FARMINGTON — With his victory in Sunday’s SunRay Park Starter Allowance Challenge, bigger things may be on the horizon for Carburator and trainer Ramon Rivera.
Carburator, a 5-year-old Texas-bred gelding by Azoom snapped a four-race losing streak, proving best by a half-length while winning for the sixth time in his career, while at the same time assuring himself a spot in the starting gate later this year for the Starter Allowance Championship at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, Calif.
Ridden to victory by L.A. Perez for owner Chin S Lee, Carburator, the 3.50-to-1 third choice in the wagering, broke quickly from his outside post in the field of eight shortliners, stubbornly assumed the lead after the first 100 yards and gamely prevailed Day Of Fame, running the 350 yards in a fast clocking of 17.52 seconds.
For Carburator, the win pads his career bankroll to over $79,000 while getting back to the winners circle for the first time in eight months.
More importantly, it sets up an appearance in the $75,000 finals, coming up on Nov. 9. Supporters of Carburator were rewarded with a $9 return for their investment.
Day of Fame finished nearly a length clear of third place finisher Sacred Stone to round out the trifecta.
Behind that one across the wire was Lite A Fire, Gallant Mystic, Wishin Accomplished, Devonas Secret RF and Sweet Pea RF.
Live racing resumes Tuesday at 3 p.m., for the 16th day of the 39-day season of racing. Saturday’s live racing card will have an earlier post time to make room for simulcast coverage of the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. Post time for Saturday’s card will be 12:25 p.m.
In Preakness news, Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby and considered a probable for the Preakness, has been ruled out of the race by owner Rick Porter.
Normandy Invasion will instead be pointed towards the Travers Stakes, later this summer at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York.
“Winning the Preakness would be great,” Porter said. “Running second or third wouldn’t do us any good at all, and it might not be very good for the horse.”
Normandy Invasion’s defection from the Preakness leaves the prospective field for the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown with a potential field of nine starters, including Derby winner Orb as well as Illinois Derby winner Departing.
On the day, jockey Dusty Shepherd scored a pair of winners. Shepherd won the second race aboard JL Shiloh, then returned to the winners circle aboard Quinton’s Queen in the fifth race.