FARMINGTON — Saturday at SunRay Park & Casino, there was little doubt that the females indeed ran the show.
In addition to jockey Nancy Summers and trainer Camie Telford picking up their second stakes win in less than a month, they did it once again with Tricky R, arguably the most impressive filly or mare currently racing in the state of New Mexico and the winner of the $45,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap.
A winner in each of her last five starts and 12 of 24 in her career, the 7-year-old mare by Favorite Trick raced alone on the lead throughout her six and one-half furlong journey through a moderate opening half-mile of 46.32 seconds, then had enough left in the tank to prevail by just under a length over post-time favorite Funnyoushouldask in the Foutz, restricted to New Mexico bred fillies and mares.
Sent off as the 2.20-1 second choice in the wagering in front of a crowd of nearly 1,400 spectators, Tricky R benefited from an inside post and no significant early pace competition from her six rivals in the Foutz.
"I expected (Funnyoushouldask) to be closer, but being on the outside like she was, it's hard to clear and get over," Summers said after the race. "I liked the post we got because I could just go straight."
Tricky R also took advantage of a course she likes. Her victory in the Foutz was her third from eight starts at SunRay.
"Sharp turns and a short run down the lane definitely helps a lot," Summers said.
A winner last month at Sunland Park in the La Coneja Stakes, also over Funnyoushouldask, Tricky R completed the distance in a final time of 1:17.37.
Tricky R, owned by Ruth Summers and bred in New Mexico by Tony Pickard, earned $27,000 for the win, increasing her lifetime bankroll to just over $287,000 while returning $6.40 to her backers.
The 8-5 post-time favorite Funnyoushouldask did close well to pick up the place, nearly four lengths clear of the rest of the field, headed by Soaring Dea, Applelina, Gossip Dome, CC Manor and Western Way. Swedish Goddess was scratched from the Foutz earlier in the day.
Summers and Telford earlier scored as a rider/trainer tandem in the fourth race when Ominous Sky rallied to beat Eveleth in a claiming sprint.
On the day, trainer Todd Fincher also picked up a pair of wins, saddling Roll Out The Band to win the seventh race, and Lady Riesling, who broke her maiden in the final race of the nine-race card.
WR Golden Eagle favored in Animas
Quarter horses will be the headline attraction of today's live racing program, which gets underway at 1:30 p.m.
The $35,000 Animas Quarter Horse Stakes, at 400 yards for 3-year-old shortliner fillies, is highlighted by WR Golden Eagle, winner of last year's West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park for local resident and owner Rose Webb.
The daughter of One Famous Eagle, trained by John Stinebaugh, has raced only once since last summer, a fifth place finish in a trial for the West Texas Derby, but has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Animas, which features a field of eight runners.
A two-time winner from five starts with earnings over $142,000, WR Golden Eagle is drawn in post No. 7 and slated to be ridden by Efrain Vigi.
WR Golden Eagle will likely face stiff challenges from Famous Edge Of Glory and jockey Sergio Becerra as well as Jess Sandy Jr and jockey Manuel Gutierrez.
Post time for the Animas, which will go as the eighth race on the card, is scheduled for 4:18 p.m.