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True Heat is Morning Line Favorite for Dine Stakes
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True Heat, a homebred son of Southwestern Heat racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Monday’s 6 1/2-furlong, $30,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park.

Trained by Henry Dominguez, True Heat has won two of seven races, all in New Mexico, and has banked $89,922. The gelding’s resume includes second-place finishes in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park on March 20, and last year’s 5-furlong, $175,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

True Heat is one of three winners from as many starters foaled by Bugs Day, a winning 12-year-old daughter of Holy Bull, and he is a half brother to the stakes-placed Diabolical filly Got Aces. The gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden in the Dine Stakes by Ry Eikleberry.

True Heat’s eight opponents include stablemate Back Seat Hero, a stakes-winning Diabolical gelding trained by Dominguez by the Robisons. Back Seat Hero has earned $124,576 from 11 outs, and his two wins include a half-length score at odds of 26-1 in last year’s 6-furlong New Mexico Cup Juvenile Championship (R) at Zia Park.

Alejandro Medellin will ride Back Seat Hero from post 5.

Other Dine contenders include R.D. Hubbard’s Forger and Tricar Stables Inc.’s Proud Zoning. Forger is a homebred son of Attila’s Storm and the winning 13-year-old Gone Hollywood mare Faked Out. Trained by Todd Fincher, the gelding will be making his first start since April 5, when he scored a wire-to-wire, two-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong, $31,000 non-winners-of-two allowance for state-breds at Sunland Park.

Forger drew the rail post and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Proud Zoning is a chestnut son of the Proud Irish stallion Proud Tower Too trained by Sal Gonzalez. The colt ended his 2-year-old campaign with a half-length victory in a maiden $62,500 claiming race at Del Mar Racetrack on August 8.

Gonzalo Nicolas will ride Proud Zoning from post 3.

The complete lineup for the Dine Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Forger (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 3-1; Southwest Moonlite (J. Martin Bourdieu), 10-1; Proud Zoning (Gonzalo Nicolas), 4-1; My Bull (Norberto Arroyo Jr.), 15-1; Back Seat Hero (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Bloss (Frank Reyes), 8-1; Ivan El Grande (Renny Arrieta), 6-1; Dom Dee Dom Dom (Miguel Perez), 20-1; and True Heat (Ry Eikleberry), 5-2.

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