FARMINGTON — Having a perfect record over the course and being fastest out of the gate are two key ingredients to a winning quarter horse.
Maintaining both her unblemished mark at SunRay Park & Casino and racing gate-to-wire in quick order, Alis Jumpn earned her first career stakes win in Saturday's $35,000 La Plata Stakes in front of a crowd of more than 1,260 fans.
Making her third career start at SunRay a winning one, the 4-year-old Texas-bred filly by Jumpn broke smartly from her outside post under Martin Bourdieu, immediately getting the lead before holding off a belated rally from Kerrys Wave Carver to prevail by a half-length as the 17-to-10 favorite.
Trained by Ramon Gallegos for owner Pedro Carrillo, Alis Jumpn ran the 400 yards in a fast time of 19.420 seconds, picking up her seventh lifetime win from 11 starts.
"She broke real well for me," Bourdieu said after the race. "We got the jump on them, and she did all the work."
Alis Jumpn was bred by Don Apodaca and has now surpassed $110,000 in career earnings. Supporters of hers at the windows were rewarded with a $5.40 return on their investments for each $2 wager.
Kerrys Wave Carver, the second choice in the wagering at odds of 2.70-to-1, finished strongly under jockey Sergio Becerra Jr. to get the place, just a neck in front of Coyote James and jockey Raul Gutierrez.
Behind that one across the wire were Klassic Strawfly, The Devils Rainbow, Stockton Six, Motion Of The Ocean, Unashamed and DM Cruzin.
On the day, jockey Enrique Gomez booted home a pair of winners. The veteran rider scored in the sixth race aboard Js Lucky Charm for trainer Henry Dominguez. Gomez came right back to win the seventh race aboard Atticus' Ghost for trainer Drew Fulmer.
Live racing resumes today at SunRay Park & Casino with a first post time of 1:30 p.m.