FARMINGTON — Jockey Martin Bourdieu had himself quite an afternoon at SunRay Park and Casino, winning six times from eight mounts, achieving a new track record.
Bourdieu, recently awarded the honor of top quarter horse rider at Arizona's Turf Paradise racing season, won with each of his first four mounts, then came back after two near-misses to score two more wins on the day.
The previous track record of five wins in one days is shared by jockeys Alejandro Medellin and Elvin Gonzalez.
Bourdieu scored in the first race aboard Charlotte's Saint ($6.40), a runaway 12 3/4 length winner for trainer Dan Dennison. He then came back to complete the early daily double with a narrow score aboard Emilio Cadena, Jr.-trained Color Of Kablooey ($4.60).
Bourdieu was just getting started. He won the third race aboard Aire Trickster ($5) for trainer Wes Giles, then came back in the fourth race to win aboard longshot Padrisimo ($32.40) for trainer Blake Rust.
Bourdieu's two losses on the day came in the fifth and sixth races, but he came right back in the seventh race with another win for Giles aboard Sky Bay ($19.80), followed by his final score on the day, aboard favored Feeling The Jump ($5) for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores in the eighth race on the card.
The new track record holder for most wins on a day at SunRay will be busy again today, scheduled to ride seven times on the card, three of those mounts are listed as morning-line favorites.
Famous Corona Lady fastest on Day 2
The second and final day of trials for the June 8 Ruidoso Futurity was highlighted by a romping score by the extremely promising Famous Corona Lady, who achieved the fastest time of the day in a three-length victory, running the 350 yards in a very quick 17.367 seconds.
A daughter of Corona Cartel, bred in Oklahoma and owned by Jon and Donna McPherson, Famous Corona Lady was easily the most impressive trial winner on the Friday card, which featured 12 more trials for the $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the first leg of the quarter horse Triple Crown.
Trained by Paul Jones and ridden to victory by Esgar Ramirez, Famous Corona Dash's effort was good enough to be one of the ten finalists for the Ruidoso Futurity. Joining her in the top five fastest qualifiers on the day were second race winner Jm Miracle (17.368 seconds), fourth race winner Flashy First Cartel (17.368), first race winner Penthouse Sweet (17.48) and fifth race winner Tempting Destiny (17.48).
Those five, along with Thursday's qualifiers Kiss My Hocks, JM Famous Master, Bodacious Eagle, Madmax and Separate Dynasty will be entered back in two weeks for the first leg in quarter horse racing's version of the Triple Crown.
Lady Genius looks to outsmart Oaks field
Lady Genius may not be invincible anymore, but she's clearly the one to beat today as she is likely to be the post-time favorite among a field of eight in the $45,000 Aztec Oaks, the featured event at SunRay Park and Casino.
Making her first start in 2014 after a superb 2-year-old campaign which included stakes wins at Sunland, Zia Park and SunRay, the new mexico-bred daughter of Quinton's Gold appears to be ready to claim her spot among the state's top sophomore fillies.
Lady Genius, owned by Mike and Bill Carlson and the Leach Racing Stables, won five times from eight starts as a 2-year-old, including scores in the Copper Top Futurity at Sunland and the Eddy County Stakes at Zia Park. Trained by Dallas Barton, she racked up earnings topping $270,000 while never finishing worse than second in her career.
Unraced since Dec. 15, when she was a well-beaten second in the one-mile Enchantress Stakes at Sunland Park, Lady Genius started her career with four straight wins, but won only once in her four most recent outings.
Slated to be ridden by her regular pilot Carlos Madeira, Lady Genius drew post 4 in the Aztec Oaks, which will go as the 8th race on a program that gets underway at 1:30 p.m.
The Aztec Oaks seems like a perfect spot for the return of Lady Genius, who will likely be using this race as a stepping stone for upcoming stakes races this summer at Ruidoso Downs. Listed as the 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line, Lady Genius has been training well for her return to the races and may have a tactical pace advantage if she proves ready for her comeback.
Trainer Joel Marr appears to have a formidable pair of rivals for Lady Genius in the Aztec Oaks, which is scheduled to go at 4:18 p.m.
Zasha, owned by Carson Donnell Echols, is coming off a win in the New Mexico Breeders' Oaks last time out on March 23 at Sunland Park. A daughter of Desert God, she was trying a route of ground for the first time in her career that day and scored a one-length win under Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez.
Listed as the co-second choice at 3-1 on the morning line, Zasha will break from post 3 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez, Jr., who piloted her to her maiden victory last December. The Aztec Oaks will be her first race at SunRay Park.
Happy N Harmony, also listed at 3-1, scored an impressive tally last time out in her local debut for owner Terry Adams, beating allowance runners in a seven-furlong sprint. Drawn in the 7 post, Happy N Harmony is scheduled to be ridden by Dusty Shepherd.