Thursday, May 24, 2012
That's Who will put his three-race win streak on the line in Sunday's 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings at Sunray Park.
A homebred gelding by Quinton's Gold racing for Sam E. and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, and trained by Joel Marr, That's Who drew post five in the field of nine. All told, That's Who has earned $352,770 – more than any of his Dine Stakes rivals – and has won six of nine starts, including four stakes.
That's Who was undefeated during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet, as his three victories consisted of the 1-mile, $110,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) on December 31, the 6-furlong, $110,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) on January 21, and the 1 1/16-mile, $110,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) on March 25.
That's Who will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry, who rode the gelding in all of his wins at Sunland.
That's Who's main rivals in the Dine include stakes winners Desert Road and E Bar Way. A chestnut gelding by Desert God campaigned by Dale Taylor, Carey Taylor, and Jon Hogg from the barn of trainer Todd Fincher, Desert Road scored a 3 1/4-length victory in last year's 5 1/2-furlong, $149,000 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
E Bar Way has banked $115,806 from eight outs for his owner, Donnel Echols, who also bred the chestnut gelding by the Giant's Causeway stallion The Way Home. E Bar Way's two wins include last year's 1-mile, $120,000 Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park.
The Dine Stakes is the eighth race on SunRay Park's nine-race card. Scheduled post time for the stakes is 3:43 p.m.
All Dine Stakes entries will carry 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order with jockey assignments – Desert Road (Casey Lambert), E Bar Way (Aldo Arboleda), Pecos Valley Wind (Enrique Garcia), Boy Ego (Brian Theriot), That's Who (Ry Eikleberry), Stealyndeewin (J. Martin Bourdieu), Zenon's Star (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), De So Long Cowboy (Isaias Cardenas), and Dueling Dom (Miguel Hernandez).