‘Winedrinker scores in Curribot Handicap
SUNLAND PARK — Trainer Joel Marr has had quite the weekend at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
The veteran trainer, who saddled both the winner and second-place finisher Saturday in the Peppers Pride Handicap, returned to the winners circle yet again on Sunday with Ol Winedrinker Who, who pulled clear in deep stretch to win the $85,000 Curribot Handicap under Ken Tohill.
Sent off as the second choice on the toteboard at odds of 2.60-to-1, Ol Winedrinker Who rallied from far off the early pace, took the lead away from Pain and Misery inside the final sixteenth of a mile and pulled clear to win by two 1-2 lengths.
Ol Winedrinker Who, a seven-year-old Texas-bred gelding by Sligo Bay, won for the 13th time in his 37-race career, earning more than $50,000 for owners Sam and Sammy Stevens. The victory padded his career bankroll to over $725,000.
Returning $7.20 to his winning backers, Ol Winedrinker Who stopped the timer in one minutes and 42.41 seconds for the 1 1-16 mile journey.
Streaks Bro finished well to run second, ahead of post-time favorite Pain and Misery, with Smack Ridge rounding out the top four finishers.
‘Monster roars in Budweiser
Dirt Monster absolutely annihilated his competition, impressively drawing away in the stretch to post a four-length victory in the $75,000 Budweiser Stakes under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Trained by Justin Evans and owned by the Teed Off Stables, Dirt Monster raced a few lengths behind dueling leaders Forin Sea and Redneck Humor for the first half mile, which went in a blistering 44.14 seconds.
Midway around the far turn, Juarez and Dirt Monster drew even with the leading pair and quickly put them away as he straightened for home.
Dirt Monster, a four-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Line of David, was sent off as the 6-to-5 favorite. He easily pulled clear, hitting the finish line in a fast final time of 1:07.9 seconds, which was just three-tenths of a second off the course record.
Forin Sea finished well in deep stretch with Ricardo Jaime aboard to hold the place position. Forest Mouse finished third, ahead of Franklyenergized, Redneck Humor, Mail and Stepsun.
Dirt Monster, a six-time winner from 15 lifetime starts, pads his career bankroll to just over $285,000 and returned $4.40 to his winning backers.
Teana Fay shines in NMHBA Stakes
The three-year-old filly Teana Fay may never receive the same accolades of the Hollwood celebrity for whom she is named after, but on this day, the filly reigned supreme in the $85,000 New Mexico Horseman’s and Breeders’ Association Stakes.
Posting a minor upset in the 400-yard dash, the Juan Gonzalez-trained daughter of Winners Version broke alertly under L. Salvador Martinez from her outside post. She then dueled for the lead through the length with runner-up Princess Jesse and narrowly prevailed by a head in a driving finish.
Sent off at odds of 7.20-to-1, Teana Fay won for just the second time in her 11-race career. Her only other score occurred last May when she won a Futurity trial at Ruidoso Downs. Her victory on Sunday ended a seven-race losing streak.
Teana Fay is owned by Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez.
The winner ran the 400 yards in a final time of 19.73 seconds and returned $16.40 to her winning backers.
Princess Jesse ran too well to lose for trainer Eric Mikkelson and jockey Alejandro Medellin. She broke sharp just to the inside of the eventual winner, had the lead midway down the lane and just weakened approaching the wire.
She was followed across the wire by Sic Em Sixes and Carson City Girl, with Frank N Jesse, Dm Nate Dog, Sierra Royal Bunny, My Mojito, Sensual Queen and Dm Little B bringing up the rear.
Carson City Girl, the post-time favorite for trainer Fred Danley, was a bit slow into stride and never threatened for the win.
Racing resumes at Sunland Park on Tuesday, with four stakes races headlining a nine-race card that begins at 1:30 p.m.
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