Friday, December 28, 2012
Two New Mexico-bred multiple stakes winners, First Blazin Love and Miracle Snow, are among the 10 Quarter Horses entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).
A 3-year-old colt by the late Chicks A Blazin racing for Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell, and Johnny Martinez, First Blazin Love is coming off of a three-quarter length victory in the 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for state-breds on December 8. The colt campaigned during the Zia Park fall meet, where he scored a half-length win against state-bred sophomores in the October 28, 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2).
All told, First Blazin Love has won six of 13 races and has earned $340,355. The colt will be ridden by Jesse Lee Levario from post 10.
Miracle Snow is a homebred 8-year-old gelding by champion Dean Miracle owned by Melvin and Mary Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado. Miracle Snow has banked $554,915 from 47 outs, and his 13 wins include a neck score in the 440-yard, $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on October 28, and a neck victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 Lineage Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 26.
Three New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses have won the Championship at Sunland Park on their way to AQHA championship honors – Gotta Get (2006), Ketel Won ('07), and First Moonflash (2008 and '09).
Joel Tavarez's Prospect To The Top, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, has won two graded 440-yard stakes this season – the December 2, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) at Zia Park, and the September 2, $40,000 All American Gold Cup (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.
Other contenders include graded stakes winners Llano Teller and DM Streakn Thru Fire. A 4-year-old gelding by Teller Cartel owned by Wootan Racing and Reed Land & Cattle, Llano Teller ran second, a half of a length behind winner Rylees Boy, in the 440-yard, $354,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on October 27. Llano Teller has won 11 of 25 starts and has earned $1,760,227.
DM Streakn Thru Fire is coming off of a second-place finish to Prospect To The Top in the Zia Park Championship. The winner of the November 4, 400-yard Lovington Stakes (G2) at Zia Park, DM Streakn Thru Fire races for the Telling No Lies Partnership.
The complete lineup for the Championship at Sunland Park, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Block N Tackle (J. Martin Bourdieu, 122), 15-1; TF Featured Effort (Esgar Ramirez, 122), 10-1; Prospect To The Top (Oscar Rincon, 124), 3-1; Llano Teller (G.R. Carter Jr., 124), 5-1; Miracle Snow (Ricky Ramirez, 124), 12-1; Kool Country Man (Alfonso Lujan, 124), 12-1; Jess Featureme Quick (Ramon Sanchez, 122), 5-1; DM Streakn Thru Fire (Cody Jensen, 124), 9-2; The Long Knife (Roy Baldillez, 122), 4-1; and First Blazin Love (Jesse Lee Levario, 122), 8-1.