Seis Menudos is Morning-Line Favorite for Jimmy Drake Stakes

The $40,000 stakes for New Mexico-breds has drawn a field of eight.

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Seis Menudos, pictured here winning the March 4 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap at Sunland Park at odds of 14-1, is one of eight state-bred sprinters entered in Friday's Jimmy Drake Stakes at SunRay Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

A field of eight New Mexico-breds, headed by morning-line favorite Seis Menudos, has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

A 6-year-old Southern Corona gelding trained by Michael Megariz III for owner Eloy Humberto Pena, Seis Menudos will be making his first start since March 4, when he scored an upset victory in the 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at odds of 14-1 at Sunland Park. The gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu.

Carson City Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge racing for David and Sandra Barrett, will make her season debut in the Jimmy Drake. Trained by Fred Danley, the mare won last year’s 400-yard, $40,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG3) at SunRay.

Carson City Girl has won four of 13 outs and has banked $203,571. The mare drew post 4 and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala.

The Jimmy Drake Stakes annually honors the memory of the longtime Farmington resident, who died in 2011. Drake served as president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association, as well as on the state racing commission from 1980-85, and he was instrumental in the opening of San Juan Downs Racetrack in ’85.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Major Bites (Mauro Salcedo), 4-1
Seis Menudos (J. Martin Bourdieu), 3-1
Major Moonflash (Manuel Gutierrez), 6-1
Carson City Girl (Alfredo Sigala), 4-1
lay Misty Foreme (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1
Jess Rueben James (Victor Escobar), 15-1
Mister Brooks (Daniel R. Amaya), 10-1
Jess Cruzin On By (Ruben Calderon), 7-2

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