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Longshots Dominate Sunday's Thoroughbred Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque
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Storms Surprise and Dandy Devona R F outran their long odds to win Sunday's Thoroughbred stakes for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Storms Surprise, a homebred gelding by Attila's Storm racing for Margaret DuPont and Margaret Bloss, scored a four-length victory in the $81,050 George Maloof Futurity (R) for colts and geldings. Ridden by Brian Theriot for trainer Owen Bringhurst, Storms Surprise covered his 6-furlong trip in 1:10.22 at odds of 21-1.

Storms Surprise was coming off of a sixth-place finish in the second of two George Maloof Futurity trials on September 8. The gelding has won two of four starts, and his race record includes a third-place finish in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 19. The $40,525 winner's share of the Maloof Futurity purse increased his earnings to $57,451.

Mos Dancer finished second and was followed by 8-5 favorite Indy's Rocket, Silver Aces, Key To The Venture, Bullet's Redo, Dandy Guy, Uncle Claude, Le Grande Looker, and Marty Squall.

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Sent to post at odds of 20-1, Dandy Devona R F defeated 5-2 second choice La Luz by a head to win the $82,142 Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) for fillies. John Rochabrun rode the homebred Real Dandy filly for owner Rogers Farms of Clint, Texas, and trainer Gerald Richards.

Dandy Devona R F went 6 furlongs in 1:11.45 while scoring her first win in four outs. The winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $42,331.

I Am Who, Strawberry Bling, 3-2 favorite La La La Dandy, Morning Snickers, Madrugada, Ryzilla, Red Satin Boot, Sassy N Sweet, Track Dancer, and Jaydes' Sweet Sea completed the order of finish.

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Sunday's 10-race program at The Downs at Albuquerque included the 400-yard, $68,603 New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Breeders' Derby (RG3), which was won by fastest qualifier My Big Chief. A sorrel 3-year-old gelding by Get Down Perry racing for Lorenzo Cano and trained by the owner's brother, Gerardo Cano, My Big Chief stopped the timer in :19.286 under jockey Adrian Ramos, posting a 103 speed index and his first career stakes victory.

My Big Chief was coming off of a nose win in the second of two trials on September 9. The gelding has won five of 12 races, and the $34,301 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $90,789.

PK Bay, the 19-10 favorite, ran second, 1 ½ length behind the winner, and was followed by Lttle Lighting, Cats Paw Bay, Osbaldo, Sparklin Royal, Two Bit Corona, David Forever, and Gotta Get Two. Fifth-fastest qualifier Cocango was scratched.

Complete coverage of these races will be included in the October issue of the New Mexico Horse Breeders magazine. For subscription information, call (505) 262-0224.


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