FARMINGTON >> Undefeated Lady Genius will seek her third straight win this afternoon at SunRay Park & Casino.
The 2-year-old filly is expected to be sent off as the favorite in the $65,000 C.O. Ken Kendrick Memorial, the eighth race on a nine-race card slated to begin Saturday at 12:35 p.m.
Lady Genius, a New Mexico-bred filly by Quinton's Gold, ran one of the fastest 4 1-2 furlong races all meet long at Sunland Park when she scored an 8 3-4 length win in the Copper Top Futurity last April, checking in with a final time of 51.70 seconds.
Lady Genius is trained by Dallas Barton and is scheduled to be ridden again by Carlos Madeira, who's been on board for each of her first two starts. She is owned by Owned by the Leach Racing Stables, W.D. Carson, Sr. & M.H. Carson.
The filly made her debut last March at Sunland, winning her very first race before storming to victory in the Copper Top with an electrifying score. She's been training steadily at Ruidoso Downs since the stakes win and seems set for a top effort.
Breaking from post No. 7 in the 10-horse field, Lady Genius has been installed as the 3-to-1 morning line favorite.
Cattle Act, a recent maiden winner at Ruidoso Downs just one start after being defeated by Lady Genius in the Copper Top, has been made the second choice on the track's morning line for owner and trainer Cliff Lambert.
The filly by Phone Home scored a gutty victory in her third start last time out on May 25, beating maidens in a time of 54.44 seconds at Saturday's distance. She's been in the money in all three career starts and will break from post No. 2 under jockey Casey Lambert.
In addition to the Kendrick, Saturday's card is highlighted by the simulcast of the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park in New York City.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb will meet Preakness winner Oxbow and a field of 12 others for the 1 1-2 mile Belmont, the third jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.
Orb has been made the official morning line favorite under jockey Joel Rosario for trainer Claude "Shug" McGaughey, while Oxbow is the third choice on the morning line for one of the most prestigious and challenging horse races in North America.