Unfinished Biz looks for two in a row

Steve Bortstein
For The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Unfinished Biz, winner of the Animas Quarter Horse Stakes here on April 22, will look to win back-to-back stakes races when he joins a field of nine rivals in today's $30,000-added La Plata Stakes at SunRay Park and Casino.

Alis Jumpn, shown here winning the Balloon City Handicap on September 15 at the Downs at Albuquerque, is the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite in today's $35,600 La Plata Stakes at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington.

Owned by Bill and Susan Nice, the Texas-bred son of Captain Courage sprung a 16-to-1 upset here when he narrowly prevailed over heavily favored Rg Miracle in the Animas Stakes.

Scheduled to be ridden once again by Sergio Dominguez, Unfinished Biz will break from post 7 and will likely be a long shot on the toteboard, installed at 8-to-1 on the morning line for the 300-yard La Plata, which is a full 100 yards shorter than his most previous winning distance.

Unfinished Biz has been one of several winners this season at SunRay for the soft-spoken Reynolds, who has put together quite a campaign here in the first 10 days of racing. He's saddled winners in both the quarter horse and thoroughbred ranks this season.

One of several contenders Unfinished Biz will have to deal with in the La Plata, which has a scheduled post time of 4:03 p.m., is the morning-line favorite  Alis Jumpn.

A 12-time winner and earner of more than $273,000 in her 26-race career, the Texas-bred daughter of Jumpn will try to end a five-race losing break, which dates back to last October.

Her most recent win, which occurred on Sept. 15 at the Downs at Albuquerque in the Balloon City Handicap, was part of an exceptional 2015 that saw the 6-year-old mare hit the board in seven of eight starts.

Owned by Eloy Humberto Pena and trained by Adam Tapia, Alis Jumpn has won four times from five starts at SunRay Park and has never finished worse than second. She will break from post 9 and is scheduled to be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

The La Plata will go as the featured eighth race on a nine-race card, which has a scheduled first post of 1:15 p.m.

Perhaps the horse to beat in the La Plata will be red-hot shipper Stick Shift Sc, a winner of six consecutive races dating back to April 2014.

The lightly raced, 8-year-old California-bred son of Get Down Perry has wins at Sunland Park and Zia Park, but most recently has won three in a row at Hialeah Park in southern Florida, including the Lucky Loser Stakes on Feb. 28.

Trained by Carolina Gaytan and slated to be ridden by Jaime Leos, Stick Shift Sc will make his local debut when he breaks from the inside post position in the La Plata as the 4-to-1 second choice.

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.