Thursday, June 07, 2012
Hubaldo Solis' Osbaldo will make the first start of his 3-year-old campaign in Sunday's 400-yard, $75,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at SunRay Park.
Trained by Oscar Carrete, Osbaldo earned $232,806 from eight races during his 2-year-old season,and his six wins included the 300-yard, $248,491 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park, and the 350-yard, $176,040 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay. The homebred colt by Jesse James Jr drew post 3 and will be ridden for the first time in a race by Ricky Ramirez.
Osbaldo is the only 3-year-old in the race, and his nine opponents include several runners who have enjoyed success against older stakes company. Here Kittykittykitty, a 5-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding racing for Melvin Neugebauer of Montrose, Colorado, and trained by Wes Giles, will be making his first start since March 11, when he scored a neck victory as the 4-5 favorite in the 350-yard, $110,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park. All told, Here Kittykittykitty has won six of 18 starts – including four stakes – and has banked $413,924.
Another contender, Genuine American, was the runner-up in the Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap. Owned by J & L Stables LLC and Fredda Draper, the homebred 8-year-old gelding by Genuine American won two allowance sprints during the Sunland Park meet, and his stakes resume includes a runner-up finish to Jenuine Joy in last year's $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
The Jimmy Drake is the eighth race on SunRay Park's nine-race program. Post time is scheduled for 3:43 p.m. (MDT).
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – In Famous Caper (Isaias Cardenas, 124), Snow Regard (Jaime Leos, 124), Osbaldo (Ricky Ramirez, 122), Here Kittykittykitty (Cody Jensen, 124), Miracle Snow (Jorge M. Bourdieu, 124), De Genuine Queen (Alonso Rivera, 124), Mightys Last Call (Adrian A. Ramos, 124), Genuine American (Esgar Ramirez, 124), Klassic Strawfly (Macario Rodriguez, 124), and Dueling Juan (Tony Guymon, 124).
The Jimmy Drake Stakes honors the memory of the longtime resident of Farmington, New Mexico, who died last year at the age of 82. Drake and his wife, JoAnn, established Drake Well Service in 1963, and he served two terms of the Farmington City Council from 1972-80, and on the New Mexico Racing Commission in the early 1980s. He also served as president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association in 1985.