Saturday, April 07, 2012
Rex Hill, a sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr racing for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins, outran his 8-1 odds to win Saturday's $50,500 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park.
Prepped by Carlos Sedillo and ridden by Joe Martinez, Rex Hill went 300 yards in :14.931 to earn a 94 speed index. The colt's margin of victory was 1 ½ lengths from 7-5 favorite Coronas Hot Pink, and the $30,300 winner's share of the purse increased his bankroll to $31,300 from two outs.
Rex Hill was bred by Mac Murray and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. His sire, Jesse James Jr, is an 11-year-old son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry. From 2003-06, Jesse James Jr earned $167,275 from 21 starts, and his stakes resume included a victory in the 2005 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos and a second-place finish in the '04 Golden State Derby (G1).
Jesse James Jr's top runners include 2011 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) winner Osbaldo, 2011 Mountain Top Futurity (RG2) winner Sammy James, and 2011 Zia Futurity (RG2) runner-up Caught On Tape. The stallion stands for a $3,500 fee at MJ Farms.
Rex Hill's dam, Tangled Vines, is a winning 9-year-old daughter of the late Dash Ta Fame. His second dam, the Streakin Dash mare Dashin Sandy, won a futurity in Wyoming in 1992.
Residents of Utah, the Hinkins brothers acquired Rex Hill for $13,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Quarter Horse Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The colt was coming off of a third-place finish in his career debut, a New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trial on March 16.
Rex Hill returned an $18.40 win mutuel and paired with Coronas Hot Pink for a $2 exacta payoff of $46. Sugar Beats ran third, 2 ½ lengths behind the winner, to complete a $112.60 ($1) trifecta.
The Four Js, Famous Ladys Man, Rabbits Rabbit, Blazin Silver Bullet, Famous Flirt, and Southern Note completed the order of finish.
Coronas Hot Pink is a brown filly by Corona Caliente campaigned by J. Patricia Gonzalez and Susan Kirker. Coronas Hot Pink has banked $15,507 from three starts, and she was coming off of a runner-up finish in her Spring Futurity trial heat.
A sorrel daughter of Strawfly Special stallion Desirio racing for J & L Stables LLC of Roswell and Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, Sugar Beats pushed her earnings to $11,050 from two races. The filly broke her maiden in the sixth Spring Futurity trial.