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Seeyalateralligator Wins Inaugural Dona Ana County Handicap
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Seeyalateralligator, a 5-year-old son of Winners Version racing for Ezra Lee and Jason Giles, made his season debut with a victory in the January 29, $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Salvador Martinez for trainer Wes Giles, Seeyalateralligator covered 440 yards in :21.383 and earned a 97 speed index, and his margin of victory was a neck from Jess Cruzin On By. The $51,000 winner’s share of the purse from the inaugural running of the Dona Ana County Handicap pushed his bankroll to $352,347.

Seeyalateralligator was stretching out in distance off of his one-length victory in the 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park on December 17. The gelding was bred by Carolyn Giles of Hanna, Utah. His sire, Winners Version, is an 11-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Holland Ease.

Racing in California and New Mexico from 2008-09, Winners Version earned $399,057 from 17 starts, and his five wins included a 1 3/4-length victory in the 2009 Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia Park, and he was a finalist in all three Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs in ’08. The stallion’s top performers, including graded stakes winners Teana Fay, Winning Merlot, and Blazin Version.

Winners Version is a full brother to Grade 3 winner Texas Version and stakes winner Latest Version. He is owned by A & C Racing and Roping, and he stands for a $3,000 fee at Kim Saunders’ Sierra Blanca Equine in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Seeyalateralligator is one of two winners from four starters produced by Stars In My Eye, an unraced 13-year-old mare by the Dash For Cash stallion Mr Eye Opener. The gelding’s half brother, Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle, won the 2013 Four Corners Futurity (G3) at SunRay Park.

Seeyalateralligator’s second dam, the Lanes Leinster mare Plan A Star, was a finalist in Champagne Lane’s ’96 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG1) during the Central Wyoming Fair meet at Casper.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Seeyalateralligator has won five of 18 starts, and his three career stakes victories include a 1 1/2-length win in the 2015 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes-RG2 at Sunland. The gelding’s resume includes a second-place finish, a head behind winner Klassic Strawfly, in last year’s 440-yard, $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park.

Jess Cruzin On By ran second and was followed by Teana Fay, Heza Wild Dragon, Klassic Strawfly, Justified By Chicks, Dm Ada Kat, Dungarees Version, Es Meyer, and Sic Em Sixes.

Jess Cruzin On By is a homebred 4-year-old stallion campaigned by Yaneth Cabrera. An earner of $215,592 from 11 outs, Jess Cruzin On By has won six races, including the 2015 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

A 4-year-old daughter of Winners Version racing for Jimmy Negrete and Angela Vasquez, Teana Fay was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The mare has won three of 18 starts, including last year’s New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland, and the $8,500 third-place share of the Dona Ana County Handicap purse pushed her bankroll to $176,597.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
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