Friday, January 17, 2014
A full field of 12 New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds has been entered in Saturday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.
R.D. Hubbard’s Reaper, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, is coming off of a third-place finish in the December 28, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) at Sunland. Trained by Todd Fincher, the homebred bay gelding by Attila’s Storm has earned $200,730 from five races, and his three wins include victories in the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 27, and the 5-furlong, $167,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs in June.
Irwin Rosendo will ride Reaper from post 3 on Saturday.
Fincher, the fourth-leading Thoroughbred trainer during the current Sunland Park meet, will also send out stakes winner Dandy Don Who, FM Forty One, and Some Devon. A homebred Quinton’s Gold gelding campaigned by Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, Dandy Don Who has won three of 10 outs, including the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $95,126 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland last April.
Some Devon, a homebred Devon Lane gelding owned by Barbara M. Coleman of Farmington, New Mexico, made his career debut with a wire-to-wire, four-length victory in a 6-furlong maiden sprint for New Mexico-breds at Sunland on December 27. Some Devon is a half brother to five stakes winners, including Some Ghost, an eight-time stakes winner in New Mexico from 2005-09.
The Pepsi Cola Stakes will be run as the 10th race on Sunland Park’s 11-race program. Estimated post time for the stakes is set for 4:04 p.m. (MST).
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Beaumont Time (Brayan Velazquez), 20-1; Dandy Don Who (Aldo Arboleda), 6-1; Reaper (Irwin Rosendo), 3-1; F M Forty One (Dusty Shepherd), 6-1; D E Slot Man (Francisco Giles), 8-1; Infinite Bull (Jorge Rocha), 15-1; Play Dome (Carlos Madeira), 12-1; Mays Or Mantle (Enrique Gomez), 12-1; Unsociable Major (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Quick Time (Ry Eikleberry), 12-1; Some Devon (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 5-1; and D E Lover (Miguel Perez), 5-1.