FARMINGTON— The final four days of the 2014 live-racing season at SunRay Park and Casino will give racing fans plenty of opportunities to see some of the top horses from around New Mexico and the country.
With the closing-day featured $75,000 San Juan County Commissioner's Handicap headlining the closing weekend on Sunday, which features an attractive showdown between Isn't He Clever and Forest Mouse, the stakes action begins with a field of eight state-bred juvenile thoroughbreds in the $45,000 Totah Stakes.
Trainer Todd Fincher, who sent out the 1-2 finishers in the C.O. Kendrick Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies last weekend, will be well represented again in the Totah with two runners coming off a pair of solid performances in their last starts.
Born A Ruler ran second in his most recent start at Ruidoso Downs on May 29, showing speed from the rail before succumbing to eventual winner, Lux, at the same 4 1-2 furlong distance of today's Totah Stakes. The first post time is set at 1:30 p.m. and Born A Ruler will run in the eighth race.
A gelded son of Nacimiento, Born A Ruler will break from post six under jockey Aldo Arboleda. Born A Ruler is listed as the fourth choice on the morning line at 9-to-2 odds.
Fincher will also send out You've Been Duped, who finished sixth in his career debut at Sunland Park on April 8. Ruby Gonzalez will jockey You've Been Duped, a gelded son of Diabolical, who will break from post position four. The duo are listed as the third choice on the morning line at odds of 7-to-2.
Uncle Fudge will arrive at the starting gate for the Totah as the morning line favorite for trainer Jose Vargas. A pair of in-the-money efforts in two starts at Sunland Park last spring, including a second-place finish in the Copper Top Futurity, could propel him to a strong effort from his inside post position.
A gelded son of Premeditation, Uncle Fudge was no threat to Copper Top Futurity winner Raider Red and will need to do his best running from off the pace. But Uncle Fudge has worked well for his third lifetime start and Carlos Madeira, who guided him to a third-place finish in his career debut on March 18, will ride him again.
Copper Top Futurity third-place finisher Maries H and H is deserving of recognition as well. for trainer Fred Danley.
Trainer Fred Danley has Maries H and H, a gelded son of High Octane, at second choice on the morning line at 3-to-1 odds after running second in his career debut. Alfredo Juarez Jr. will ride Maries H and H, who will break from post position three in the Totah. The race has a scheduled post time of 4:18 p.m.