Sunday, December 02, 2012
Jenson's Miracle, a homebred gelding racing for Lucky Six Inc., outran his odds to win Sunday's $125,480 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park.
Saddled by Johnnie Nall and ridden by Enrique Gomez, Jenson's Miracle covered his 1-mile trip in 1:41.40 while defeating 5-2 second choice Indication N M by a nose. The $75,000 winner's share of the purse pushed the gelding's earnings to $143,670.
Jenson's Miracle became the first stakes winner sired by Rocket Included, a winning son of the Broad Brush stallion Include. Now 7, Rocket Included ran second to Yonegwa in the 2007 A.C. Kemp Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque and fourth in that season's New Mexico Eddy County Stakes.
Rocket Included's four starters have earned more than $165,300. The stallion is owned by Henry Dominguez, and he stood the 2012 season at Lucky Six Farm in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Jenson's Miracle's dam, Dela's Diamond, is a 19-year-old New Mexico-bred daughter of the High Tribute stallion Half High. Racing exclusively in New Mexico from 1995-99, Dela's Diamond banked $62,013 from 51 starts, and her 13 wins included four stakes.
Jenson's Miracle's third dam, the winning King Of The Castle mare Western Saint, ran second in the 1982 Dessie Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. The gelding traces back to his fifth dam, Ivalinda, a daughter of Sport Page who was a multiple stakes winner in the 1960s.
Jenson's Miracle prepped for his first career stakes win with a three-quarter length win in a 1-mile, $46,500 allowance route for state-bred 2-year-olds on November 13. All told, the gelding has won three of seven races, and his race record includes a second-place finish to Attila's Parting in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 19.
Sent to post at odds of 18-1, Jenson's Miracle returned a $39.60 win mutuel and paired with Indication N M for a $147.60 ($2) trifecta. Keagan's Way, a 36-1 longshot, ran third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $1,130.
Devon's Iron Giant finished fourth and was followed by 6-5 favorite Thermal, Rojocango, Rio El Diablo, Seattle Flash, Vince Carter, and Dom Cat.
A chestnut gelding by the Forest Wildcat stallion Attila's Storm and a $16,000 purchase at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Indication N M was coming off of a second-place finish to Thermal in the 6-furlong, $140,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (R) on October 28. The gelding has banked $131,445 from eight outs for his owners, Robert F. Haynsworth and J & SM Inc. and his four career wins include a three-quarter length victory against open company in the 6-furlong, $55,090 Governor's Cup Stakes at Zia Park on October 14.
Keagan's Way is a homebred gelding by The Way Home campaigned by Donnell Echols of Lamesa, Texas. An earner of $18,200 from four races, The Way Home was making his first start since August 13, when he scored a three-quarter length win as the 3-2 choice in a 7 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race for state-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.