Friday, March 15, 2013
On Down The Road will put his three-race win streak on the line in Sunday's $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) for state-breds at Sunland Park.
A 5-year-old Desert God gelding racing for Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California, and trained by Joel Marr, On Down The Road is coming off of a three-quarter length victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland on December 30. The gelding's streak includes a 1 3/4-length win in the 1-mile, $180,000 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Classic (R) at Zia Park in October.
Carlos Madeira will ride On Down The Road from post 7 on Sunday. His nine opponents include Michael C. Stinson's Attitude E Racer, Sam and Latane Stevens' That's Who, and Stable HMA's Nuggets Please.
Marr also trains both Attitude E Racer and That's Who. A 5-year-old Desert God gelding, Attitude E Racer ran second to On Down The Road in the Albert Dominguez. All told, Attitude E Racer has won four of 18 races and has earned $297,874, and his race record includes a 1 1/2-length victory at odds of 23-1 in the October 28, $140,000 New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park.
That's Who is a homebred 4-year-old gelding by Quinton's Gold who won three stakes during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet, including the 1 1/16-mile, $110,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) on March 25. That's Who has earned $366,395 from 12 starts for the Stevenses, residents of Lamesa, Texas.
Nuggets Please is trained by Justin Evans, who is currently the leading trainer at Sunland. A 6-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Prospector Jones, the gelding won the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) on December 9.
The complete lineup for the 1 mile and 70 yard New Mexico State University Handicap, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Silver Matthias (Luis Rodriguez, 110), Groushy Apadana (Enrique Garcia, 117), Attitude E Racer (Ken Tohill, 122), That's Who (Ry Eikleberry, 121), Lesters Secret (Luis Contreras, 120), Jannas Pride (Casey Lambert, 117), On Down The Road (Carlos Madeira, 123), Brother Louie (Enrique Gomez, 120), Mr. Wizard (Dusty Shepherd, 116), and Nuggets Please (Miguel Hernandez, 121).