Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SunRay Park opens its 42-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with an 11-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is 3 p.m. (MDT).
Located in Farmington, New Mexico, in the state's Four Corners region, SunRay Park will conduct live racing on a Friday-through-Sunday and Tuesday schedule. Special programs will be run on Memorial Day Monday, May 28, and Monday, June 25.
Post times for SunRay's first race will be 12:55 p.m. (MDT) on Saturdays and Sundays, and 3 p.m. on weekends.
Trainers with stables at SunRay Park include Henry Dominguez, the leading Thoroughbred trainer at the recently concluded Sunland Park meet. Justin Evans, Alonso Orozco, Weston Martin, Joel Marr, and Todd Fincher also have stalls at the track.
SunRay's jockey colony includes Miguel Hernandez, Ry Eikleberry, and Macario Rodriguez.
SunRay Park's stakes schedule gets underway with the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Inaugural Handicap on Friday. Imco Spirit (IRE), the winner of the $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes at Sunland Park on March 25, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite.
SunRay's New Mexico-bred stakes schedule kicks off on Saturday. A full field of 10 state-bred fillies and mares have been entered in the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Russell and Hellen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R), including morning-line favorite Iplaytricks. A 4-year-old Desert God filly racing for Michael C. Stinson, Iplaytricks has been assigned the 122-pound high weight by racing secretary Jim Collins.
Iplaytricks won two races during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet, including the 1-mile, $110,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap (R) on February 18. All told, the filly has won seven of 15 races and has earned $247,340.
Dashkova, the winner of the March 25, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders Oaks (R) for 3-year-old fillies at Sunland, will be making her first start against older runners in the Foutz Distaff.
The complete lineup for the Russell and Hellen Foutz Distaff, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Naughty Storm (Macario Rodriguez, 115), 15-1; Iplaytricks (Ry Eikleberry, 122), 5-2; Dream Kin (Juan Ochoa, 116), 10-1; Vowsmakemeblush (Enrique Gomez, 115), 20-1; Dashkova (Jose L. Rivera Jr., 116), 8-1; Cali Baby (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 119), 4-1; Shemoves (Miguel Hernandez, 120), 7-2; Devon's Spirit (Joe Martinez, 115), 20-1; Going West Gal (Ricardo Jaime, 115), 12-1; and I Am Lesters Gal (J. Martin Bourdieu, 118), 6-1.
SunRay Park's richest stakes, the 350-yard, $175,000-est. New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses, will be run on Sunday, June 3.
For more information on SunRay's meet, including a condition book and complete stakes schedule, visit the track's website at www.sunray-gaming.com.