Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Graded stakes winners Rex Hill, Saturday Nite Romeo, and Gonna Cha Cha are among the 47 New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) trials at Sunland Park.
Rex Hill and Gonna Cha Cha both drew into the first heat. A homebred gelding by Gonna Ro Sham Bo racing for Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney, Gonna Cha Cha is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first trial. The gelding has earned $225,730 from seven races, and his five wins include the 400-yard, $395,000 Zia Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 29, and the 440-yard, $75,000 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Ruidoso on September 3.
Rex Hill has won four of eight outs and has banked $141,220 for his owners, brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah. The sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr scored a neck victory as the fastest qualifier in the June 3, $168,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Saturday Nite Romeo broke his maiden with a half-length win in the September 22, 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque. The homebred colt by Dash Ta Fame has earned $49,100 from six races for his owner, Verona G. Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico.
Other prominent entries in the Shue Fly trials include Zia Futurity runner-up The Four Js, New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) runner-up Jess A Satin Chicks, Senor Futurity runner-up Jesses On The Run, and New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) runner-up Coronas Hot Pink.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday's trials will meet in the $254,584 Shue Fly Stakes final on January 5. Click here for a complete list of trial entries, courtesy of Equibase.com.