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O.D. McDonald Handicap Draws 10 New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbreds
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A field of 10 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, topped by morning-line favorite Stormin The Jewels and defending champion Citizen Geller, has been entered in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), the opening-night feature at Albuquerque Downs.

Post time for the first race is set for 6:05 p.m. The O.D. McDonald is the sixth race on the 10-race card, with estimated post time set for 8:10.

Stormin The Jewels is a 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm trained by Fred Danley for owners J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas. The gelding made his season debut with a four-length victory in a 5-furlong allowance-optional claiming ($20,000) sprint at Ruidoso Downs on June 4.

Stormin The Jewels has earned $340,271 from a dozen outs and has won two stakes at Albuquerque: last year’s 6 1/2-furlong Casino at the Downs Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores, and the 6-furlong Camino Real Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds in 2015. The gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden by Enrique Gomez.

Citizen Geller is a homebred 5-year-old Pro Prado gelding campaigned by Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas. Citizen Geller has banked $215,444 from 29 starts, and his six wins include a one-length victory at odds of 20-1 in last year’s O.D. McDonald Stakes.

Citizen Geller drew post 5 and will be ridden by Miguel Perez for trainer Justin Evans.

Other contenders include Shining Source, a 6-year-old son of the Montbrook stallion Source owned by Barton Ranch Stables LLC and trainer Blake Rust. The dark bay or brown gelding will be shortening in distance off of his neck victory in the 1-mile, $40,000 Jack Cole Stakes (R) at SunRay on May 8.

Elvin Gonzalez will ride Shining Source from post 3.

Go For A Stroll will be facing older horses for the first time off of his three-quarter length win in the 6 1/2-furlong, $40,000 Dine Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park on June 5. Tracy Hebert will ride the homebred Attila’s Storm gelding for owner R.D. Hubbard and trainer Todd Fincher.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
D E Lover (J. Martin Bourdieu, 119), 10-1
Desert Mystery (David M. Lopez, 118), 10-1
Shining Source (Elvin Gonzalez, 121), 7-2
Go For A Stroll (Tracy Hebert, 120), 9-2
Citizen Geller (Miguel Perez, 119), 8-1
Storm Warrior (Isaias Cardenas, 116), 20-1
Liberty Lover (Alejandro Medellin, 119), 5-1
Song Of Laura (Jorge Carreno, 118), 12-1
Stormin The Jewels (Enrique Gomez, 122), 3-1
That’s Who (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 118), 20-1

In The News

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.




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