'Blazin wins NM Breeders' Stakes
FARMINGTON — Blazin Version, coming off a maiden win in his first try at Sunray Park and Casino last month, parlayed that win into his first stakes win, pulling off an upset over heavily-favored Regal First Moon in Sunday's $50,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes.
Trained by Ken Grisham and ridden to victory by Martin Bourdieu, the 3-year-old popped the gate and led throughout the 400-yard dash, holding off the late rally of Regal First Moon and jockey Jesse Levario.
Owned by Hubaldo Solis, Blazin Version had to wait eight races before finally breaking his maiden here on July 3. He added his second career win and looked good doing it Sunday, coming off a half-length in front in a fast time of 19.71 seconds over a track that had been hit with heavy rains just minutes prior to the race.
He also added $30,000 to his career bankroll, padding his lifetime earnings to just under $80,000.
Regal First Moon was sent off as the 3-to-5 favorite despite having not raced since her win in the Sunburst Stakes on March 29 at Sunland Park in El Paso, Texas.
Trained by Ramon Rivera, Regal First Moon didn't break alertly, but closed well in the final 100 yards to just miss the win. She was left with too much to do after the break, and was a half-length clear of third place finisher La Estrella De Oro.
Completing the order of finish were Dungarees Version, First Power Flash, Americangunslinger and Officer Moonflash.
On the day, Bourdieu rode three winners. In addition to the win aboard Blazin Version, Bourdieu won the first race aboard Daisy Ducks for trainer Oscar Carrete, then scored again in the fourth race aboard Mysterious Storm for trainer Curt Ferguson.
The rider-trainer team of Irwin Rosendo and Bart Hone scored a pair of wins as well. In the third race, Coreloneconnection won impressively before the tandem struck again in the fifth race with Danes For Kamia.
What's on tap
Live racing resumes Tuesday with an all-thoroughbred card that starts at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at Sunray.
The featured race on the card is a $30,000 allowance race at six and a half furlongs.
The sprint, which is for 3-year-old fillies, features a field of seven, with Greg Green-trained Untraveled as the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite.
Untraveled crossed the wire three lengths ahead of her competition in the George Wafer Memorial Stakes at Arapahoe Park in Colorado on July 5, but was disqualified from purse monies after the race.
Her lifetime record shows three wins from eight career starts with earnings topping $79,000.
Untraveled is also entered for the $50,000 Aspen Cup at Ruidoso Downs.
The Aspen Cup, run at a distance of six furlongs, is scheduled for Saturday.
The 4-to-1 third choice on the board is Colinda Dawn, representing trainer Ty Garrett's barn.
The Idaho-bred daughter of Lucks Mine was a nine-length winner of the Colorado Derby last month and is looking for her fourth straight win for owner Eleanor Martin.
The allowance feature is the eighth race on a nine-race card and has a scheduled post time of 4:18 p.m.
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.