Sunday, December 29, 2013
Returning to a route distance, Mr. Wizard responded with a three-quarter length victory in the Sunday’s $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park.
Mr. Wizard covered his 1 1/16-mile trip in 1:44.26 while scoring his second career stakes win. Dusty Shepherd rode the 4-year-old Premeditation gelding for owners W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing LLC, and trainer Dallas Barton.
Mr. Wizard was bred by Mike and Suzanne Carson. A chestnut gelding and one-time $10,000 claimer, he is one of six stakes winners from 56 starters sired by Premeditation, a stakes-winning 14-year-old son of the Private Terms stallion Afternoon Deelites whose runners have earned more than $2.6 million and include stakes winners Run Like Fire, Double Smart, Beau Wizer, and Premeditated Legs.
Racing from 2001-03, Premeditation banked $318,000 from 18 outs, and his seven wins included four stakes victories. The stallion is owned by William L. Clifton Jr., and he stood the 2013 season for a $2,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Mr. Wizard’s dam, Miss Einstein, is a 16-year-old Kentucky-bred Beau Genius mare who won the $57,511 Kachina Stakes at Ruidoso Downs in 2000, and the $26,800 Anchor Gaming Allowance Stakes at Sunland the following season. Miss Einstein has produced five winners from five starters, including stakes winners Double Smart and Beau Wizer, both of whom are full brothers to Mr. Wizard, and Lady Genius, a stakes winning filly by Quinton’s Gold.
Mr. Wizard’s second dam, the unraced Kentucky-bred Tim The Tiger mare Clause, produced Z Lobo, a half brother to Miss Einstein who ran second in the 1994 Precisionist Stakes at Hollywood Park. Clause is a half sister to three stakes winners, including Air Worthy, a son of Air Forbes Won who won five stakes from 1987-89, including the ‘89 Stephen Foster Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.
Mr. Wizard traces back to his fifth dam, the Virginia-bred Gallant Man mare Spicy Living. Racing from 1962-64, Spicy Living won 10 of 20 starts, including the 1963 Acorn and Mother Goose stakes, and earned $251,204.
Mr. Wizard was coming off of an eighth-place finish in the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on December 8. The gelding has won eight of 26 outs and has earned $317,343, and his 2013 season resume includes a head victory in the 1-mile, $190,480 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 27.
Sent to post as the 5-1 third choice in the field of nine, Mr. Wizard returned a $12.20 win mutuel and teamed with Attitude E Racer, a 15-1 longhsot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $144.80. On Down The Road, the 9-2 second choice, ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $285.40 ($1) trifecta.
That’s Who, the 11-10 favorite, finished fourth and was followed by Mr. McCoy, Hush’s Storm, Jenson’s Miracle, Spinning Touch, and Ministerial.
Attitude E Racer is a multiple stakes winning 5-year-old son of Desert God campaigned by Michael C. Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas. The gelding has won six of 23 outs, including the last two editions of the 6-furlong, $170,000-added New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park, and the $18,700 runner-up share of the Albert Dominguez Memorial purse pushed his bankroll to $477,419.
A 5-year-old gelding by Desert God owned by Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California, On Down The Road was coming off of a third-place finish to Mr. Wizard in the Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship. All told, On Down The Road has won five of 20 starts, including two stakes, and he has earned $338,459.
The Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap honors the memory of Albert Dominguez, who for several years served as the starter at Sunland Park.