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Stormin The Jewels, Hit A Lick Renew Rivalry in Casino at the Downs Derby
RSS Feeds Sunday, September 4, 2016
Stormin The Jewels and Hit A Lick, the winner and runner-up, respectively, in the July 31 Road Runner Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs, are among the 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $107,976 Casino at the Downs Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs.

A bay son of Attila’s Storm, Stormin The Jewels is trained by Fred Danley for John and Sue May’s J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas. The gelding is coming off of a 1 3/4-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 31.

Stormin The Jewels has earned $197,103 from seven outs, and his two wins include a 1 1/4-length score in last year’s 6-furlong Camino Real Futurity (R) at Albuquerque. The Mays’ are longtime New Mexico breeders of both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses; they were inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame in June.

John May died in December 2014 at the age of 84. Among the Mays’ homebreds are Prospect To The Top, the 2011 AQHA champion 3-year-old colt and champion aged stallion the following year.

Stormin The Jewels drew post 4 and will be ridden by Oscar Ceballos.

Hit A Lick is trained by Todd Fincher for owner Dale Taylor. The Attila’s Storm gelding has won two of six outs and has banked $48,615, and the Road Runner marked his first-ever start in a stakes race.

Hit A Lick drew post 6 and will be ridden by Jake Barton.

Other contenders include Forger and Storm Warrior. A homebred Attila’s Storm gelding trained by Fincher for owner R.D. Hubbard, Forger has won two of his four races, including the June 6, 6 1/2-furlong Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park, and he has earned $48,033 this season.

Forger drew post 7 and will be ridden by Gonzalo Nicolas.

Storm Warrior races for Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque from the barn of trainer Ross Amestoy. The bay son of the Storm Cat stallion Weather Warning is looking for his first win of the season after a 2-year-old campaign during which he won all three of his outs, including the 5 1/2-furlong, $195,000 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

The complete lineup for the Casino at the Downs Derby, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds: Seasalt N Vinegar (J. Martin Bourdieu), 8-1; Dyno Dom (Jorge Carreno), 12-1; Sapello Santino (Don French), 20-1; Stormin The Jewels (Oscar Ceballos), 5-2; Rogue Divergent (Elvin Gonzalez), 15-1; Hit A Lick (Jake Barton), 7-2; Forger (Gonzalo Nicolas), 9-2; Attila’s Dance (John Rochabrun), 20-1; Storm Warrior (Ry Eikleberry), 5-1; and Contreras (Jimmy Ray Coates), 15-1.

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