Sunday, December 09, 2012
Derek Bell rode longshot Nuggets Please to a come-from-behind win in the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Trained by Justin Evans for Stable H.M.A., Nuggets Please rallied off of fractions of :22.66 and :45.86 established by 7-2 second choice Mostly Dust. The 5-year-old bay gelding by Prospector Jones stopped the timer in 1:17.40, and his margin of victory was 2 ¼ lengths from Our Choice, a multiple stakes winning son of Desert God also trained by Evans.
Nuggets Please was bred by Penley Leonard and Patricia Foster. The gelding became the 17th stakes winner sired by Prospector Jones, an unraced son of the Raise A Native stallion Mr. Prospector and the Grade 1-winning Nijinsky II mare Jeanne Jones.
Prospector Jones has sired the earners of more than $9.1 million from 179 starters, including 14-time stakes winner Ciento and Skirt Alert, a three-time stakes winner in New Mexico in 2006. The stallion died at the age of 15 in 2007 due to complications from colic.
Nuggets Please's dam, Leading The Tour, is an 11-year-old Florida-bred mare by the Medaille d'Or stallion Tour d'Or. The gelding's second dam, the winning Double Leader mare Dana Leader, ran second in the 1990 Dearly Precious Stakes at Monmouth Park.
The Johnie L. Jamison Handicap represents Nuggets Please's first career stakes victory. All told, the gelding has won seven of 40 outs while campaigning in New Mexico, California, Texas, and Washington, and the $51,000 winner's share of the purse boosted his earnings to $222,392.
Nuggets Please finished seventh, five lengths behind winner Desert Hennessy, in last year's $110,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R). Racing at Lone Star Park in 2010, the gelding broke his maiden with a 3 1/2-length victory in a 7 1/2-furlong maiden $25,000 claiming race on the turf.
A 14-1 longshot, Nuggets Please paid $30.20 to win and paired with Our Choice for a $332.40 ($2) exacta.
Mostly Dust held on for third and was followed by 2-1 favorite Attitude E Racer, Hunting Dixie, Desert Hennessy, Chuchuluco, Smash Dancer, and Lesters Secret.
Our Choice also races for Stable H.M.A., which claimed the 7-year-old son of Desert God for $25,000 on December 27. The gelding has won 14 of 53 starts – including six stakes – and he has earned $620,228, of which $283,561 has been banked since the claim. Our Choice was coming off of a fourth-place run in the 6-furlong, $170,720 New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 28.
Mostly Dust ran second, 1 ½ lengths behind Attitude E Racer, in the New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R). A homebred 4-year-old gelding by the Gulch stallion Dry Gulch campaigned by brothers Larry Teague and Harry Teague of Hobbs, New Mexico, Mostly Dust has earned $187,840 from 17 outs, and his six wins include last season's 6-furlong, $40,000 Norgor Derby at Ruidoso Downs.