TF Im That Guy Scores Upset in Championship at Sunland Park

The 4-year-old son of First Down Dash gets his first Grade 1 win.

Q-Racing Journal

TF Im That Guy (yellow silks, blue cap) holds off the charges of Once Over and odds-on favorite Jessies First Down to win Sunday's Championship at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sent to post at odds of 7-1, TF Im That Guy ended his 4-year-old season with an upset victory in Sunday's $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

 
Jockey Manuel Gutierrez.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

TF Im That Guy went 440 yards in :21.493, and the First Down Dash stallion's winning margin was a neck from 8-1 longshot Once Over. Manuel Gutierrez rode TF Im That Guy for owner Victor Diaz of Sunland Park, New Mexico, and trainer Lorenzo Vega.

Jessies First Down, the 3-10 favorite and the sport's reigning world champion, finished third, a half of a length behind TF Im That Guy, as the gelding was bumped on both sides a few strides out of the gate.

TF Im That Guy was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm and Tate Farms. The stallion is out of TF Ms Special Perry, a daughter of 1991 world champion Special Leader who won the '09 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana.

TF Im That Guy was coming off of a second-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Jessies First Down, in the 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on November 22. All told, the stallion has won six of 24 starts, and the $162,330 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes victory pushed his lifetime bankroll to $698,144.

Diaz acquired TF Im That Guy for $32,000 at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. TF Im That Guy's 2015 juvenile resume includes a third-place finish in the Grade 1, 440-yard All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

Cobalt Creek finished fourth and was followed by Marseille, De La Eagle, JM Mister Destiny, and Don Quixote.

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