SUNLAND PARK — Owner/trainer Barbara Brown’s Indian Tiva will likely be sent off as the short-priced favorite when she arrives at the gate for Saturday’s $85,000 La Senora Stakes here.
The featured event on Saturday’s nine-race program is one of four stakes races being held on the final weekend of the 2015 calendar year, which includes Sunday’s stakes-heavy card, highlighted by the $350,000 championship at Sunland.
Indian Tiva has won three times from six starts, with stakes victories in the New Mexico Classic Cup Lassie Stakes at Zia Park on Nov. 1 and the Permian Basin Stakes at the Downs at Albuquerque on Oct. 12.
A two-year-old daughter of Shame On Charlie, Indian Tiva has earned nearly $162,000 and will once again be ridden by Elvin Gonzalez, who has been on board in each of her career outings.
Indian Tiva will break from post position 2 in the La Senora Stakes, which has a scheduled post time of 4:10 p.m.
Six rivals will face line up alongside Indian Tiva in the starting gate for the La Senora, most notably Bryn’s Fancy Pants, a romping maiden winner in her career debut last month at Zia Park.
The second choice on the morning line at odds of 5-to-2, Bryn’s Fancy Pants is owned by Jon Hogg along with Dale and Carey Taylor. The daughter of Southwestern Heat broke her maiden by 10 lengths under rider Alfredo Juarez Jr., who will be back aboard again Saturday.
Trained by Todd Fincher, who is winning at nearly a 20 percent clip this year, Bryn’s Fancy Pants will break from the far outside post in the La Senora, restricted to New Mexico-bred two-year-old fillies.
Another major contender in the La Senora Stakes is Dust Alert. Unbeaten in three lifetime starts for trainer Weston Martin, Dust Alert hasn't raced since winning the Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity last July at Ruidoso Downs.
Owned by Larry and Harry Teague, the daughter of Right Rigger is drawn in post position 3. She will be ridden for the first time by last season’s defending leading thoroughbred jockey Ry Eikleberry, who is already looking for his third stakes winning mount this season.
Sunday, a trio of quarter-horse stakes races will be featured at Sunland Park.
Last year’s world champion older quarter horse Jrc Callas First, a 15-time winner from 24 career starts, is the 2-to-1 morning line favorite for the championship. That will be the ninth race on Sunday’s card.
Jrc Callas First will likely be challenged by Zoomin Effortlessly, a winner of five straight races, including the Grade 1 Refrigerator Stakes on Oct. 3 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Also on the Sunday card will be the $250,000 Winter Juvenile Championship, as well as the $85,000 Lou Wooten & Sydney Valentini Handicap.
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