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Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Draws Field of Nine
RSS Feeds Monday, September 5, 2016
On Monday, Tony Sedillo will be prepping fastest qualifier Imperial Eagle for that gelding’s appearance in the $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, but earlier in the card the trainer will sending morning-line favorite D E Lover to take on eight New Mexico-bred opponents in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Handicap (R).

A 5-year-old So Long Birdie gelding co-owned by Sedillo and Leroy Martinez, D E Lover has won three of his last four starts, including the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Sierra Blanca Handicap (R) at Ruidoso on July 31, a race that the gelding also won last year. D E Lover has won three of his eight outs and has banked $89,142 this season.

D E Lover drew post 4 and will be ridden by Christian Santiago Reyes.

Thermal, a homebred 6-year-old son of Attila’s Storm trained by Todd Fincher for R.D. Hubbard, will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. from post 6. The 2 1/2-length winner of the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) during the 2015-16 Sunland Park meet, the gelding is coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind D E Lover in the Sierra Blanca.

Lonnie Ton made his 4-year-old season debut with a wire-to-wire, neck victory as the 1-2 favorite in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance sprint for state-breds at Ruidoso on the Fourth of July. During his sophomore campaign, the homebred Attila’s Storm gelding won the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds at Ruidoso and ran second in two stakes, including the November 1, 6-furlong New Mexico Cup Derby (R) at Zia Park.

Lonnie Ton drew post 7 and will be ridden by Francisco Giles for owners Maurcenia Cross and Jimmy H. Fox and trainer Gary Cross.

This year’s Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship has been shortened from 1 1/16 miles to 6 furlongs and is restricted to New Mexico-breds for the first time in its history. Estimated post time for the stakes is 3:25 p.m. (MDT).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Not My Note (Glen Murphy, 120), 6-1; Infinite Bull (Miguel Perez, 120), 10-1; Golly Gee (Enrique Gomez, 119), 8-1; D E Lover (Christian Santiago Reyes, 123), 5-2; Mr. Wizard (Miguel Fuentes Jr., 118), 12-1; Thermal (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 121), 3-1; Lonnie Ton (Francisco Giles, 120), 4-1; Southern Fire (J. Martin Bourdieu, 118), 15-1; and Hush’s Storm (Patrick Valenzuela, 121), 8-1.

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