Making his first official start in three months, Mr Jess Jenkins sprinted to a neck victory in Sunday's $150,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G2) at Zia Park.
Mr Jess Jenkins went 440 yards in :21.388 and posted a 104 speed index under jockey James Flores. Marcos Carrizales saddled the sorrel son of world champion Apollitical Jess for owners Jose Ernesto Guzman and Rito Sosa.
Mr Jess Jenkins was bred in Oklahoma by V.H. Harman Jr. and Robert Moudy III, and he was making his first start since September 2, when he scored a neck victory in American Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race, the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding is out of Fetching Image, an unraced daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Dashing Cleat.
Raced in New Mexico and Oklahoma, Mr Jess Jenkins has won three of six starts, and the $70,560 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $1,576,180.
Chilitos finished second and was followed officially by Cers Final Try, Hotsempting, Perrys Secret, Meleros Dash, First Neon Moon, Flying Famous Eagle, Dash For Glitter, and Number One Interest.
The Southwest Juvenile Championship was just one of five graded Quarter Horse stakes contested at Zia Park on Sunday. Following are recaps of the other four stakes.
Zia Park Championship (G1)
Ryansmanonthemoon, a homebred sophomore son of champion First Moonflash campaigned by Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, overcame a stumble at the start and rallied to win Sunday's 440-yard, $200,000 Zia Park Championship (G1).
Ridden by Mauro Salcedo for trainer Cynthia Gonzalez, Ryansmanonthemoon made his quarter-mile trip in :21.409, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from Valiant Tiberias. The New Mexico-bred gelding earned a 104 speed index and banked the $115,200 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes win.
Ryansmanonthemoon was coming off of a neck victory in a 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trial at Ruidoso Downs on August 18. The bay gelding has won seven of 16 starts -- all in New Mexico -- and his resume includes neck victories in the January 26, $211,000 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) and February 16, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2), both for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.
Ryansmanonthemoon has earned $337,381, of which $295,481 has been banked the season.
Danjer finished third and was followed by Political Attraction, Tools In The Sky, Tough To Bee, Eagle Coast, Hes Limitless, Jess Move You, and Stone Cold Leader.
New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1)
Cat Daddys Lil Girl, the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine, scored her first career stakes victory in Sunday's $145,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) for state-bred distaffers.
A homebred gray sophomore daughter of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Cynthia Gonzalez for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, Cat Daddys Lil Girl covered 400 yards in :19.747, and her winning margin was a neck from 11-1 longshot Hollywoodcrown. Mauro Salcedo rode the filly.
Cat Daddys Lil Girl was coming off of a second-place finish, a nose behind winner Sinsational Tacha, in the 400-yard, $35,000 Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes at Albuquerque Downs on October 26. The filly has won five of 12 starts and has banked $245,062, and her season record includes second-place finishes in the 400-yard, $197,725 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 28, and the 400-yard, $189,405 New Mexico State Fair Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs on September 22.
Chicks Baby Suds ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Cat Daddys Lil Girl. First N Forever, Woodys Copy Cat, Tooflashyforyou, Jess Fire Chick, Regard The Rose and Sister Sophia completed the order of finish.
Lovington Stakes (G2)
A sharp break from post 4 helped Pete A. Scarmardo's This Is A Deal Too score a wire-to-wire win in Sunday's Grade 2, $50,000 Lovington Stakes.
Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Jackie Riddle, This Is A Deal Too defeated Badhabit Jess by a nose while making his 400-yard trip in :19.535. The homebred 4-year-old son of the Game Patriot stallion Dealagame banked $28,800 from his second graded stakes victory.
This Is A Deal Too was bred in Texas, and he was scoring his second consecutive win in this stakes. Raced in Texas and New Mexico, the sorrel gelding has won seven of 19 outs, including three of eight at the 400-yard trip, and he has earned $255,002.
This Is A Deal Too was a finalist in three futurities in 2017, including the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Texas Classic futurities, and last year's Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.
Jacky Martin 21, Delight Won, Walcott, Rarin, Wokatee On Fire, Strykr Force, New News, and Marfilmio completed the order of finish.
King Rick Rack Stakes (G3)
Jerry Windham's Stolis Pro, a homebred 8-year-old son of champion Stoli trained by Jackie Riddle, led at every call en route to a half-length win in Sunday's $50,000 King Rick Rack Stakes (G3).
Under jockey Francisco Calderon, Stolis Pro went 870 yards in :46.330. The Texas-bred bay gelding earned $29,400 from his 15th win in 23 outs at the 870-yard distance.
Stolis Pro has won all three of his starts this season, including the 870-yard, $30,000 Sandia Stakes at Albuquerque Downs. All told, the gelding has won 16 of 38 starts and has banked $182,656, of which $167,443 has been pocketed in 870 races.
Why Buy The Cow finished second and was followed by 7-5 favorite Illtakeyouforaride, Rod James, Spit Prize Corona, J Boy A, D E Wagons Strawfly, and Amsterdams Big Daddy.
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