A Fancy La Jolla wins in Futurity
FARMINGTON — Jockey Daniel Amaya, in the final days of a strong season of racing at SunRay Park and Casino, had a lot to celebrate today.
In the midst of Father's Day celebrations, the journeyman rider not only enjoyed his mother's birthday, but also got the chance to celebrate after winning aboard mild long shot A Fancy La Jolla in today's $81,549 Four Corners Futurity.
The 2-year-old New Mexico-bred daughter of Fantastic Corona Jr. broke fast from the gate, drifted in substantially when clear of her rivals, and kept on going, winning by 1 3-4 lengths over post-time favorite White Russsian, racing the 350 yards in a fast final time of 17.23 seconds.
Amaya was aboard A Fancy La Jolla for the second time in her three-race career. He rode the filly when she finished a close second in her trial race here earlier this month. Trainer Jaime Aldavaz was confident in her ability coming out of the trial race.
"She showed me a lot in that race, and I was happy with the way she was coming into the race," Aldavaz said.
A two-time winner over the course this season, A Fancy La Jolla broke her maiden here May 7. Owned by Currie Maben, A Fancy La Jolla was sent off as the fourth choice in the wagering at odds of 6.40-to-1, returning $14.80 to her winning backers.
The win improved A Fancy La Jolla's earnings to over $47,200.
White Russsian, the fastest qualifier for the Futurity and sent off as the 6-to-5 favorite for trainer Javier Roman Jr. and jockey Alonso Rivera, was simply no match for the winner, but still ran a winning race, finishing more than a length clear of third-place finisher Eaglelistic and jockey Jose Enriquez.
Behind Eaglelstic across the wire, officially, were Fdd Ming Dynasty, Wiplash, Robi James, Kinda Hi, Bf Chasing Foose, Pee Bee N James and Rgr Fastlane To Fame.
After a review by the track stewards, Rgr Fastlane Ta Fame, ridden by John Valenzuela, was disqualified from fifth and placed last after causing interference shortly after the start.
Monday's live racing card marks the final day of the current racing season. The all-thoroughbred card has a first post time of 1:15 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.