Daddys Blushing Wins Jess Burner Memorial

The Big Daddy Cartel gelding ends his sophomore season with a victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Daddys Blushing earned his third career stakes victory in Friday's Jess Burner Memorial Handicap. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Daddys Blushing, a 3-year-old son of Big Daddy Cartel owned by Gary W. Harstack of Houston, Texas, outran his 10-1 odds to win Friday's 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds, the opening-day feature at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Jackie Riddle, Daddys Blushing defeated 19-10 favorite Percyjones and Mr Klee, who finished in a dead heat for second, by a head in :19.665. The bay gelding earned $51,000 from his sixth win in 11 races and third stakes victory.

Daddys Blushing was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and he was making just his second start against aged runners. Raced in New Mexico and Texas, the gelding has banked $290,422, and his stakes resume includes victories in last year's Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park and Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.

Daddys Blushing returned a $22.20 win mutuel.

Jesse Lane finished fourth and was followed by Magnifico Dragon, Bigg Daddy, Siximoons, Swiss White Wine, Comin To Your Town, and Jess Hot.

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