'Boom lowered on Breeders' Futurity field
FARMINGTON — Earning his first career win and picking up the lion's share of the purse in the richest race of the current live season of racing at SunRay Park and Casino, Hubaldo Solis' A Super Sonic Boom scored a mild upset win in the $101,680 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity.
The veteran conditioner, who now owns back-to-back wins in the Futurity, appears well on his way to also defending his title of leading quarter horse trainer of the current racing season as the meet approaches the halfway point.
A Super Sonic Boom, ridden by Jaime Leos, broke fast from his outside post and crossed over in front of his rivals early in the 350-yard dash. The son of Big Daddy Cartel — winless in his first two starts — dueled with eventual runner-up Frost Dalena and Grisham stablemate Genuine High. The top pair were separated by a neck, with Grisham's top two starters running first and third.
A Super Sonic Boom, owned and bred by Solis, was fourth in his trial heat here on April 29 when breaking from the rail. The trial race he exited was the fastest of the four held here last month, won by Hard Not To Sing.
"He broke a bit bad in that trial, so our confidence in him running well today was pretty high," Grisham said.
Leos, who has brought home seven winners in the last three days of racing at SunRay, kept A Super Sonic Boom to task throughout the length of the stretch, crossing the wire in a final time of 17.55 seconds. He was sent off as the fifth choice in the wagering at odds of 6.60-to-1.
A Super Sonic Boom returned $15.20 to his winning investors while also earning over $61,000 to his winning connections.
Frost Dalena, ridden by Alejandro Medellin for trainer Fernando Velasquez , broke smartly from her inside post and just missed in a solid effort, just a neck ahead of My Moon Crest with Martin Felix aboard.
Hard Not To Sing, who came into the Futurity as the race's fastest qualifier, was sent off as the second betting choice and had no real excuse finishing sixth under jockey Daniel Amaya.
Kg Miracle, the third runner from the Grisham barn and the post-time favorite at odds of 3.40-to-1, was never a factor and beat only two to the wire in the 10-horse Futurity field.
Kendrick Memorial highlights Monday's card
A field of eight statebred juvenile thoroughbred fillies, headlined by Davis and Lisa Moore's Roll On Marquee, will face the starter in Monday's $44,800 C.O. Ken Kendrick Memorial at SunRay Park and Casino.
Trained by Vance Mikkelson, Roll On Marquee comes off a hard-fought narrow maiden victory at Sunland Park on April 30 in her career debut. Bred in New Mexico, the daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll is slated to be ridden by Alejandro Medellin and drew the outside post in the 4 1-2 furlong stakes race.
Roll On Marquee has been established as the 5-to-2 morning line-favorite for the Kendrick, which will go as the eighth race of a nine-race card that has a first post time of 3 p.m.
Trainer Todd Fincher has a strong hand in the Kendrick, which has a scheduled post time of 5:48 p.m., as he is scheduled to saddle three horses, including morning-line second choice A Kiss For Mom.
Owned by Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks, A Kiss For Mom was no match for Roll On Marquee when they faced each other in that April 30 start, finishing sixth that day, beaten nearly 8 lengths by the winner.
Fincher, who has excelled with 2-year-olds in recent years on this circuit, will likely have A Kiss For Mom cranked a lot tighter for her second career start. She is slated to be ridden by Ry Eikleberry and will break from the inside post for the Kendrick.
Fincher will also be saddling Rock N Roll Me as well as Vocally, who will be making her career debut in the Kendrick.
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.