Downs at Albuquerque

Downs at Albuquerque

The track ended its 2020 season with a stakes bonanza on Sunday.

Danjer 2020 Albuquerque Fall Championship. Coady Photography

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Danjer, a 4-year-old son of champion FDD Dynasty and the 7-5 favorite, earned his first Grade 1 win in the 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1), as Albuquerque Downs ended its 2020 summer meet with a stakes-laden program on Sunday.

Racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.084 while defeating 3-1 second choice Eagles Fly Higher by a neck. Cody Smith rode the gelding, who earned a 103 speed index and the $150,000 winner's share of the purse.

Danjer was coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Dexxter, in the 440-yard, $125,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on September 6. The brown gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Dean Frey.  Raced in four states, Danjer has won nine of 18 starts and has earned $736,955, of which $210,244 has been banked this season. His four stakes scores include a neck victory as the 11-10 favorite in the 440-yard, $63,000 Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge (G3) at Canterbury Park on July 7.

Danjer has won five of his 10 outs at the 440-yard distance. He was making his first career start at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Apollitical Pence finished third, one length behind Danjer. Jess A Satin Flash, Valiant Tiberias, Mi Amor Secreto, Marcus Medallion, Putinical, Apollitical Papa, and No Mires A La Luna completed the order of finish.

Following is a recap of four of the other five Quarter Horse stakes run on Sunday. Note that live racing will return to The Downs at Albuquerque with the Bank of America Challenge Championships on Saturday, October 24.

New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3)
Cavenaugh Quarter Horses LLC's Woodys Gold, the fastest qualifier in a full field of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds, earned his first stakes victory in Sunday's $375,559 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3).

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Clint Crawford, Woodys Gold went 400 yards in :19.649 while defeating Fanncee by a clear 1 1/4 lengths. The sorrel son of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge was sent to post as the even-money favorite and returned a $4 win mutuel.

Woodys Gold made his local debut with a three-quarter length win in the fourth of five State Fair Futurity trials on August 28. The gelding was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and he was a $10,000 yearling purchase at last year's New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Woodys Gold has won three of six starts, and the $187,779 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $325,282.

Woodys Gold is out of All About Gold (TB), a winning 11-year-old daughter of the Forty Niner (TB) stallion Gold Case (TB). His summer resume included second-place finishes in the Zia (RG1) and Mountain Top (RG2) futurities at Ruidoso Downs.

Winner Takes It All ran third and was followed by Western Sandman, Your Easy Jess, Celerity Baby, RCJ Major Cartel, Cartel Cambria, Hes A Major Chick, and Devils Cut.

La Fiesta Futurity
Second-fastest qualifier Speed Dynasty, a sorrel son of champion FDD Dynasty racing for J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas, held on at the wire to win Sunday's 400-yard, $256,065 La Fiesta Futurity.

Ridden by Duane Sterling and sent to post as the 17-10 favorite, Speed Dynasty defeated fastest qualifier and 5-2 second choice AJs On Time by a nose in :19.632. Fred Danley prepped the colt, who earned a 91 speed index and the $128,032 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score.

Speed Dynasty was bred in Utah by Speed LLC. The colt is out of Jess Sass Me, a stakes-winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry who ran second in the 2007 La Primera del Ano Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos, and he was a $150,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Speed Dynasty has won four of seven starts and has banked $177,632. The colt was a finalist in the June 7, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Miraculous Kiss ran third, a neck behind Speed Dynasty. Elphaba, Apolliticalfastprize, Grace Of Monaco, Hateful Rhetoric, This Girls Famous, Wicked Prospect, and Ramblin Fox completed the order of finish.

New Mexico State Fair Derby (R)
MJ Farms' Donelli was a prompt 6-5 favorite in Sunday's $244,515 New Mexico State Fair Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.

Donelli covered 400 yards in :19.573 under jockey Alan Hernandez, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from Dark Moon. Wes Giles saddled the homebred gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel.

Donelli set the fastest qualifying time with her neck victory in the second of three trials on August 29. The filly has earned $402,501 from 11 races -- all in New Mexico -- and her seven wins include a three-quarter length win in last year's 400-yard, $386,000 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3).

Don Chuy C ran third and was followed by Anakena, Finnley, Mi Moonflash, Lionesse, Easters Regard, Jess Getaway, and Apollo Chicks.

La Fiesta Derby
Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in a full field of 10 3-year-olds, Wilfrido Guillen's Favorite Latin Lover responded with a neck victory in Sunday's La Fiesta Derby.

Favorite Latin Lover went 400 yards in :19.489. Jacobo Enriquez-Navarro rode the brown son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel for trainer Antonio Soto.

Favorite Latin Lover was bred in Texas by Steve Burns, Paul Jones, and Thompson Racing Inc., and he set the second-fastest qualifying time with his wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length win in the first of two trials on September 5. A $10,000 buy at the 2018 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City, the gelding has won six of seven races while campaigned in New Mexico and Arizona, and the $68,294 winner's share of the $136,588 purse from his second stakes score pushed his earnings to $104,810, of which $72,494 has been pocketed this season.

Favorite Latin Lover's 2-year-old season included a 1 3/4-length win in the 300-yard Desert Classic Futurity (R) at Turf Paradise.

My Famous Wagon finished second and was followed by Tres Seis Traffic, Dr Tool, Dynast C, Hes Sizzling Bb, Kina Big Deal, Valentina Relentless, Cupids Fast Arrow, and Dame Of Thrones.

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