Saturday, December 15, 2012
Rollickin Red led at every call en route to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Sunland Park on Saturday.
Racing for a partnership and trained by Todd Fincher, Rollickin Red covered his 870-yard trip in :44.739 under jockey Casey Lambert and earned a 93 speed index. The victory was his fifth in as many starts at Sunland Park.
“I had a ton of horse at the wire,” said Lambert, who has ridden Rollickin Red in the 4-year-old gelding's last four races, three of which have been wins.
Rollickin Red was making his first start since October 28, when he finished second, a neck behind KC Royal Flush, in the $140,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park. The gelding was bred by Robert A. Gentry of Lubbock, Texas. His sire, Roll Hennessy Roll (TB), is a 12-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy who earned $173,869 from 2002-04 and whose four wins included the 2002 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and Hollywood Prevue Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park.
Roll Hennessy Roll is a half brother to three stakes winners, including Grade 3 winner Sing Baby Sing, and his Thoroughbred stakes winners include Kiss My Hennessy, Roll Bloomers Roll, Back Seat Roll, and I Play Dirty. The stallion is owned by Fred Alexander and Brad King, and he will stand the 2013 season for a $3,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Rollickin Red's dam, Deeheiress, is an 11-year-old stakes-winning daughter of two champions: 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry and Deelish, the sport's champion 2-year-old filly in '98. The gelding traces back to his third dam, Such An Easy Effort, a filly by Special Effort who won the 1988 La Primera del Ano Derby (G1) at Bay Meadows.
All told, Rollickin Red has won seven of 10 races – including six of his seven starts at the 870 distance – and the $51,000 winner's share of the Challenger Six Handicap purse pushed his bankroll to $233,602. His three stakes victories include the July 29, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs, and the June 24, $75,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R) at SunRay Park.
Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite, Rollickin Red returned a $3.20 win mutuel and paired with runner-up D E Wagons Strawfly, an 18-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $33.40. KC Royal Flush, the 3-1 second choice, ran third to complete a $55.90 ($1) trifecta.
Brookstone Flash, Genes Kokopelli, Cool Redalo, Littlesouthernswing, and Tecate N Lyme completed the order of finish.
A 3-year-old gelding by Grade 1 winner Genuine Strawfly owned and trained by Tony Sedillo, D E Wagons Strawfly was coming off of a second-place finish to odds-on favorite Im Royal Quick in the 870-yard, $55,090 King Rick Rack Stakes (G2) at Zia Park on November. D E Wagons Strawfly has banked $81,035 from 12 outs, and he won two 870-yard races during the recently concluded Zia Park fall meet.
KC Royal Flush is a homebred 5-year-old son of Sixes Royal racing for Kathryn Maynard and Carla Feerer of Los Lunas, New Mexico. The gelding has won seven of 38 races and has earned $313,316, and his three career stakes victories include a neck score over Rollickin Red in the $140,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 28, and last year's Challenger Six Handicap.
The Challenger Six Handicap honors the memory of Challenger Six, a multiple stakes winning gelding by the Streakin Six stallion Six Fortunes who won 20 races in New Mexico from 1991-99.