Smafricate, 'Romeo' Win NM State Fair Stakes

Senor and Senora Futurities produce mild upsets at Albuquerque.

September 22, 2012

The New Mexico State Fair meeting at The Downs at Albuquerque showcased state-breds on Saturday afternoon with the $82,070 Senorita Futurity (RG3) and $88,181 Senor Futurity (RG3) both going to the third choice in the wagering.

In the Senorita Futurity, Smafricate jumped out to an early one-length lead and maintained that advantage to the wire under jockey Elliot Bachicha Jr. Owned and trained by Judy Bachicha, Smafricate traveled 400 yards in :19.644.

Bred by Jerry Lee out of the Pyromaniac mare Go Amongst Um, Smafricate’s first stakes victory also gave her sire Streakaway Cash his first stakes winner. The 16-year-old Runaway Winner stallion is out of 1984 world champion Dashs Dream and has sired the earners of more than $1 million. This victory was worth $41,035 to Smafricate, who broke her maiden and set the fastest qualifying time in the trials.

Posies Desiria, a daughter of Desirio, got up to take second in her stakes debut. The Jesse James Jr filly Sandys Jesse, who entered with three wins in six prior starts, crossed the wire third.

In the Senor Futurity, Verona Vaughn’s homebred Saturday Nite Romeo scored by a half-length and earned $44,090 for his maiden-breaking win. The Dash Ta Fame colt clocked 400 yards in :19.763 with Adrian Ramos up for conditioner Lonnie Vaughn.

Saturday Nite Romeo, who tied for the second-fastest qualifying time when he deadheated for second in his trial, became the 87th stakes winner sired by the late Dash Ta Fame, whose progeny earnings are approaching $18 million. Saturday Nite Romeo is out of the winning Imprimatur mare Hopeful Imp, who has produced six winners from as many starters.

Jesses On The Run, a gelding by Jesse James Jr, took second with the Sixes Royal gelding A Special Pfind in third. Fastest qualifier Balderinas Surprise finished fourth but was disqualified and placed seventh for interference.