Zoomin Away scores at Sunray Park and Casino
FARMINGTON — Zoomin Away, ridden by Alejandro Medellin, did just that in Friday's allowance feature at Sunray Park and Casino.
Trained by Ernest Fennell, who picked up his second win from as many starts at the current meet, Zoomin Away popped away from the starting gate and held off the rally of Pretty Woody Jesse on her way to a one-length victory in front of more than 1000 fans.
Zoomin Away, a 7-year-old owned by the 21 Partnership, picked up her 10th lifetime win from 46 starts, while also giving Medellin his second win of the day.
Sent off as the fourth wagering choice at odds of 5.20-to-1, Zoomin Away raced 400 yards in 19.65 seconds, handing Pretty Woody Jesse her first loss in three career starts at Sunray.
Zoomin Away has won four times from five starts over the local course.
Medellin, who won earlier on Friday aboard First Moon Fire for trainer Lonnie Vaugh, picked up his tenth riding win this season. Fennell, who will send out Rebbeca Quick next weekend in the $100,000 Four Corners Futurity, has done well with just a few starters during the current season at Sunray.
Zoomin Away returned $12.40 to her backers, while picking up $14,400 for her connections, increasing her lifetime earnings to more than $154,000.
Pretty Woody Jesse was nearly a length clear of third place finisher Ramblin Mountain. Post-time favorite Dozer was never a threat, finishing fourth as the 9-to-10 betting choice.
Behind Dozer was Hardhitting Sawyer, Monkey Lion and Klassic Strawfly.
Live racing continues today at Sunray Park and Casino with a nine-race mixed program set to begin at 1:30 p.m.
The featured event on today's card is a $24,800 allowance/optional claiming race for older New Mexico-bred thoroughbreds racing six-and-a-half furlongs.
The 2-to-1 morning-line favorite in the featured eighth race is Desert Jack, coming off a most recent win in the $45,000 Jack Cole Handicap here last month.
Trained by Justin Evans — the current leading conditioner at Sunray Park — and scheduled to be ridden again by Frank Reyes, Desert Jack has won 12 times from 38 starts, including two wins from three starts over the local course.
The eighth race on the card has a scheduled post time of 4:18 p.m.
Plays of the day
Each day during the current racing season, Sunray Park track announcer Eric Alwan and paddock show host Steve Bortstein offer their best bets for that day's program.
Alwan's best bet comes in the eighth race, where he likes No. 3 Desert Jack, who's looking for his fourth straight win.
Bortstein's best bet comes in the fifth race, where he likes No. 2 Lee's Gold, who is also trained by Evans. He is looking to become the first three-time winner this season and attracts this trainer's go-to rider Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Follow him @fox1340am on Twitter.