Saturday, September 28, 2013
Osbaldo, a homebred 4-year-old stallion campaigned by Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico, won Saturday’s $24,400 Tecate Zoom Zoom Zoom Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Ridden by Jose Ruiz for trainer Omar Gutierrez, Osbaldo went 220 yards in :11.756, earning a 109 speed index and breaking by 83/1000ths of a second the previous track record set by the New Mexico-bred Megaforce mare Glittering Prizes in 2000. Osbaldo’s margin of victory was a nose from Sweetened Vanilla.
Osbaldo’s sire, Jesse James Jr, is a 12-year-old son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry who won the 2005 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos. Racing from 2003-06, Jesse James Jr won five of 21 starts and earned $167,275, and his stakes resume included a second-place finish in the ‘04 Golden State Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos, and a third-place run in that season’s $579,450 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).
Jesse James Jr is a full brother to Jesstified, the winner of the $119,700 Retama Park Derby (G1) in ‘06. The stallion’s top runners include Junior June Bug, a multiple stakes winner who won the July 28, $128,375 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs, and multiple stakes winners Sandys Jesse and Rex Hill.
Jesse James Jr stood the 2013 season for a $4,000 fee at Mac and Janis Spencer Murray’s MJ Farms in Veguita, New Mexico.
Osbaldo’s dam, Shes So Blazin, is an unraced 9-year-old mare by the late Chicks A Blazin. His second dam, the winning First Down Dash mare Best To Be First, ran third in champion Mini Rock’s 2002 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.
Osbaldo traces back to his fourth dam, the multiple stakes winning Rebel Cause mare Rebel Killoqua.
All told, Osbaldo has earned $294,619 from 18 starts, all in New Mexico, and the stallion’s nine wins include the August 25, $37,000 Lineage Championship Stakes (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and the 2011 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park and New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park.
Osbaldo was also a finalist in the 2011 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and last year’s $68,603 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) at Albuquerque.
The Tecate Zoom Zoom Zoom was a unique stakes in that the purse consisted of $10,000 added and $14,400 contributed by nomination, entry, and starter fees. A total of 81 percent, or $19,764, went to the winner.
Teddy Turner finished third, two lengths behind Osbaldo, and was followed to the wire by Parhelion.
Sweetened Vanilla was coming off of a second-place finish in a 350-yard, $27,500 entry level allowance dash at Zia Park on September 15 for owner Pedro Carrillo. A 4-year-old California-bred gelding by the First Down Dash stallion A Regal Choice, Sweetened Vanilla has won five of 19 starts and has earned $49,679, and his race record includes a runner-up finish to Rockin in the August 3, 350-yard O.B. Cockerell Handicap at Albuquerque.
Teddy Turner is a 4-year-old Calfornia-bred gelded son of Check Him Out racing for Jose Alfredo Martinez. The one-time $20,000 claimer has won three of 19 outs and has banked $45,671.