FARMINGTON — Trainer Todd Fincher sent out three horses in Tuesday's featured $45,000 C.O. Ken Kendrick Memorial Stakes at SunRay Park and Casino.
Led by Missing Reba, who posted a convincing score under jockey Aldo Arboleda and stablemate Be My Angel with jockey Ruby Gonzalez finishing second, it was a pretty good afternoon for Fincher.
Missing Reba, a 2-year-old filly by Diabolical, dueled for the early lead down the backstretch with her stablemate just to her inside. As the top pair hit the top of the lane, Missing Reba began to inch clear winding up winning by two lengths in a moderate final time of 52.95 seconds for the four and a half furlongs.
Owned by Linda Hunter, Missing Reba has now posted two straight wins since arriving at SunRay Park and Casino. She broke her maiden in her second career start last month and was brought back fairly quick for this race, restricted to New Mexico-bred juvenile fillies.
Sent off as the fourth choice in the wagering at odds of 4.80-1, Missing Reba validated the trainer's belief in bringing her back so quickly.
"They're both pretty good fillies," Fincher said after the race, referring to both the winner and runner-up. "(Missing Reba) just kept finding a little bit more late in the race."
Miss BRH, recent longshot winner of the Copper Top Futurity at Sunland Park for trainer Fred Danley, finished third under jockey Alfredo Juarez, Jr., more than a length clear of Storming Who, Fincher's third starter in the Kendrick and the 2.10-1 post-time favorite with jockey Dusty Shepherd.
"I'd have liked to have run 1-2-3," Fincher quipped in the winner's circle. "But these are all pretty good horses, and they all ran well."
The win in the Kendrick added $27,000 to Missing Reba's career bankroll, which now stands at nearly $36,000. Her winning backers at the windows were rewarded with a payoff of $11.60.
Behind Storming Who across the wire were I Am Dandy, Emmie B Who, Humarumba and Zuellas Heat. Gone Gem Dandy was scratched earlier in the day.
On the day, Arboleda rode three winners, including the score aboard Missing Reba. Arboleda also rode fifth race winner Walks Like Brando and ninth race winner Enuff Bull.
Juarez and trainer Dan Dennison teamed up for a pair of winners on the Tuesday program. They won the third race with Currently Krazy and the fourth race with Nuttin But Money.
Live racing resumes Friday at SunRay Park and Casino. The racing season has only seven more race dates before the meet ends on Sun., June 22. First post each day is 1:30 p.m.