Sunday, August 18, 2013
One of only two registered New Mexico-breds in the full field of 10, Linnette Sanchez’s Rabbit Revival led at every call en route to a 2 1/4-length win in Saturday’s $20,000 Brigand Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.
Rabbit Revival covered his 550-yard trip in :26.625 while earning a 102 speed index and his fourth stakes victory. Cody Jensen rode the 7-year-old gelding for trainer Antoinette Gonzales.
Rabbit Revival was bred by Rita J. Danley of Anthony, New Mexico. The gelding’s sire, Rabbits Rainbow, is a New Mexico-bred son of the By Yawl stallion Yawls Rabbit. Racing in New Mexico from 1998-2001, Rabbits Rainbow 14 of 30 races, including five stakes, and earned $270,757.
Rabbit Revival’s dam, French Revival, is a winning 17-year-old daughter of the Kaskaskia (TB) stallion Coup de Kas (TB). He traces back to his third dam, Handy Dancer, a Washington-bred mare by the Dancing Dervish stallion Gray Dancer who was a two-time futurity winner in Idaho and Montana in 1979.
Rabbit Revival was making just his second start at the 550 distance. The gelding has won eight of 31 races, and the $12,000 winner’s share of the Brigand Stakes pushed his career earnings to $345,849, of which $213,015 was banked during his 2-year-old campaign in 2008.
Rabbit Revival has raced exclusively in New Mexico. His stakes resume includes a head victory in the $375,143 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG1) at Zia Park in ‘08, and wins in the 2009 Hard Twist Stakes (RG3) and New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Sent to post at odds of 11-1, Rabbit Revival returned a $24.80 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up and 7-10 favorite You Can Call Mr Earl for a $2 exacta payoff of $45.40. Feature My News, the 9-1 third choice, completed a $1 trifecta return of $74.40.
Streaking Marty finished fourth and was followed by Full Throttle Threat, Bar Struck, Celtic Classic, MSG On Easy Street, One Famous Toro, and A Royal Debt.
A 4-year-old son of Sweet First Down, You Can Call Mr Earl has won six of 14 races and has earned $108,276 for owner Earl Leon Richardson, who also bred the gelding. You Can Call Mr Earl was coming off of a 2013 Remington Park campaign in which he scored a half-length victory in the 550-yard, $35,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes and ran third, four lengths behind winner Priceless Feature, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds.
Feature My News was seven weeks removed from a third-place run in the 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes at Delta Downs. A 4-year-old Feature Mr Jess gelding owned by Alicia L. Hill-Smith, Feature My News has banked $176,683 from 19 outs, and his three victories include wins in last year’s 400-yard, $85,000 QHRA of Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park, and 440-yard, $192,520 Hialeah Derby at Hialeah Park.
This race honors the memory of Brigand, a gelded son of the Bold Venture stallion Depth Charge who won 42 races while campaigning primarily in New Mexico from 1951-58. Brigand was the AQHA champion gelding for three consecutive years, starting in ‘52.