FARMINGTON — The past six race days at SunRay Park and Casino have been quite a goldmine for jockey Martin Bourdieu.
Dating back to May 23, one of the leading quarter horse riders in the Southwest has been dominant on both short liners and thoroughbreds, winning 16 times in his last 38 mounts.
From a pure numbers standpoint, that's a 42 percent win rate over the past six days of live racing.
Add in another nine appearances in either second or third during this time frame and Bourdieu has been an essential must-use for both horsemen looking for a hot jockey, and horseplayers looking for the same thing.
It would be wise to consider those numbers when looking at Miracle Snow, one of many contenders in a wide-open edition of today's $45,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes, which goes as the fourth race on a strong racing program with a first post time of 1:30 p.m.
Miracle Snow, trained by Wes Giles, listed at 10-to-1 on the morning line and drawn in the outside post in the 8-horse field, will be looking to end a four-race losing streak in the Drake, restricted to New Mexico-bred quarter horses, which is contested at 400 yards.
Miracle Snow, a 10-year-old state-bred gelding by Dean Miracle owned by Melvin Neugebauer, brings an exceptional record both over the local layout and the distance, having won four times from 14 races at SunRay and owning seven wins from 31 starts at this trip.
A lifetime earner of over $623,000, Miracle Snow may be the old man in the field, owning more than twice as many lifetime starts than each of his seven rivals in the Drake, but he is as much a player in the race considering all the angles he has in his favor.
Sandys Jesse, the 5-to-2 morning line favorite and drawn right next door to Miracle Snow in the 7 post, hasn't won a race in more than a year and has been somewhat unreliable as a short price at the windows.
Four of Sandys Jesse's most recent losses in her current eight-race losing streak have come at odds below 3-to-1, and twice as an odds-on favorite, including her last outing April 27, in the Four Corners Senora Stakes when she was eliminated at the break, finishing seventh as the 8-to-10 favorite.
Tanner Thedford will be aboard Sandys Jesse in the Drake, which has a scheduled post time of 2:42 p.m.
WDC Wendys Wine, the second choice on the morning line, is another horse riding a losing streak that dates back more than a year. The daughter of Woodbridge has four wins from 24 career starts, but is winless in seven starts at this trip and winless in three starts at SunRay.
There is no shortage of intriguing storylines in the Drake Stakes, including Jess Reuben James, trying to snap a five-race losing streak, but has never missed the board in five starts over the course.
The gelded son of Jesse James Jr. was a near-miss second last time out against allowance company, finishing just a neck behind King Of Pop, a multiple winner including an upset win at last year's New Mexico Breeders' Futurity.
Esgar Ramirez will ride Jess Reuben James and is listed as the fourth choice on the morning line at odds of 9-to-2 for trainer Jaime Aldavaz.
The field, from the rail out for the Drake, with riders and morning line odds: My Big Chief, Adrian Ramos, 8-to-1; Balderinas Fame CR, Sergio Becerra, Jr., 12-to-1; WDC Wendys Wine, Adam Martinez, 3-to-1; Jess Reuben James, Ramirez, 9-to-2; Rex Hill, Manuel Gutierrez, 7-to-2; Corona Southern Form, J.D. Ruiz, 20-to-1; Sandys Jesse, Thedford, 5-to-2 and Miracle Snow, Bourdieu, 10-to-1.