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Thunder Agard Wins Thrilling Stretch Duel, Takes $60,000 Lineage Classic Stakes
RSS Feeds Sunday, August 24, 2014
Thunder Agard, a homebred 5-year-old gelding by To Teras racing for Rebecca Anderson of Grants, New Mexico, outdueled odds-on favorite On Down The Road and E Bar Way down the stretch to win the 1 1/16-mile, $60,000 Lineage Classic Stakes (R), one of four state-bred Thoroughbred stakes contested at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday.

Prepped by Fred Danley and ridden by Enrique Gomez, Thunder Agard covered his 8 1/2-furlong trip in 1:45.24, and his winning margin was a nose from On Down The Road. E Bar Way finished third, a head behind the runner-up, who was coming off of a three-quarter length win in the July 27, 7 1/2-furlong Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

The $30,000 winner’s share of the Lineage Classic purse pushed Thunder Agard’s earnings to $146,521 from 27 starts, of which $84,811 has been banked from nine outs this year.

Thunder Agard was raised at his owner’s home near Grants, about 75 miles west of Albuquerque, where Anderson works as a large- and small-animal veterinarian. The gelding was unraced as a 2-year-old, as a broken sesamoid bone impeded his early training.

Of the 38 horses entered in Saturday’s five Lineage Thoroughbred stakes, 17 were making their first-ever starts at The Downs at Albuquerque. Below is a recap of all five races, with a link to replays of all the races. All also-rans are listed in official order of finish.

Complete coverage of the Lineage weekend races will be featured in the October issue of the New Mexico Horse Breeder magazine.

BANK OF ALBUQUERQUE STAKES (R)
3-year-old fillies
Purse, $60,000
6 furlongs
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Winner -- Lady Genius (3 f., Quinton’s Gold-Miss Einstein by Beau Genius)
Owner -- W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing LLC
Breeders -- Mike Carson and Bill Carson
Trainer -- Dallas Barton
Jockey -- Carlos Madeira
Winning Time -- 1:09.95
Winning Margin -- 3 1/2 lengths
Odds -- 8-1
Also ran -- That’s The Idea (2-5 favorite), Ilikewinnin, High Test Gal, Gold Rush Hush, Roll So Gold, and Woodacouldadid.

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CARLOS SALAZAR STAKES (R)
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older
Purse, $60,000
6 1/2 furlongs
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Winner -- Lakehouse Fun (4 f, Roll Hennessy Roll-Forthelifeofme by Indian Charlie)
Owners and Breeders -- J. Kirk & Judy Robison
Trainer -- Henry Dominguez
Jockey -- Ry Eikleberry
Winning Time -- 1:16.71
Winning Margin -- one length
Odds -- 4-5 (favorite)
Also ran -- Funnyoushouldask, Strawberry Bling, Soaring Dea, Swedish Goddess, and Attila’s Hunny.

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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL STAKES (R)
3-year-olds
Purse, $60,000
6 furlongs
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Winner -- Roll Out The Band (3 g., Roll Hennessy Roll-Partyband by Chimes Band)
Owners and Breeders -- Brad King and Dale Taylor
Trainer -- Todd Fincher
Jockey -- Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time -- 1:09.94
Winning Margin -- four lengths
Odds -- 2-1
Also ran -- Mays Or Mantle (17-10 favorite), D E Lover, Shining Source, Outlaw In Town, Grady Man Can, Dandy Don Who, Anziyan Nights, and Reeser.

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LINEAGE CLASSIC STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $60,000
1 1/16 miles
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Winner -- Thunder Agard (5 g., To Teras-Time Out Tiger by Incinderator)
Owner and Breeder -- Rebecca L. Anderson
Trainer -- Fred Danley
Jockey -- Enrique Gomez
Winning Time -- 1:45.24
Winning Margin -- nose
Odds -- 7-1
Also ran -- On Down The Road (1-2 favorite), E Bar Way, Gotta Move, Spinning Touch, Proud Step, and Le Grande’s Spirit.

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CASEY DARNELL PONY EXPRESS STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $60,000
5 1/2 furlongs
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Winner -- Midnightlowdown (5 g., Stormin’ Lyon-Phoney Exchange by Indian Charlie)
Owners -- William J. Rezzonico and Jeremy L. Trujillo
Breeders -- Famous Lane Farm and Keval Investments
Trainer -- Jose Gonzalez Sr.
Jockey -- Elvin Gonzalez
Winning Time -- 1:02.71
Winning Margin -- five lengths
Odds -- 18-1
Also ran -- Chica’s Minister, Thermal, Joker’s Touch, Zenon’s Star, Kiss My Hennessy, Devon’s Ca Ching (2-1 favorite), Indication N M, and Cowboy’s Rule.

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.




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