Thursday, April 12, 2012
The final weekend of Sunland Park's 77-day meet will feature three stakes races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.
All three state-bred stakes – two for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses – will be contested on Saturday. Alarm Bell, a homebred gelding by the Forest Wildcat stallion Attila's Storm racing for R.D. Hubbard, is the morning-line favorite for the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $120,989 Copper Top Futurity (R). Alarm Bell made his career debut with a 1 1/2-length victory as the even-money choice in his trial heat on March 20.
Another contender, the Attila's Storm gelding Indication N M, is unbeaten in two starts for his owners, Robert F. Haynsworth and J & SM Inc. Indication N M is coming off of a half-length score as the favorite in his Copper Top trial.
All qualifiers will carry 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Chaka Roll (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1; Indication N M (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 4-1; Key To The Venture (Alfonso Perez), 8-1; Kiss My Hennessy (Miguel Hernandez), 6-1; He's Actin Single (Joe Martinez), 8-1; Hush's Storm (Casey Lambert), 12-1; Alarm Bell (J. Martin Bourdieu), 9-5; Slew Up His Sleeve (Ken Tohill), 20-1; Indy's Ransom (Enrique Gomez), 20-1; and Quinton's Fire (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1.
The other Thoroughbred stakes on Saturday, the $100,958 Copper Top Futurity (R) for fillies will match 10 starters going 4 ½ furlongs. W. Davis and Lisa Moore's Hennessy Road, a homebred chestnut daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll, broke her maiden with a two-length victory in her Copper Top trial on March 20.
Park Lane Lass, a filly by the Sunday Silence stallion Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) campaigned by Bowers and Seago Racing, and Quinn and Kim Jones' Star Of Wonder both finished in a dead heat for a nine-length victory in their Copper Top trial.
All fillies will tote 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Silver Flair (Enrique Gomez), 6-1; Quinton's Queen (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; La La La Dandy (Ricardo Jaime), 20-1; Park Lane Lass (Joe Martinez), 3-1; Cinnamon Roll (Miguel Hernandez), 12-1; Star Of Wonder (Alfonso Perez), 4-1; Churning (Ry Eikleberry), 12-1; Fallon Fontane (Miguel Perez), 20-1; Hennessy Road (Casey Lambert), 5-2; and Gone Dandy (Alfredo Juarez), 20-1.
Also on Saturday, a full field of 10 New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies have been entered in the 350-yard, $110,000 Sunburst Stakes (R).
Call Me A Blazn Chic, a Chicks A Blazin filly racing for Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm at Monahans, Texas, will be seeking her third career stakes victory in the Sunburst. Call Me A Blazn Chic has earned $379,885 from nine starts, and her three wins include last year's 400-yard, $330,643 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park, and 400-yard, $384,031 Zia Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
Gary C. Kloppenburg's Sparklin Royal has won four of 12 outs and has earned $96,562. A homebred gray filly by Sixes Royal, Sparklin Royal scored a head victory as the 19-10 favorite in last year's 400-yard, $77,114 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
All fillies have been assigned to carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup including also-eligible entries, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Sparklin Royal (Joe Martinez), 3-1; Wish You Had One To (Jesse Levario), 12-1; Call Me A Blazn Chic (Esgar Ramirez), 9-5; Dreams Happen (Salvador Martinez), 20-1; Runaway Babe (Macario Rodriguez), 6-1; Cat Ta Hoola (Bonifacio Perez), 15-1; Karolina (Tanner Thedford), 10-1; My Soul Mate (Freddie Martinez), 20-1; Gotloveifyouwantit (Alonso Rivera), 8-1; Fysta (Tony Guymon), 8-1; AE-Last Version (Freddie Martinez), 20-1; and AE-Secrets Turning (J.P. Leos), 20-1.