Sandys Jesse, Gi Genes Take Sunland Stakes

New Mexico track offers state-bred stakes and West Texas Juvenile.

April 13, 2013

Sunland Park on Saturday afternoon presented a pair of American Quarter Horse stakes with Gi Genes taking the West Texas Juvenile (R) for horses that did not advance to Sunday’s West Texas Futurity (G1) and the $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for 3-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico.

In the Sunburst, 2-1 favorite Sandys Jesse prevailed by a neck with Tanner Tedford riding for trainer Alonso Orozco and owner Chin Lee. The sorrel miss dashed 350 yards in :17.073. This marked the second career stakes win for the MJ Farms-bred daughter of Jesse James Jr after the filly won the New Mexico HBA Stakes (RG2) earlier in the Sunland Park meet. All told, Sandys Jesse has won five of 11 starts with two seconds and two thirds and earnings of $157,115.

Runin Sixes, a daughter of Sixes Royal running for owners Peter Gallegos, Valle Guadiana Corp. and Patricia Gonzalez, finished a game second and just went over the $100,000 mark in career earnings. Dan Newby’s homebred Cmon Jesses Girl, also by Jesse James Jr, took third.

In the West Texas Juvenile, Nogal Racing LP’s homebred Gi Genes scored a mild upset as the Azoom gelding won by three-quarters of a length at odds of 8-1. Piloted by Freddie Martinez for trainer Roy Marcom Jr., the New Mexico-bred stopped the timer at :14.994 for 300 yards.

Gi Genes kicked off his racing career with a victory in a West Texas Futurity trial, but his time of :15.126 was just outside of the 10 fastest times. After two starts and two wins, his earnings stand at $35,100.

All About Tonight, a daughter of Carters Cartel who also won her West Texas trial, closed well to take second as the 3-2 favorite. She runs for Marc and Michelle Jungers and Robert and Renee Reynolds. The FDD Dynasty filly Winter Is Coming, now a veteran of three races after a third against maidens and a West Texas trial victory, came on to take third for owner Sunset Well Service Inc.