Plenty of action in final days of season
FARMINGTON — There are going to be a lot of buzzwords floating around these final four days of racing at SunRay Park and Casino.
Words like "champion," and phrases like "getaway day" and "last chance."
These final four days of racing - which conclude with a phenomenal program on Tuesday - are going to create a diverse range of handicapping puzzles that can potentially result in big paydays for many horseplayers,
For horsemen, these final days provide an opportunity to look ahead to the start of the fall season at the Downs at Albuquerque, or even further away at Zia Park in Hobbs.
Whatever your delight is, horseman or horseplayer, you have exactly 38 more races to state your claim to whatever you need before Sunray's 2015 season comes to an end.
Unofficial numbers are good for on-track attendance and handle this season. The locals have definitely come out this season, and they've shown their support with an increase in on-track wagering.
And for good reason.
The Super High Five Jackpot, which was started this season, has taken shape as an attractive option, particularly on a day like today where the carryover pool for the ninth-race wager has swelled to over $2700.
Today's Super High Five Jackpot is another puzzler. State-bred maidens are racing 350 yards and a full field of 10 is set to go.
The featured event on today's 10-race program is the seventh race, where Lonnie Vaughn's Famous Edge of Glory is attempting to turn back in distance to a four-yard dash off a pair of third-place finishes at 870 yards.
The Texas-bred son of One Famous Eagle didn't run badly in his last couple starts, but had the misfortune of hooking up with a classy Alsono.
Most recently, Famous Edge of Glory was beaten a little more than four lengths by Alsono here in the Marathon Handicap. Today, turning back to what might be his preferred distance, he could be sitting on a big effort in this allowance sprint worth a purse of $24,000.
Famous Edge of Glory will break from post 3 in the eight-horse field with jockey Jose Ruiz scheduled to take the call.
The main rival to the morning-line favorite will likely be Pretty Woody Jesse, winner of last year's New Mexico Breeders' Futurity over this course and hailing from the barn of this season's leading quarter horse trainer Ken Grisham.
Pretty Woody Jesse, the third choice on the morning line, ran well in her comeback start here July 31, finishing second and beaten a length by Zoomin Away. The daughter of Jesse James Jr., should be in the thick of things again if she improves at all off that most recent outing.
First post time for today's card is 3 p.m., with the featured seventh race set to go postward at 5:24 p.m. The Super High Five Jackpot race will go at approximately 6:12 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.