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P J’s Gold is Prompt Choice in Totah Stakes
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P J’s Gold led at every call en route to a 5 1/4-length victory in Monday’s $45,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park.

Ridden by Enrique Gomez, P J’s Gold covered 4 1/2 furlongs in :52.19. Henry Dominguez prepped the homebred colt for owner Paul W. Jenson.

P J’s Gold is one of four winners from nine starters sired by Mr. Gold Mover. An unraced 9-year-old Virginia-bred son of the Gone West stallion Mr. Greeley and the Grade 2-winning Gold Fever mare Gold Mover, Mr. Gold Mover is a half brother to stakes winners Maleeh and Giant Mover.

Mr. Gold Mover has sired the earners of more than $163,000 from two crops, including M G M’s Valentine, the runner-up to Sippin in last year’s 6-furlong, $140,000 New Mexico Cup Lassie Championship (R) at Zia Park. The stallion is owned by JT&B Racing and stands at Robert and Del Rae Driggers’ Bar Y Equine at Berino, New Mexico.

P J’s Gold is also the first starter foaled by Shes A Looker R F, a winning 8-year-old daughter of the Silver Ghost stallion Silver Season. His second dam, the Sunday Minister mare Smooching, is a half sister to Ciento, a gelding who won 14 New Mexico-bred stakes and earned $816,244 from 2000-08.

P J’s Gold traces back to his fourth dam, Maybe A Kiss. A winning daughter of 1967 horse of the year Damascus, Maybe A Kiss was a full sister to Drachma, the winner of the 1987 Gallant Man Stakes (G3) at Saratoga, and she was a half sister to ’91 Travers Stakes (G1) winner Corporate Report.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, P J’s Gold has won two of three starts, and the $27,000 winner’s share of the Totah Stakes purse bumped his bankroll to $34,548. The gelding was a finalist in the 4 1/2-furlong, $147,196 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park on April 16.

P J’s Gold was sent to post as the 1-2 favorite and returned a $3 win mutuel. Hollywood Henry, the 7-1 third choice, finished second to complete a $13.80 ($2) exacta.

Gabby Who, Personal Guarantee, Smooth Talkin Red, and Jeremiah Who completed the order of finish.

A dark bay or brown son of Roll Hennessy Roll, Hollywood Henry was making his debut for owner Bennie A. Vanecek. The colt was purchased as a yearling for $17,500 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, and he banked $9,900 for his second-place run in the Totah.

Gabby Who finished 10 1/2 lengths behind P J’s Gold. The gelded son of The Way Home has earned $4,936 from three starts for his owner, Thomas Ciaccio.

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
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.

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