Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sent to post at odds of 11-1, Pierre and Leslie Amestoy's Daddy O. rallied to win Sunday's $110,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.
Daddy O. covered his 1 1/16-mile trip in 1:43.62 under jockey Alejandro Medellin. His margin of victory was a neck from On Down The Road, whose rider, Ken Tohill, lodged an objection against the winner for interference inside the eighth-pole that was disallowed by the stewards. Ross Amestoy saddled the dark bay or brown 7-year-old Chimes Band gelding.
Daddy O. was bred by the Amestoys, longtime residents of Albuquerque. The gelding is one of 24 stakes winners from 255 starters sired by Chimes Band, a Kentucky-bred son of Dixieland Band who won two Grade 2 stakes in 1994, including the 7-furlong King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.
Chimes Band has sired the earners of more than $14.6 million. The stallion died in 2005.
Daddy O.'s dam, Scifi Flick, is a winning daughter of Siphon (BRZ) who ran second in the 2001 Kachina Stakes at Ruidoso Downs and third in the '02 Ruidoso Oaks. The mare has foaled three winners from as many starters, including Flickity Split, a half sister to Daddy O. and a finalist in the 2008 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Daddy O.'s third dam, the Silver Screen mare French Flick, won the Fairway Fun Stakes at Latonia Racetrack in Kentucky in '83.
All told, Daddy O. has won nine of 19 races, and the $66,000 winner's share of the New Mexico State University Handicap purse increased his earnings to $315,583. The gelding was coming off of consecutive third-place finishes in allowance-optional claiming races at Sunland Park.
Daddy O.'s stakes resume includes a three-length victory as the 19-10 favorite in the 2009 New Mexico State University Handicap.
Daddy O. returned a $24.20 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up On Down The Road for a $253.80 ($2) exacta. Double Smart, a 24-1 longshot, ran third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, to complete a $5,576.50 ($1) trifecta payoff.
Soaring Goddess, Attitude E Racer, Rig's Runner, Desert Gamble, Nuggets Please, Max Bean, Spinning Touch, 5-2 favorite Brother Louie, and Lesters Secret completed the order of finish.
On Down The Road has banked $75,535 from seven starts for his owner, Lisa M. Rehburg. A 4-year-old gelding by Desert God, On The Road has won two races, including a 1 mile and 70 yard entry-level allowance at Sunland Park on January 22.
Double Smart was ridden by Glen Murphy, the leading jockey during the 31-day Sam Houston Race Park meet, which ended March 12. The 6-year-old gelding by the Afternoon Deelites stallion Premeditation, who races for Roger K. Beasley and Leach Racing, has earned $340,895 from 33 outs, and his three career stakes wins include last year's 1-mile, $100,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) at SunRay Park, and the 2010 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park.