Saturday, September 21, 2013
Rey Del Mar outran his 41-1 odds to win the $37,000 New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (R), one of three state-bred stakes races run at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday.
Racing for Dr. Miguel Gallegos’ Gallegos del Norte Racing of Albuquerque, Rey Del Mar closed off of the fractions of :23.00, :45.99, and 1:10.03 set by longshot Sight Unseen, before he reached the wire in 1:46.67 for 1 1/16 miles. John Rochabrun rode the homebred gelding by Valet Man for trainer Eric Mikkelson.
Rey Del Mar has won two of five races, and the $22,200 winner’s share of the purse increased his earnings to $30,435. The gelding returned an $84.40 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up Jenson’s Miracle, the 5-2 second choice in the field of 11, for a $383.60 ($2) exacta. Mr. McCoy ran third to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $5,982.
Rey Del Mar’s winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Jenson’s Miracle. Dandy Guy ran fourth, and was followed by Sight Unseen, Hay Man Mark, Siempre Amigos, 11-10 favorite Joker’s Touch, Leavin Early, Black Canyon, and Uncle Claude.
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Earlier on the card, Cody Jensen rode seventh-fastest qualifier Express In to her maiden victory in the 400-yard, $62,067 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) for 2-year-old fillies.
Prepped by Kristopher Cordova for Cordova Racing LLC, Express In stopped the timer in :19.964, and her margin of victory was one length from AJ Hardwood. The filly earned $31,034 to push her bankroll to $32,924 from four races.
Express In was bred by Dr. Leonard P. Blach of Roswell, New Mexico. She was coming off of a third-place finish in the last of three Senorita Futurity trials on September 6.
Fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite Felicias Prettylucky ran third and was followed by Cartier N Capris, Moonlight Whoopie, Mess Can, Miss Tessmocker, My Memory Lane, Flashie Jackie, and Zoe.
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Also on Saturday, fastest qualifier Downwiththequickness sprinted to a 1 1/4-length win in the $76,452 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Under jockey Alonso Rivera, who rode Downwiththequickness for owner and trainer Terry G. Smith, the homebred gelding by the Royal Quick Dash stallion Be Real Quick went 400 yards in :19.628 while running his winning streak to three races.
Downwiththequickness was coming off of a 1 1/2 length win at odds of 9-1 in the first of three Senor Futurity trials on September 6. All told, the gelding has won three of six races and has earned $48,681.
Sassy Moonflash, 5-2 favorite Threedeewoodee, Mister Brooks, Mighty Moonflash, Madams First Moon, Wager On Moonflash, Posies K Won, and First Place Moonfast completed the order of finish. Eighth-fastest qualifier Jess Corona Jr was scratched.
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Complete coverage of these races will be featured in the October issue of New Mexico Horse Breeders' magazine.