FARMINGTON — A pair of runners from the unheralded Juan Torres barn ran one-two in Sunday's $65,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes at SunRay Park & Casino.
A race that appeared to be down to a two-horse duel on paper between morning-line favorite Sandys
Jesse and the stakes-placed WDC Wendys Wine was downgraded a bit when Sandys Jesse was scratched early Sunday afternoon, leaving WDC Wendys Wine in what seemed like a mere formality.
Instead, it was Incoho Tes, sent off at odds of 12.9-to-1, and stablemate Maggie Get Down, an even bigger longshot at 16-to-1, who exchanged nose bobs on the wire, with Incoho Tes getting the best of the bob, winning by a nose under jockey Manuel Gutierrez.
Incoho Tes, who was coming off a claiming victory last month at Sunland Park, overcame a stumbling start, closed with a rush and ran the 400 yards in a final time of 19.44 seconds, just inches ahead of Maggie Get Down, who was only a nose in front of the one-to-five favorite WDC Wendys Wine, who failed to last on the lead in the final strides of the race.
Incoho Tes, owned and trained by Torres, earned her fourth lifetime win from 16 starts, increasing her career earnings to over $80,000 in the process. "I honestly didn't know who got the win," said Torres in the winners' circle after the race. Incoho Tes is a seven-year-old mare by Rabbits Rainbow who was making only her fourth start since the beginning of 2012 in the Senora.
Prior to Sunday, she'd finished second in her only two starts over the local course, both of those coming in 2011. Supporters of Incoho Tes at the windows were rewarded with a $27.80 return on their investment.
Maggie Get Down took the worst of the headbobs on the wire, but saved the second spot ahead of WDC Wendys Wine. Behind that wine across the wire were Sparklin Royal, Gonna Dash, Desert Delight Cash and Smafricate.
Racing resumes Tuesday with a nine-race program set to begin at 3 p.m.
Jockey Enrique Gomez booted home three winners on the card, two of them for trainer Henry Dominguez, (Favorite Lad, Race Six and Lava Show, Race Seven) and another for trainer Joel Marr (That's Who, Race Eight).
Todd Fincher also saddled two winners on the card (Swedish Goddess, Race Five and Gold Change, Race Nine).