'McQueen benefits from rare double DQ
FARMINGTON — Speed McQueen didn't actually win for the second time in his seven-race career on Friday at SunRay Park and Casino.
The record will reflect, however, that the Colorado-bred son of Dashair did pick up the winner's share of the $22,100 allowance purse in Friday's featured race.
Ridden by Hector Aldrete, Speed McQueen finished third across the wire, but was vaulted to the win after both the winner and second-place finishers were disqualified for separate incidents in the 400 yard dash.
Shortly after the start, Nmoceanproperty, breaking from post position nine, came over and impeded his several runners. Nmoceanproperty, ridden by Ruben Calderon, crossed the wire first, but was disqualified for his actions.
Meanwhile, the original runner-up, Mr Royal and Rare, also caused his share of issues. Mr. Royal and Rare came over onto the path of his nearest rival twice down the stretch, causing the SunRay stewards to order a rare double disqualification. The decision moved Speed McQueen into the spot of the winner.
Speed McQueen, owned by Jorge Carrillo, picked up his first win since a maiden score at Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa, Okla. The win increases his lifetime earnings to over $19,000. Sent off as the fourth choice in the wagering at odds of 4.90-to-1, Speed McQueen returned $11.80 to his fortunate backers.
The time of the race for the original winner, Nmoceanfrontproperrty, was 19.69 seconds.
WHAT'S ON TAP
A strong, 10-race live card at SunRay Park today features a collection of both quarter horse and thoroughbred races.
In addition, the second day of trial races for the $3 million All American Futurity get underway this morning at Ruidoso Downs.
The five fastest qualifiers from today's 17 trial heats will be paired up with the five fastest qualifiers from Friday. From there, those horses will compete for the lion's share of the richest quarter horse in the world, which is held annually on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.
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 on that day's program.
Alwan's best bet comes in the third race, where he likes No. 5 Hotdoggin Deputy, coming off a convincing win last time out at an 870-yard distance over which he appears to thrive.
Bortstein's best bet comes in the second race, where he likes No. 6 Ugo Igo, who ran too well to lose last time out despite breaking from a negative inside post. He's spotted right back at the same class level and should be forwardly placed throughout.
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.