Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Lux, a homebred son of Quinton’s Gold, rallied to win Saturday’s 5-furlong, $155,995 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.
Racing for Bessie A. Prather, Steve Prather, and Dwayne Taylor, Lux closed off of the fractions of :21.27 and :44.00 set by pacesetter and 13-10 favorite Liberty Lover, reaching the wire in :58.14. The gelding’s margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from Diabolical Dame, the lone filly in the nine-horse field.
Ruby Gonzalez rode Lux for trainer Todd Fincher, who has thus far had a solid year with his 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. Earlier in the week, his runners ran one-two (You’ve Been Duped and Born A Ruler) in the 4 1/2-furlong, $45,000 Totah Stakes (R) for 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park, and at SunRay on June 10, the trainer’s 2-year-olds finished first (Missing Reba) and second (Be My Angel) in the 4 1/2-furlong, $45,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R).
Lux’s sire, Quinton’s Gold, is a 17-year-old multiple stakes winning son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Carson City. Racing in three states from 2000-05, Quinton’s Gold banked $234,202, and his six wins in 27 starts included a nose victory in the 6-furlong, $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Stakes at Turf Paradise in 2002.
Lux became the seventh stakes winner sired by Quinton’s Gold, whose 62 starters have earned more than $3.7 million and include multiple stakes winners Lefty Who and That’s Who. A half brother to three stakes-placed runners, the stallion is owned by the estate of Paul D. Prather, and he stood the 2014 season for a $3,500 fee at Steve and Susie Prather’s Doubletree Farm near Hobbs, New Mexico.
Lux is also one of two winners from as many starters produced by No Diet Today, a Maryland-bred daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Two Punch. The gelding’s half sister, the Bowman’s Band filly Ravenous, ran third in the $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes (R) at Laurel Racecourse in 2009.
Lux’s second dam, the Gate Dancer mare Annie Cake, won the Grade 3, $150,000 Sorority Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park in ’96. Lux traces back to his fourth dam, La Reine Rouge, a stakes-winning daughter of King’s Bishop who produced two stakes winners -- Green Alligator, a colt by Gate Dancer who won the 1991 California Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields, and Lucky Lavender Gal, a multiple stakes winning filly by Carson City who ran third in the ‘’95 Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
Lux ran second, a half of a length behind Diabolical Dame, in his Mountain Top Futurity. The gelding has won two of three races, and the $79,185 winner’s share of the Mountain Top purse pushed his bankroll to $85,905.
Sent to post as the 4-1 second choice, Lux paid $10 to win and teamed with Diabolical Dame for a $2 exacta return of $58. Liberty Lover finished third, six lengths behind Lux, to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $71.
Domer Simpson, Sunday Polka, Malibu Rain, Mesa Cat, Raider Red, and Roll On Red Raider completed the order of finish. Qualifier Truth In Science was scratched.
A $25,000 purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Diabolical Dame has won two of four races and has earned $55,964 for her owners, Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard. The filly by the Artax stallion Diabolical was coming off of a half-length victory in her Mountain Top trial on June 6, and her race record includes a runner-up finish to Miss B R H in the fillies’ division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $77,953 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park.
Liberty Lover is a homebred daughter of Diabolical campaigned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas. The filly has banked $22,604 from two outs, and she made her debut with a 3 1/2-length win in her Mountain Top trial.