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Peppers Pride Handicap Draws Nine State-Bred Distaffers
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Nine New Mexico-bred fillies and mares have been entered in Saturday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

My Bikini Fell Off, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Elusive Jazz trained by Bart Hone for owner Brian Mundell, drew post 9 and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry. The mare has earned $234,924 from 15 starts, and her six wins include a come-from-behind neck victory in the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland on December 20.

Other contenders include Duane Freeman’s My Dandy Girl, a 5-year-old Real Dandy mare conditioned by Tony Sedillo. My Dandy Girl finished third, two lengths behind My Bikini Fell Off, in the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap, but the mare was coming off of a Zia Park fall campaign in which she won all three of her outs, including the 1-mile Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Filly & Mare Stakes (R) on November 1.

My Dandy Girl drew post 4 and will be ridden by Frank Reyes.

The Peppers Pride Handicap honors Peppers Pride, a New Mexico-bred mare trained by Joel Marr for owner Joe Allen who won all 19 of her starts from 2006-08. Marr will be represented by two distaffers in this race, including Desert Stepper. A 4-year-old daughter of the late Desert God owned by L Squared Racing LLC and Joe Allen, Desert Stepper will be making her first start since November 25, when she scored a wire-to-wire, 7 1/4-length victory in a 1-mile, $33,000 non-winners-of-three allowance route at Zia Park.

Ken Tohill has been named to ride Desert Stepper from post 2.

Marr’s other entry, Zasha, is a 5-year-old Desert God mare owned by C. Donnell Echols. Zasha has won four of her 12 outs, including a pair of New Mexico-bred stakes during her sophomore campaign. Jesiere Medina will ride Zasha from post 3.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Bird Lady (David Cardoso, 115), 12-1; Desert Stepper (Ken Tohill, 115), 6-1; Zasha (Jesiere Medina, 116), 8-1; My Dandy Girl (Frank Reyes, 123), 5-2; Stormin Creek (Enrique Gomez, 120), 5-1; B Bold Candy (Juan Carlos Rivas, 116), 15-1; Little Vidalia (Alfredo Juarez, 118), 6-1; My Classy Lady (Ruby Gonzalez, 112), 12-1; and My Bikini Fell Off (Ry Eikleberry, 122), 3-1.

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