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My Bikini Fell Off Wins Peppers Pride Handicap
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Brian Mundell’s My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 6-year-old Elusive Jazz mare, rallied to win the February 19, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

Prepped by Bart Hone and sent to post as the 9-2 third choice in the field of eight, My Bikini Fell Off covered her eight-furlong trip in 1:38.28 under jockey Ry Eikleberry. The mare’s margin of victory was a half of a length from Sunday Rose.

My Bikini Fell Off began her 2017 season with a half-length win in a 1-mile, $37,100 allowance-optional claiming ($40,000) route at Sunland Park on January 13. The mare’s sire, Elusive Jazz, earned $372,571 from 19 starts, and his five wins included the 6-furlong, $266,500 Phoenix Breeders’ Cup Stakes (G3) at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. A Kentucky-bred son of the Gone West stallion Elusive Quality, he has sired 11 starters and the earners of more than $707,000.

My Bikini Fell Off’s dam, the unraced 11-year-old Grand Slam mare Unconstitutional, is a half sister to Andersonstate, the runner-up in the 2010 Seacliff Stakes at Calder Racecourse in Miami. ????
My Bikini Fell Off is the lone starter produced by Unconstitutional, an unraced daughter of the Gone West stallion Grand Slam and a half sister to Andersonstate, a multiple stakes placed gelded son of Songandaprayer who ran second in the 2010 Seacliff Stakes at Calder.

My Bikini Fell Off’s second dam, the winning Deputy Minister mare Affairs Of State, finished second to winner September Secret in the 2002 Railbird Stakes (G3) for sophomore fillies at Hollywood Park. My Bikini Fell Off traces back to her third dam, Sexy Slew, a stakes-winning daughter of Slew O’ Gold who ran second in the 1990 Rancho Bernardo Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3) at Del Mar and Meadowlands Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3) in New Jersey.

A Kentucky-bred 1986 foal, Sexy Slew was a half sister to European stakes winners Alex Nureyev and Angelina Ballerina.

Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, My Bikini Fell Off has won eight of 24 outs, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the Peppers Pride Handicap purse pushed her bankroll to $367,342, of which $186,204 was earned in 2015, when she won four races, including the 6 1/2-furlong, $60,000 Carlos Salazar Handicap (R) at Albuquerque Downs, and the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

Desert Stepper finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind My Bikini Fell Off. Rogue Divergent, Singing Sofia, 4-5 favorite Zasha, Tylers Dixie Chick, and Mexican Pharoah completed the order of finish.

Runner-up Sunday Rose is a 4-year-old Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) filly raced by Michael G. Weatherly. A homebred, Sunday Rose has three of 14 starts and has earned $109,336, and her resume includes a third-place finish in the 6-furlong New Mexico Cup Lassie Championship (R) for state-bred 2-year-old fillies at Zia Park in 2015.

Desert Stepper is a homebred mutliple stakes placed 5-year-old Desert God mare campaigned by L Squared Racing LLC and Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas. Desert Stepper has won four of 19 races, and the $8,500 third-place share of the Peppers Pride purse bumped her bankroll to $142,614.

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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