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Rollickin Red Rolls at SunRay

Gelding gets first stakes win and fifth consecutive victory.

June 24, 2012

Rollickin Red extended his win streak to five on Sunday at SunRay Park as the 4-year-old Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) gelding went nearly wire-to-wire in the $75,000 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Stakes (R). Breaking well from post three, Rollickin Red took an early lead under jockey Casey Lambert and hit the wire 2 ½ lengths in front with an 870-yard clocking in :44.652. The New Mexico-bred runs for Rollickin Red Partners and trainer Todd Fincher. He returned $7 as the slight favorite.

Bred by Robert Gentry out of the Grade 3-winning Mr Jess Perry mare Deeheiress, Rollickin Red was well beaten in two starts as a juvenile, finishing a total of nearly nine lengths behind in straightaway races at Ruidoso Downs. Then in his 3-year-old debut at Sunland Park, he scored a victory over $12,500 maiden claiming company at 350 yards in February 2011. He then debuted around the turn at 870 yards the following month and won an allowance race. On the sidelines for nearly a year, he came back to the races this February and won another 870-yard allowance at Sunland and followed that with a similar win in March. This race marked his stakes debut, and his earnings now stand at $121,802.

BRT Opulence, the winner of this race in 2010 and ’11, chased gamely and finished second for owners Rogelio Carrasco Sr. and Martin Orona Sr. The 8-year-old Real Runaway gelding pushed his bankroll past $400,000 and improved his record to 39-11-7-6.

KC Royal Flush, a two-time stakes winner by Sixes Royal, closed to take third.