred 6-year-old son of Devon Lane campaigned by Franklyn Macaron of Los Lunas, New Mexico. The gelding has won three of 19 starts and has banked $85,562, and his race record includes a second-place finish to multiple stakes winner Our Choice in last year's Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) at Albuquerque.