Cassy Sue speeds clear in Budweiser
FARMINGTON — Making every pole a winning one, Cassy Sue sped to victory under leading rider Alfredo Juarez Jr., in Monday's $34,100 Budweiser Handicap at SunRay Park and Casino.
Owned by A and A Equine and EC Racing LLC, the 8-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Bluegrass Cat broke quickly from the gate, dueled for the lead with Tip Top Lady and Call Me Sandy, cut a tight corner into the lane and eventually drew clear for a near 3-length score, racing 4 1/2 furlongs in 50.83 seconds.
Trained by leading thoroughbred conditioner Justin Evans, Cassy Sue proved her affinity over the local course, where she has won three times from five starts. In her career, Cassy Sue has been victorious 16 times from 45 starts. Monday's win pads her lifetime bankroll to nearly $190,000.
The Budweiser Handicap score is Cassy Sue's second win this year. She beat allowance rivals at Sunland Park two starts back on March 15.
Sent off as the second wagering choice at odds of 5-to-2, Cassy Sue returned $7 to her winning backers.
Morning line and post-time favorite Untraveled stalked the early pace duel, but couldn't match strides with the winner in the lane, settling for second under Norberto Arroyo Jr.
Call Me Sandy and Tip Top Lady dropped back around the far turn and wound up settling for third and fourth, respectively.
Rounding out the order of finish were Hollywood Icon, Exposure and Popalicious.
Live racing resumes at SunRay Park and Casino on Friday, with a nine-race, all quarter horse program, which has a first post time of 3 p.m.
Friday's featured race, the $30,000-added Marathon Handicap, with Alsono listed as the 2-to-1 morning-line favorite, will go as the eighth race.
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.