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‘Fancy Pants takes La Senora

Steve Bortstein
For The Daily Times

SUNLAND PARK – Winning for the second time in two career starts, Bryn’s Fancy Pants impressed, catching her stablemate Tilla Cat in the shadow of the wire to win Saturday’s $85,000 La Senora Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

In the middle of a driving snowstorm, Bryn's Fancy Pants and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. cross the wire first in Saturday's $85,000 La Senora Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in Sunland Park, N.M.

In the middle of a driving, blowing snowstorm, the Todd Fincher-trained daughter of Southwestern Heat rallied under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr., before wearing down Tilla Cat and jockey Ruby Gonzalez to win by a length.

The La Senora is for 2-year-old New Mexico-bred fillies.

Last month, Bryn’s Fancy Pants debuted at Zia Park in Hobbs and made a good first impression, breaking her maiden by 10 lengths.

“She’s got a lot of class,” Fincher said after the race. “Just the way we drew it up.”

Owned by Jon Hogg and Dale and Carey Taylor, Bryn’s Fancy Pants ran the six furlongs in 1:10.26 after being sent off as the 8-to-5 second choice.

Tilla Cat, also trained by Fincher, held on for second, well in front of third-place finisher Tipsy Tea with Miguel Fuentes Jr., aboard. Sunday Rose finishing fourth with jockey Ken Tohill.

Bryn’s Fancy Pants returned $5.20 to her winning backers.

Morning-line and post-time favorite Indian Tiva was fell back early in the running and never threatened under jockey Elvin Gonzalez.

Jrc Callas First headlines championship

When Jrc Callas First was named world champion quarter horse by the American Quarter Horse Association for his efforts in 2014, he could not count the Championship at Sunland among his victories.

The Texas-bred son of Winners Award tasted defeat only twice in 2014, including a fourth place finish in the Grade 1 event that traditionally wraps up the calendar year. Today, he’ll be looking to avenge that loss in the $350,000 race, in which he has been installed as the 2-to-1 morning-line favorite for owners Dana and Brian Stroud.

A 15-time winner from 24 career starts, Jrc Callas First is coming off a stirring win last time out in the Grade 1 Zia Park Championship on Nov. 25. Trained by Brain Stroud, Jrc Callas First may be in line for a second consecutive AQHA championship if he can pick up his fifth straight victory today.

Jrc Callas First is expected to break from post seven in the 10-horse field, with his regular pilot Damian Martinez on board.

The four-race win streak that Jrc Callas First is not the longest win streak on the line in the 400-yard Championship, which goes as the final race of a stakes-loaded program.

Zoomin Effortlessly, owned by Perrett Telesforo, will be looking for his sixth consecutive win when he goes to the post as the co-third choice on the morning line at odds of 5-to-1.

The 4-year-old Zoomin Effortlessly comes into the Championship off a rousing win in the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

An 11-time winner from 18 lifetime starts, Zoomin Effortlessly will break from post three in the Championship, his first career start at Sunland Park, and will be ridden by Santos Carrizales.

If you’re looking for a horse that actually has shown some success over the course, you may be looking to Jess Featureme Quick, a two-time winner and exacta partner three times in seven starts at Sunland.

The Paul Jones-trained horse most recently finished a neck behind Jrc Callas First at Zia Park last month, but has won nine times from 31 starts with earnings topping $662,000.

Salvador Martinez will have the mount aboard Jess Featureme Quick, listed at 6-to-1 on the morning line and will break from post five.

The combined field for the Championship possess earnings tops $3 million.

The Grade 1 Championship is scheduled to reach the starting gate at 4:10 p.m.

In addition to the Championship, Sunland Park will also feature two strong quarter horse stakes races, the $250,000 Winter Juvenile Championship, and the $85,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap.

The Juvenile Championship is headlined by multiple stakes winning Bv Midnite Express.

Bred in Oklahoma, BV Midnite Express won the All American Juvenile on Sept. 7 at Ruidoso Downs and the Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park in Oklahoma City last May.

An earner of nearly $660,000 in his seven-race career, Bv Midnite Express is the 5-to-2 morning-line favorite in the 400-yard Futurity.

The Winter Juvenile Championship is the eighth race on the card with a scheduled post time of 3:44 p.m.

The Wooten and Valentini Handicap, restricted for older New Mexico-bred fillies and mares is headlined by Astica, a five-time winner from six starts this year.

In her most recent start, the 3-year-old filly stumbled coming out of the gate and just missed the win, snapping her six-race win streak.

Owned by MJ Farms and trained by Jason Giles, Astica will break from post eight in the 400 yard dash, which will go as the seventh race on the card with a post time of 3:18 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