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Rising Giant Seeks Second Stakes Win of Meet in NM State University Handicap
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Rising Giant, a 5-year-old The Way Home gelding owned by Judge Lanier Racing, will seek his second stakes victory of the current meet in Saturday’s $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

Rising Giant will be making his first start since January 16, when he scored a half-length victory at odds of 8-1 in the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R). The gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by Enrique Gomez for trainer Simon Buechler.

Streaks Bro, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, drew post 7 and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry for owner Maurcenia Cross and trainer Gray Gross. A homebred 4-year-old son of Elijah’s Song, the gelding faces New Mexico-breds again after a second-place finish, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Ol Winedrinker Who, in the February 28, 1 1/16-mile Curribot Handicap at Sunland.

Other New Mexico State University Handicap contenders include D E Lover and Song Of Laura. D E Lover is a 5-year-old So Long Birdie gelding racing for Leroy Martinez and trainer Tony Sedillo, and he came off of a seven-month layoff to finish second, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Citizen Geller, in the 4 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) on March 1.

D E Lover has earned $62,156 from five outs the last two seasons, and his two wins include a 2 1/2-length score in the July 26, 5 1/2-furlong Sierrra Blanca Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding, who is untested at this 1-mile and 70-yard trip, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Frank Reyes.

Song Of Laura is a homebred 4-year-old son of Song Of Navarone trained by Todd Fincher for owner Barbara M. Coleman of Farmington, New Mexico. The gelding has finished third in two state-bred stakes during the current meet, including the Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap.

Glen Murphy will ride Song Of Laura from post 6.

The complete lineup for the New Mexico State University Handicap, including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Weather Dodger (Ken Tohill, 115), 10-1; Rising Giant (Enrique Gomez, 122), 4-1; D E Lover (Frank Reyes, 117), 12-1; G M Gage (Roimes Chirinos, 116), 12-1; Cross Chris Run (Carlos Madeira, 117), 8-1; Song Of Laura (Glen Murphy, 117), 5-1; Streaks Bro (Ry Eikleberry, 121), 3-1; The Waki Rapper (Ruby Gonzalez, 114), 20-1; Vic Tories (John Rochabrun, 117), 8-1; Desert Mystery (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 117), 12-1; and E Bar Way (Jesiere Medina, 116), 8-1.

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