Seis Menudos Wins Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

The one-time claimer scores Saturday at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Seis Menudos (number 8, pink cap) earns his first stakes victory in Saturday's $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Seis Menudos, a 6-year-old son of Southern Corona racing for Eloy Humberto Pena, reached the wire first in a multi-horse blanket finish in Saturday's $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Raul Herrera for trainer Adam Tapia, Seis Menudos covered 350 yards in :17.212, and his winning margin was a head from Jess Cruzin On By. The gelding was sent to post at odds of 14-1 and returned a $30,80 win mutuel in the full field of 10 New Mexico-bred sprinters.

Seis Menudos was bred by William G. McCarty. A winner at the $5,000 claiming level during the 2015 Zia Park fall meet, the gelding has won nine of 19 outs, and the $51,000 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes victory bumped his earnings to $160,811,

The Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap was one of the most competitive stakes of the season thus far, as just three-quarters of a length separated the first five finishers. Jess Cruzin On By, sent to post at odds of nearly 6-1, completed a $2 exacta payoff of $272,20.

Princess Jesse, the 2-1 second choice, ran third and was followed by Play Misty Foreme, Justified By Chicks, 17-10 favorite Seeyalateralligator, Frank N Jesse, Booyah Bay, Teana Fay, and Major Moonflash.

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