FARMINGTON - Tyger Teras, as expected as the overwhelming 7-to-5 post time favorite under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr., made short work of her eight rivals in Saturday's $65,000 Aztec Oaks at SunRay Park & Casino.
Making her local debut for trainer Greg Green after a rather successful season at Sunland Park, the New Mexico-bred daughter of To Teras posted an impressive 4-length score, earning her fifth win from nine lifetime starts for owner Jim Nation.
Breaking from the inside post in the six and one-half furlong sprint, Tyger Teras was allowed to settle into striking position just to the outside of dueling rivals Chapaquiddick Hush, Dance With Trixie and Lakehouse Fun.
Those three contested a hot pace, with internal fractions of 23.18 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.99 seconds for the half.
Tyger Teras ranged up on the outside of those rivals midway around the far turn and within a few strides, had taken command before straightening away for the final furlong.
"All she needed was a little tap to get her going", Juarez said in the winner's circle after the race.
Tyger Teras now has career earnings approaching $150,000. She earned her second stakes win in the process, having won the La Senora Stakes this past January at Sunland Park.
She has now won four of her last five starts, her only loss over the course of the last six months coming in a second-place finish in the New Mexico Breeders' Oaks last March.
Tyger Teras rewarded her backers with a $4.80 return on their investment while running the six one-half furlongs in a final time of 1:18.38.
Lakehouse Fun was a no-threat second under jockey Enrique Gomez, while finishing a length in front of Swedish Goddess.
Behind them were Dance With Trixie, La Luz, Silver Streakn Gal, Applelina, Grand Flame and Chapaquiddick Hush.
On the day, Juarez rode two winners.
Prior to his winning effort aboard Tyger Teras, Juarez also rode sixth-race winner Magic Resource to victory for trainer Eric Mikkelson.
Jockey Isaias Cardenas also steered home a pair of winners on the Saturday card in front of a crowd over 750 strong.
Cardenas was awarded the win in the day's 1st race aboard the Martin Perez-trained Hi Lilly Hi Lo after stewards disqualified the first-place finisher Cash Four J for interference shortly after the start.
Cardenas came back and won the 3rd race aboard Jesseknows for trainer Emilio Cadena.
A pair of stakes races headline today's action at SunRay Park & Casino, with plenty of solid wagering options in both featured attractions.
The $133,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity will be headlined by 5-to-2 morning line favorite First Place Moonfast, who will be looking for his third straight win for trainer Arturo Chavez.
The second-fastest qualifier for the Futurity when trial races were held here on May 10, First Place Moonfast had an adventurous trip in his trial win when he was bumped on both sides coming out of the gate.
The son of the highly productive sire First Moonflash still managed to prevail with a final clocking of 17.90 seconds.
It was the second straight win for First Place Moonfast, both of them coming over the local strip. Much like in his trial win, he will once again break from post 3 under jockey Daniel Amaya.
AJ Hardwood, the fastest qualifier for the Futurity, which will go as Race 4 on the program, has been made the second choice on the program at 3-to-1 odds for trainer Fernando Carrete.
A daughter of Hard Hitting, AJ Hardwood posted the fastest time of 17.84 seconds when she won her trial race under Daniel Torres, who will be back in the saddle again today from post 9.
An interesting contender in the Futurity could be Sassy Moonflash for trainer Kristopher Cordova.
He was one of the most visually impressive trial winners, taking his heat by a length in a final clocking of 17.95 seconds for the 350 yards.
The co-featured Diné Stakes, for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old thoroughbreds at six and one-half furlongs, is headlined by the very talented Hush's Storm, winner of the New Mexico Breeders' Derby at Sunland Park last time out.
A three-time winner from eight starts, the Todd Fincher-trained son of Atilla's Storm eclipsed the $100,000 earning mark with his most recent win at Sunland Park.
Though he may want more distance than today's six and one-half furlong, he comes into this contest with the most credentials and has been installed as the 3-to-1 morning line favorite.
Post time for today's nine-race card is 12:55 p.m.