Eye N Capo Rolls in Rio Grande Handicap

The odds-on favorite earns his fourth graded stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Eye N Capo broke sharply from post 10 and led at every call in Saturday's $50,000 Rio Grande Handicap. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Eye N Capo, a 5-year-old Capo de Capi gelding campaigned by Ruben Garcia Montemayor, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $50,000 Rio Grande Handicap (G3) at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Jesse Levario and sent to post as the 4-5 favorite in the full field of 10, Eye N Capo defeated Papaws Paint by a neck in :17.278 for 350 yards. Josue Ponce prepped the sorrel gelding, who was making his season debut and first-ever start at Sunland Park.

Eye N Capo was bred in Oklahoma by Dee and Betty Raper, and he was coming off of a neck victory as the 2-5 choice in the 350-yard, $20,000 Sam's Town Stakes at Evangeline Downs. An $8,500 purchase at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, Eye N Capo has won 10 of 17 starts and has earned $495,910.

Eye N Capo has won a total of six stakes, including the 2016 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park and last year's Sam Houston Classic Stakes (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Jacky Martin 21 ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Eye N Capo, and was followed by Only Business, Pitchin Woo, Jess Botticelli, A Special Dynasty, Beyond 15, Apollitical OK, and Double O Seven B.

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