SUNLAND PARK — Last year, when Call Me A Blazn Chic was sent postward as the 3-to-5 favorite in the Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap, the New Mexico-bred daughter of Chicks A Blazin was riding a three-race win streak and was returning to a course over which she had already been successful.
After a slow start under jockey Esgar Ramirez, Call Me A Blazn Chic was a no-threat seventh in the race and, since then, has raced only three more times in this calendar year.
The Kristopher Cordova-trainee has a chance to make amends in today's edition of the $85,000 Wooten and Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, in which she will break from post 4 in one of the most wide-open handicap races within the state-bred filly and mare division.
Call Me A Blazn Chic has gone 384 days since her last win, a gate-to-wire score at Zia Park in the New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship. Successive defeats in three stakes races this year have not diminished her chances to begin a new win streak, this time under jockey Alonso Rivera.
Listed as the co-third choice on the morning line at odds of 6-to-1, Call Me A Blazn Chic will race without blinkers for the first time in over two years. A six-time winner from 18 career starts, she has earned more than $551,000 for the J&M Racing and Farm Stables. That purse money earned makes her the most successful filly coming into the 400 yard dash, but apparently did nothing to intimidate her nine rivals, who will reach the starting gate for the Wooten and Valentini, which goes as the fourth race on an 11-race card set to begin at 12:15 p.m.
WDC Wendys Wine, drawn in post No. 6 for trainer/co-owner Alonso Aranda and slated to be ridden by Alejandro Medellin, is the 7-to-2 morning line favorite. Like Call Me A Blazn Chic, the 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge is also seeking to end a losing streak that dates back to a trial heat for the Grade 2 Championship Challenge at Sunland Park last March 19.
WDC Wendys Wine will be looking to end a seven-race losing streak today over a course where three of her four lifetime wins have occurred. Though she hasn't won a race in nearly nine months, she has hit the board in six of those races and should be considered a major threat.
The Wooten and Valentini Handicap has a scheduled post time of 1:30 p.m., and is one of two stakes races on a strong card of thoroughbred and quarter horse racing.
Today's co-featured 10th race, the one-mile $85,000 Enchantress Stakes for state-bred 2-year-old fillies, appears to be a mere formality for Lady Genius, listed as the 9-to-5 morning line favorite for trainer Dallas Barton and scheduled to be ridden by Carlos Madeira.
The daughter of Quinton's Gold has won five of seven career starts, including a powerful four-length win last month at Zia Park in the Eddy County Stakes. She has already amassed earnings over $251,000 and can put a virtual lock on state-bred awards for top juvenile-bred filly.
Lady Genius will break from post No. 2 in the Enchantress, making her return to Sunland Park, where she has won each of her two starts over the course.
The Enchantress has a scheduled post time of 4:04 p.m.
On Saturday, D E Wagons Strawfly captured the $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap under jockey Brayan Velazquez for owner/trainer Tony Sedillo.
Sent off at odds of 9-to-2, D E Wagons Strawfly was able to draw within striking range of early leader Lionett heading into the stretch. The 5-year-old gelded son of Genuine Strawfly inhaled the pacesetter and posted a 3-4 length victory over the heavy post-time favorite Coronas Boy.
The victory is the sixth overall and second stakes victory from 24 starts for D E Wagons Strawfly, who earned a $51,000 paycheck with the win, pushing his career bankroll past $230,000.
The final time for the 870 yards was 45.12 seconds.