Press ReleaseAugust 24, 2014
Competing in this stakes for the seventh consecutive season, Miracle Snow was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Sunday’s 400-yard, $63,500 Lineage Championship Stakes (RG3), one of four New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse stakes contested at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Miracle Snow, a homebred 10-year-old gelding by champion Dean Miracle racing for Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, covered his 400-yard trip in :19.353, and his margin of victory was a neck from Jess Got Issues. J. Martin Bourdieu rode Miracle Snow for trainer Jill Giles.
Miracle Snow was coming off of a head victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs. All told, the gelding has won 17 of 57 starts, and the $38,100 share of the Lineage Championship purse pushed his bankroll to $718,211.
Miracle Snow has won seven stakes, including the 2010 and ’12 editions of the Lineage Championship. He scored his first stakes victory, the $62,745 Hard Twist Stakes (RG3) at Albuquerque, way back in 2007.
Earlier on the card, Giles won the 400-yard, $60,000 Pelican Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies with Penny Snatchin. Giles also bred and owns the daughter of Gone To The Mountain, who defeated Sparkling Heart by three-quarters of a length and earned $33,000 to increase her earnings to $108,858 from 12 starts. Penny Snatchin sprinted 400 yards in :19.526.
In the $60,000 First Moonflash Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds, Pedro Carrillo’s SC Dustychampion prevailed by a neck with Jimmy Coates riding for trainer Tony Gallegos. The Chicks A Blazin gelding, who was bred by Sepulveda Corporation, earned $33,000 while become a stakes winner in his first attempt against stakes foes. He clocked 400 yards in :19.529.
The $60,000 Lobo Championship Stakes (R) at 870 yards went to Joan Dale Hubbard’s homebred Storm Chasor, who scored a game neck victory in a time of :44.754. Dusty Shepherd rode the Attila’s Storm (TB) gelding for conditioner Todd Fincher and improved his bankroll to $138,460 with a record of 18-7-3-2.
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