Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday's 12-race program at Sunland Park will feature nine Triple Crown hopefuls matching strides in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, but New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds will also share in some of the spotlight.
A total of seven stakes will be contested at Sunland Park on Sunday, including three restricted to state-breds – the 5 1/2-furlong, $85,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) for fillies and mares; the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 New Mexico Breeders' Oaks (R) for 3-year-old fillies; and the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) for 3-year-olds.
The La Coneja is headed by morning-line favorite Rose's Desert. A homebred 5-year-old mare racing for Joe Peacock and trained by Todd Fincher, Rose's Desert has earned $439,525 from 11 starts, and her seven wins include a 3 1/2-length victory in last year's La Coneja. All told, Rose's Desert has four stakes wins, three of which have been achieved at Sunland.
Rose's Desert's seven opponents include Our Flying Angel, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Abajo campaigned by Mike Abraham and Pierre and Leslie Amestoy and trained by Ross Amestoy. A two-time stakes winner in 2011, Our Flying Angel is coming off of a 3 1/2-length victory against state-bred allowance company on March 2.
The complete lineup for the La Coneja, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Comicsperfectstorm (Duane Sterling, 119), 10-1; Funnyoushouldask (Isaias Enriquez, 119), 6-1; Dashkova (Kelsi Purcell, 122), 8-1; Rose's Desert (Casey Lambert, 122), 2-1; Iplaytricks (Ken Tohill, 122), 5-1; Our Flying Angel (Miguel Hernandez, 119), 7-2; Gossip Dome (Ry Eikleberry, 119), 4-1; and Vinton Row (Enrique Gomez, 119), 12-1.
The New Mexico Breeders' Oaks has attracted a field of 11 state-bred sophomore fillies. Morning-line favorite Back Seat Roll, a homebred daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, and trained by Henry Dominguez, is coming off of a second-place finish as the 6-5 choice in the 6-furlong, $85,000 La Senora Stakes (R) on January 12.
Back Seat Roll has won four of seven starts, including three stakes at distances ranging from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 mile last season, and she has banked $225,114.
All fillies will carry 121 pounds in the New Mexico Breeders' Oaks. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Sedienta (Enrique Garcia), 30-1; Tyger Teras (Enrique Gomez), 7-2; Cat Meditation (Luis R. Rodriguez), 15-1; Back Seat Roll (Luis Contreras), 3-1; CL Phone Home (Casey Lambert), 12-1; Desertsmagic (Martin Garcia), 10-1; Appleina (Miguel Hernandez), 12-1; Red Satin Boot (Duane Sterling), 15-1; Way To Go Gerda (Omar Hernandez), 10-1; Lakehouse Fun (Ry Eikleberry), 5-1; and Kasha Roo (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 6-1.
A gray or roan gelding by the late Devon Lane racing for Lester Wright from the barn of trainer H. Ray Ashford Jr., morning-line favorite Devon's Ca Ching will be making his two-turn start in the New Mexico Breeders' Derby. Devon's Ca Ching brings a three-race win streak into the race that includes a half-length score in the 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) on January 19.
Devon's Ca Ching's 10 opponents in the Breeders' Derby include Storms Surprise, a homebred Attila's Storm gelding campaigned by Margaret V. Bloss and trained by J. Owen Bringhurst. Storms Surprise won two stakes at long odds last season, including the December 29, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile (R) at Sunland.
All horses will tote 122 pounds in the New Mexico Breeders' Derby. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Carmen's Rocket (Enrique Gomez), 20-1; Dawson Who (Luis Contreras), 12-1; Desert Explorer (Carlos Madeira), 5-1; Dance Derby (Casey Lambert), 20-1; Bay Velvet (Miguel Hernandez), 20-1; Storms Surprise (Isaias Cardenas), 7-2; Jacks Party (Ry Eikleberry), 10-1; Keagan's Way (John Velazquez), 6-1; Devons Ca Ching (Ken Tohill), 3-1; Hush's Storm (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 5-1; and Senor Pondo (Enrique Garcia), 20-1.