Saturday, January 05, 2013
Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for the first time in a race, Slew By You extended her win streak to three in Saturday's $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses at Sunland Park.
Slew By You made her 400-yard trip in :19.345 while earning an 87 speed index and defeating 42-1 longshot Taleas Liberty by a nose. Juan M. Gonzalez saddled the brown daughter of the late Dash Ta Fame for owner Valle Guadiana Corporation.
Slew By You was bred by Mac and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms in Veguita, New Mexico. The filly's sire, Dash Ta Fame, was a Utah-bred son of all-time leading sire and 1987 AQHA world champion First Down Dash. Racing primarily in California from 1991-92, Dash Ta Fame earned $290,812 from 13 starts, and his seven wins included the 1991 Golden State Futurity (G1) and '92 El Primero del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.
Dash Ta Fame's top runners include 2006 Zia Futurity (RG1) and All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Gun Battle, Grade 1 winner and one-time 440-yard world-record holder Kendall Jackson, and graded stakes winners Ongoing Ta Fame, Dash Ta Moon, In Famous Caper, and Uno Menudo. He was also a leading sire of barrel racers. The stallion died at the age of 22 on July 13
Slew By You's dam, Slew A Po (TB), is a winning 24-year-old daughter of the Seattle Slew (TB) stallion Slewacide. The filly's full sister, Slewacidal, won the 1999 Buttons & Bows and La Mariposa Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque and was a finalist in Girl Secrets' '98 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.
Another of Slew By You's full sisters, Slew Ta Fame, ran third in the 2002 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Slew By You traces back to her fourth dam, the stakes-winning Grey Sovereign (TB) mare Sweet Sovereign (TB). A half sister to stakes winner Pinzon, Sweet Sovereign produced three Thoroughbred stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Mi Selecto and Grade 2 winner Bar Dexter.
Slew By You has won three of eight races, and the $118,814 winner's share of the Shue Fly purse pushed her bankroll to $145,940. The filly's win streak inlcudes a one-length victory in the fourth of five trials on December 14. She broke her maiden with a half-length score in a 350-yard, $29,700 maiden dash for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park on November 26.
The fourth-fastest qualifier and a 9-1 longshot, Slew By You returned a $20.40 win mutuel and teamed with eighth-fastest qualifier Taleas Liberty for a $604.20 ($2) exacta. Fastest qualifier An Absolut Diamond ran third, a neck behind the winner, to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $2,441.20.
One Blazin Kimbo, the 2-1 favorite, finished fourth. Krazy Good, Coronas Hot Pink, Jess Sue Me, Jess Rueben James, Runin Sixes, and Fames Magic completed the order of finish.
A homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr, Taleas Liberty has earned $45,903 from three outs for owner Eusebio V Sanchez. The filly was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the fifth Shue Fly trial.
An Absolut Diamond is a homebred gelding by two-time AQHA champion aged stallion Ketel Won campaigned by Sandy Farris, Marc Jungers, and Lisa McMinn. An Absolut Diamond has won two of six races, and the $27,808 third-place share of the Shue Fly purse boosted his earnings to $54,858.
The Shue Fly Stakes was first run at Sunland Park in 1972, when John Augustine's Sherry's Rebel earned the winner's share of a $15,990 purse. The race honors the memory of Shue Fly, a mare by the Yellow Jacket stallion Cowboy who was a three-time AQHA world champion in the early 1940s.