Once Over is Morning-Line Favorite in KOFX Radio Handicap

The gelding will make his 9-year-old debut on Sunday at Sunland Park.


Once Over, pictured here winning last year's West Texas Maturity, is one of a dozen aged sprinters entered in Saturday's KOFX Radio Handicap at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Bujanda Racing Stables’ Once Over will make his 9-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 350-yard, $50,000 KOFX Radio Handicap (G3) at Sunland Park.

A California-bred son of Walk Thru Fire trained by Carlos Alvidrez, Once Over will be shortening in distance off of his second-place finish, a head behind winner TF Im That Guy, in the 440-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on December 31. The gelding won two stakes during the Zia Park fall meet.

Once Over drew post 7 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera.

Other contenders include Hugo Esquivel’s Marseille, a 4-year-old FDD Dynasty gelding trained by Juan Esquivel. Marseille is coming off of a 3-year-old campaign during which he scored a half-length victory in the 440-yard, $152,000 Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia Park.

Marseille drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Docs First Fire (Manuel Gutierrez, 125), 6-1
Apollitical Dreaming (Esgar Ramirez, 124), 8-1
American Girl Rocks (Jaime Parga Leos, 124), 20-1
BF Fooserageous (Adrian Ramos, 125), 5-1
Bruce Allmty (Roberto Meraz Jr., 125), 5-1
Deal A Fortune (Mauro Salcedo, 124), 12-1
Once Over (Raul Herrera, 127), 5-2
Marseille (Jose Enrique Ortiz, 126), 4-1
May Be Fantastic SA (Emilio Tapia, 124), 15-1
Double O Seven B (Jose Luis Enriquez, 124), 15-1
AE-Teves (Jose Enrique Ortiz, 124), 20-1
AE-Lotta Dynasty (L. Salvador Martinez, 124), 20-1

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