Albuqerque Lineage Previews

Downs at Albuquerque hosts Lineage Day program.

August 24, 2012

A total of 87 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in the 11 races on Sunday's Lineage Day program at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Post time for the first race,, the Lineage Day Quarter Horse Claiming Stakes, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

The following is a preview of the Quarter Horse Lineage Day races, in the order they will be run:

RACE 1
LINEAGE DAY QUARTER HORSE CLAIMING STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $10,000 – 350 yards

Sunny Situation, a 5-year-old Jacksboro gelding owned and trained by Martin N. Perez, is the morning-line favorite in this race for $5,000 claimers. Sunny Situation is coming off of a 2-length victory as the 2-1 choice in a 400-yard non-winners-of-two $6,250 claimer for state-breds at Albuquerque on August 10.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Heres Your Own Sign (Macario Rodriguez, 122), 9-2; Sunny Situation (Isaias Cardenas, 123), 5-2; Dashing Dino (Alejandro Medellin, 124), 8-1; Seacrest Out (Elliot Bachicha Jr., 125), 3-1; Heza Raramuri Man (Joe Ruiz, 122), 5-1; Six Magic Dragons (Alonso Rivera, 122), 12-1; and Lorraine Of Terror (Oscar Cordova, 124), 6-1.

RACE 2
JOHN AUGUSTINE STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $50,000 – 870 yards

KC Royal Flush, last year's John Augustine Stakes winner, will attempt to defend his title from post 8 on Sunday. A 5-year-old gelding by Sixes Royal racing for Kathryn Maynard and Carla Feerer from the barn of Dominic Duree, KC Royal Flush is coming off of an 870-yard allowance victory against state-breds at Albuquerque on August 11.

Another contender, Rita J. Danley's The Real Rabbit, scored a 1 3/4-length win as the 5-2 favorite in a 550-yard non-winners-of-three allowance sprint at Ruidoso Downs on August 10.

All entries will carry 121 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Affluent Boy (TB) (Ry Eikleberry), 9-2; Pakea Bay (Dusty Shepherd), 7-2; South Oak (Brian Theriot), 12-1; The Real Rabbit (Alejandro Medellin), 3-1; I Know Bedarina (Macario Rodriguez), 10-1; Dittin Know (Isaias Cardenas), 8-1; Famous Lord Shezadi (L. Alfonso Perez), 20-1; and KC Royal Flush (Tony Guymon), 5-2.

RACE 4
HARD TWIST STAKES (RG3)
3-year-olds
Purse, $50,000 – 400 yards

Rare N Hot, a sorrel gelding by the First Down Dash stallion Corona Caliente, puts his three-race win streak on the line in this race.

A $6,250 claim by Santa Fe Horse Racing by Carrillo's LLC and trainer Arnoldo Carrillo on May 29, Rare N Hot has since won both of his starts for his new connections. The gelding has won four of five races and has earned $36,082 this season.

Other contenders include Holy Bucket LLC's Jess Dungarees, the winner of last year's New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3), and Yaneth Cabrera's Untangled Vines, the runner-up to Fury Of The Storm in the May 20, $75,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park.

All Hard Twist Stakes entries have been assigned to carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – LL McQueen (Isaias Cardenas), 20-1; RCJ Major Storm (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 9-2; Two Shine (Oscar Rincon), 15-1; Rare N Hot (Jaime Leos), 8-1; Lion Again (Alonso Rivera), 8-1; Yoga Dash (Benito Baca), 12-1; Jess One Ace (Esgar Ramirez), 6-1; A Royal Debt (Adrian Ramos), 10-1; Untangled Vines (Macario Rodriguez), 3-1; and Jess Dungarees (Dennis Means), 7-2.


RACE 6
PELICAN STAKES (RG3)
3-year-old fillies
Purse, $50,000 – 400 yards

Call Me A Blazn Chic, a brown daughter of the late Chicks A Blazin owned by Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm at Monahans, Texas, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Pelican Stakes.

Call Me A Blazn Chic has earned $411,035 from 11 races, and her three wins include last year's 400-yard, $331,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park, and 400-yard, $384,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs. The filly is coming off of a third-place finish in the June 23, $75,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Handicap (RG2) at SunRay Park.

Gary C. Kloppenburg's Sparklin Royal, the winner of last year's 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3), drew post 10. The homebred daughter of Sixes Royal has banked $106,802 from 16 races.

All fillies have been assigned to tote 122 pounds. The complete lineup for the Pelican Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Call Me A Blazn Chic (Esgar Ramirez), 5-2; Riata Special (Adrian Ramos), 20-1; Miss Two Twenty (Jaime Leos), 10-1; Independent Princess (Gilberto Silva), 25-1; Two Bit Corona (Dennis Means), 8-1; My Soul Mate (Oscar Rincon), 12-1; Wish You Had One To (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 9-2; Gotloveifyouwantit (Macario Rodriguez), 7-2; Jesses Pot Of Gold (Alonso Rivera), 15-1; and Sparklin Royal (J. Martin Bourdieu), 5-1.


RACE 9
LINEAGE QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG3)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $50,000 – 400 yards

Klassic Strawfly, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, is coming off of a third-place finish in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Quarter Horse Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 29.

A homebred 6-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding owned and trained by Ronald L. Stephens, Klassic Strawfly scored a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $75,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 10. Klasic Strawfly has earned $99,465 from six outs this season, and he won two New Mexico-bred allowance races during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds – Love Me Caliente (Dennis Means, 121), 15-1; Miracle Snow (J. Martin Bourdieu, 121), 3-1; Cowboy Got Game (Oscar Rincon, 121), 20-1; Klassic Strawfly (Macario Rodriguez, 122), 5-2; In Famous Caper (Isaias Cardenas, 121), 4-1; Flashproof (Flavio Lozano, 121), 10-1; Stel Gone Corona (Esgar Ramirez, 121), 6-1; De Genuine Queen (Jaime Leos, 121), 8-1; and CP Lawman (L. Alfonso Perez, 121), 10-1.