Sunday, June 23, 2013
Rollickin Red was a prompt 9-10 favorite in Sunday's $65,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R), as SunRay Park ended its 39-day spring meet before 2,214 fans.
Racing for a partnership and trained by Todd Fincher, Rollickin Red went 870 yards in :45.100 under jockey Casey Lambert, and his margin of victory was a head from 32-1 longshot Corona Dream. The $39,000 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $290,242 from 12 outs.
Rollickin Red was bred by the late Robert A. Gentry, a longtime breeder of racing Quarter Horses from Lubbock, Texas, who died in January. The gelding's sire, Roll Hennessy Roll (TB), is a 13-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy who won the 7-furlong, $125,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park in 2002.
Roll Hennessy Roll's Thoroughbred starters include multiple stakes winners Back Seat Roll, Roll Bloomers Roll, and Hennesey Smash. Owned by Brad King and Fred Alexander, the stallion stands for a $3,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Rollickin Red's dam, Deeheiress, is a 12-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry. Campaigned from 2003-06, Deeheiress banked $127,058 from 21 races, and her seven wins included the 2004 Miss Princess Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.
Rollickin Red's second dam, the First Down Dash mare Deelish, was the AQHA champion 2-year-old filly in '98 and champion aged mare two years later. The gelding traces back to his third dam, Such An Easy Effort. A Texas-bred daughter of 1981 world champion Special Effort, Such An Easy Effort won 14 of 33 races and earned $496,127 from 1987-90, and she was a multiple graded stakes winner.
Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Rollickin Red has won nine races, including eight of nine at the 870 distance. The one-time $12,500 claimer has also won four stakes, including last year's New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap.
Rollickin Red returned a $3.80 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up Corona Dream a $2 exacta payoff of $49.80. KC Royal Flush, the 2-1 second choice finished third, three lengths behind the winner, to complete a $200.20 ($2) trifecta.
Pakea Bay, Lester's Echo (TB), Kokopellis Babycakes, Cool Redalo, and My Big Chief completed the order of finish.
A 6-year-old son of the Corona Cartel stallion Southern Corona owned by Heysol Howlet, Corona Dream was coming off of a ninth-place finish at odds of 42-1 in the June 2, 400-yard Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. The gelding, who ran seventh in last year's New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap, has won five of 29 races and has earned $151,473, and his stakes resume includes a three-quarter length victory in the 870-yard, $50,000 Getaway Handicap at Sunland Park in 2010.
KC Royal Flush has won seven of 43 starts and has banked $332,529 for owners Kathryn Maynard and Carla Feerer of Los Lunas, New Mexico, who also bred the 6-year-old gelding by Sixes Royal. KC Royal Flush has won three stakes, including last year's $140,240 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park.