Untraveled looms large in Budweiser Handicap

Steve Bortstein
Special to The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Multiple stakes winner Untraveled, trained by Greg Green, leads a field of seven older fillies and mares in today's $30,0000-added Budweiser Stakes at SunRay Park and Casino.

Untraveled, shown here winning her most recent start on April 5 at Sunland Park with jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., aboard, is the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite in today's $30,000-added Budweiser Handicap at SunRay Park and Casino.

A five-time winner from 13 career starts, Untraveled will make her local debut in the 4 1-2 furlong Budweiser Stakes, but the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Canadian Frontier is no stranger to winning races in multiple venues.

Owned in part by the trainer as well as Darwin Green and Jeff Anderson, Untraveled has won races across the southwest, with stakes triumphs at Albuquerque Downs and Arapahoe Park in Colorado. She comes into the Budweiser off an emphatic, three-length score last time out on April 5 over her favorite course, Sunland Park, where she has won three times in her career.

Untraveled has earnings topping $131,000 for her connections and will break from the inside post under journeyman jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., who rode her to victory in her most recent start.

Untraveled has been installed as the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite in the Budweiser, which will go as the sixth race on the card, and has a first post time of 3 p.m.

Trainer Justin Evans, already at the top of the standings in the thoroughbred trainers division at SunRay, will be represented by two runners in the Budweiser, including Exposure, the co-second choice on the morning line.

The Kentucky-bred, 4-year-old filly by Colonel John will also be making her local debut in this spot. Owned by Go-To-Toga Racing  LLC, as well as Bill and Susan Tomasic, Exposure finished third in her most recent race at Sunland. She sped off to the lead before tiring late, going 6 furlongs. Turning back in distance for the Budweiser may make her a bit more dangerous with her early speed.

Listed at 7-to-2 on the morning line, along with the Jose Silva-trained Tip Top Lady, Exposure is scheduled to be ridden by Ry Eikleberry and will break from post 3 in the field.

Evans also sends out Cassy Sue, the only horse in the field with multiple wins over the course. Cassy Sue comes off a fourth-place effort behind Untraveled in her most recent start on April 5, but she has won twice at SunRay Park in her career, one in which she's collected 15 wins from 44 starts.

Cassy Sue breaks from the 4 post and is scheduled to be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Post time for the Budweiser is scheduled for 5 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.