Boi George Upsets West Texas Futurity

Texas-bred gives trainer Gene Burden a sweep of the Sunland Park stakes over the weekend.

Boi George has apparently developed an affinity for the outside post, as the Texas-bred gelding by Teller Cartel broke his maiden from post 10 in his West Texas Futurity (G2) trial on March 21 and returned to win the $267,651 final on Sunday at Sunland Park from the same post. The victory was the third stakes win for trainer Gene Burden on the weekend at Sunland, as he also saddled Redneck Baptism to win the $50,000 West Texas Juvenile (R) and One Lethal Blaze to win the $85,320 SunBurst Stakes (R) on Saturday.

Boi George, who is owned by Mauricio and Miguel Gallegos and was bred by Jack Manning, won his trial at first asking as the 2-1 favorite. He posted a time of :15.344 in that race for the ninth-fastest qualifying time under jockey Sergio Becerra Jr. In the final, this time under Adrian Ramos, Boi George rallied to a half-length win in :14.873 at odds of 16-1. The victory was worth $125,796.

Juan Castro and Daniel Balderrama’s El Damazo, a colt by Desirio who had a maiden and trial win to his credit, closed to take second with Efrain Vigi riding for trainer Jose Vargas. There was a dead heat for third between Luis Rogelio Nava’s Aka Bugga, a PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding also trained by Burden, and J and M Racing and Farm’s JM Famous Master, a PYC Paint Your Wagon colt conditioned by Jose Luis Muela.

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