Such was the case Saturday at SunRay Park & Casino, where Shesatopattraction and jockey Enrique Gomez took advantage of a tiring front-runner, dueled for the lead and eventually edged clear in the final yards of the $30,000 Budweiser Allowance Stakes in front of a crowd of nearly 1500.
Trained by Henry Dominguez for the Tommy Town Thoroughbred Stables, the 3-year-old filly by Old Topper pulled clear of runner-up Key To My Warrior in the final furlong before posting a 1 1-4 length score over that one, leaving behind the tiring 4-to-5 post time favorite Jossy Do It, who weakened to finish fourth, her worst effort in four starts this year.
Shesatopattraction, sent off as the second choice on the toteboard at 18-to-10 odds, sat chilly in third place early on in the 6 1-2 furlong sprint, trailing the leader Jossy Do It by about 3 lengths down the backstretch. As the field bunched up approaching the turn, the leader visibly began to shorten stride.
Gomez used the filly's momentum to carry her out wide into the top of the stretch, where he would battle briefly with Aldo Arboleda, who cut the corner aboard Key To My Warrior. In the final furlong, Shesatopattraction found her best stride and prevailed in a final time of 1:20.53 seconds.
For the winner, it marks her third career score from 8 starts, where she now has earnings approaching $80,000. Saturday's victory ends a four-race losing streak for the filly who hadn't been in the winners circle since last December at Zia Park.
Supporters of Shesatopattraction were rewarded with a $5.60 return on their investment.
Key To My Warrior and Moneyatlast rounded out the top three, with heavy favorite Jossy Do It weakening to finish fourth. Behind that one were Windago and Ten Plush. Infinitely was scratched earlier in the day.
Jossy Do It, under Macario Rodriguez for trainer David Wolochuk, was looking for her third straight win after a stakes victory at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana last month, but she had no real visible excuse after she gave way on a lonely lead on the far turn.
** On the day, jockey Macario Rodriguez scored three winners. Rodriguez scored aboard FJ Jumpn in the 3rd race, then returned to the winners circle aboard What A Deal in the 5th race, then again aboard Subtle Greek in the 7th race.
** Today's 9-race program gets underway at 12:55 p.m. and is highlighted by the $65,000 Grade 3 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes.
Sandys Jesse, coming off a narrow win in the Sunburst Stakes last time out at Sunland Park has been installed as the 3-to-1 morning line favorite for trainer Ramon Rivera ad rider Tanner Thedford.
Sandys Jesse has won five times from 11 starts, with earnings topping $157,000. The daughter of Jesse James Jr. already owns two wins from three starts over this course, which makes her an even more formidable contender as she will break from post 3 in the 10-horse field.
Rex Hill, the second choice on the morning line at 4-to-1, also sports an excellent record at SunRay Park. Last year, Rex Hill won both his trial and subsequent finals for the New Mexico Breeders' Futurity.
In all, the Dick Powell trainee has earned nearly $150,000 while showing five wins from 10 starts.
The New Mexico Breeders' Stakes will go as the fourth race on the card, with a scheduled post time of 2:07 p.m.
Steve Bortstein is the host of "First Sports" & "The Fast Track" on FOX SPORTS AM 1340/93.9 FM. Bortstein also serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.