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Weather Dodger Rallies to Win Albert Dominguez Memorial
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Lisa M. Rehburg’s Weather Dodger, a homebred 5-year-old gelding, came from off the pace to win the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Saturday.

Ridden by Ken Tohill for trainer Joel Marr, Weather Dodger covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.51, and his winning margin was a half of a length from Hit A Lick. The $51,000 winner’s share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed the gelding’s earnings to $213,381.

Weather Dodger was coming off of a third-place finish, 11 lengths behind multiple stakes winner That’s Who, in a 1-mile & 70-yard allowance for New Mexico-breds at Zia Park on December 13. The gelding is one of four black-type stakes winners from six crops sired by Weather Warning, a 13-year-old son of the Storm Bird stallion Storm Cat.

Racing in the U.S. and Canada from 2006-07, Weather Warning earned $128,687 from 11 starts, and his three wins included a wire-to-wire, 4 1/2-length victory at odds of 34-1 in the 1 1/8-mile Manitoba Lotteries Derby at Assiniboia Downs in ’07. The stallion, a half brother to stakes winner Foolishly, has sired the earners of more than $4.3 million from 93 starters.

Weather Dodger is also one of four winners from five starters foaled by Cryptoscript, a Kentucky-bred winning daughter of the Fappiano stallion Cryptoclearance and a half sister to Miner Moss, a multiple stakes placed gelding at Charles Town in West Virginia from 2005-06. The gelding is a half brother to Tri Chocolate, a son of Swiss Yodeler who ran second in the 2013 Charles Taylor Derby at Albuquerque Downs and third in that season’s Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby at Ruidoso Downs.

Weather Dodger’s second dam, the Vice Regent mare Her Regency, was a stakes winner at Bay Meadows in 1988 and was a half sister to the stakes-winning Wavering Monarch gelding Hoofer and the stakes-winning Explodent colt Money Battle. Weather Dodger traces back to his fourth dam, Miss C., a winning daughter of Correspondent who produced multiple stakes winners Groton Miss and Critical Miss.

Weather Dodger has won four of 19 starts, including four of 10 at Sunland Park. The gelding’s resume includes a half-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) in 2015.

Shining Source finished third, one length behind Weather Dodger, and was followed by Liberty Lover, That’s Who, Streaks Bro, Ten Penny Cents, G M Gage, Golly Gee, Atillas Gift, and Song Of Laura.

Hit A Lick is a 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm campaigned by Dale Taylor. The multiple stakes placed dark bay or brown gelding has won three of his 11 starts, and the $18,700 runner-up share of the Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap purse increased his bankroll to $103,982.

A 6-year-old dark bay or brown gelding by the Montbrook stallion Source, Shining Source races for Barton Ranch Stables LLC and Blake Rust. Shining Source has won six of 28 outs and has earned $173,310, and his resume includes a second-place finishes in the 2015 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland and University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at Albuquerque Downs.

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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