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My Mirage, Fast Gator Win New Mexico-Bred Stakes on Sunday
RSS Feeds Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bauer Farm LLC’s My Mirage led from the start to finish and earned his first career stakes win in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $96,982 Casino at the Downs Derby (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Albuquerque Downs.


Ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu for trainer Dick “Flaco” Cappellucci, My Mirage set fractions of :22.73 and :44.82 before reaching the wire in 1:15.01, 1 3/4 lengths in front of runner-up and odds-on favorite Go For A Stroll. The $47,037 winner’s share of the purse increased the homebred Diabolical colt’s bankroll to $96,049, of which $65,557 has been earned this season.


In just his second career start, My Mirage finished second, 2 1/2 lengths behind winner Ignored, in the 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park. However, a mild injury cut short the colt’s 2-year-old season. He has made two starts at Albuquerque Downs this summer, finishing third in two non-winners-of-three allowance races.


Raced exclusively in New Mexico, My Mirage has won three of six starts.


Expect A Storm ran third, 4 3/4 lengths behind My Mirage. Happy Hennessy, Tinys Storm, and Forgotaboutme completed the order of finish.

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Also on Sunday, Ry Eikleberry rode Fast Gator to a one-length win in the $134,770 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) for 2-year-old New Mexico-bred fillies at Ruidoso Downs.

Prepped by Henry Dominguez for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, Fast Gator went 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.85 while scoring her second win in as many starts and first stakes victory. The $67,385 winner's share of the purse pushed the homebred daughter of Diabolical's bankroll to $69,785.

Fast Gator made her debut with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length win in the first of two Senorita Futurity trials on August 12. The filly is one of three winners from as many starters produced by Gator Prowl, a 10-year-old daughter of Roar Of The Tiger and winner of the 2010 Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park Racetrack in Maryland. Fast Gator is a half sister to Gator Heat, the winner of the 2015 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

Orogrande finished second and was followed by 7-5 favorite Gone Shoppin, Comics Cashway, Passion To Win, Western Style, Ghost Of Creebear, Hennessy Express and Donna Who. Finalist Diabolical Mama was scratched.

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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