Slew by You surged late to take an upset win in the 41st running of the rich $252,796 Shue Fly at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Trained by the talented Juan M. Gonzalez, Slew by You won the most important race of her young career and extended her win streak to three races. The 9-1 long shot called upon all her strength to close in the final 100 yards and defeat Taleas Liberty by a nose at the wire.
With 2-time All American Futurity winning rider Ramon Sanchez, Slew by You gained the prestigious win in the New Mexico-bred feature for the Valle Guadiana Corporation of El Paso, Texas. The three-year-old Dash Ta Fame filly collected a $118,814 paycheck for her connections. She beat an outstanding field in a tight finish going 400 yards. The winning time was 19.345 second through some very cold conditions. The winner paid $20.40 on a $2 win ticket.
Since breaking her maiden at Zia Park in her fifth career start, Slew by You has turned the corner and risen to the top of her division. Juan M. Gonzalez deserves much of the credit for her success. Gonzalez is a 5-time winner of the Shue Fly and leads one of the more powerful divisions of New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses every year.
42 -1 long shot Taleas Liberty ran the race of her life and just missed with jockey Oscar Rincon in the saddle. The maiden came within a breath of taking the Shue Fly. The Jesse James Jr. filly led with 50 yards to go. The runner-up earned $45,503 for owner Eusebio Sanchez of Berino, New Mexico. Taleas Liberty sparked a lucrative $1 exacta to pay $302.10.
An Absolut Diamond, the top qualifier from Mike Joiner, found his best strides too late and finished third. The Ketel Won gelding was only beaten by a neck with jockey G.R. Carter in the saddle. The 2-1 favorite One Blazin Kimbo finished a close fourth followed. Krazy Good was a nose back in fifth.
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:25 p.m. The $50,000 Winsham Lad Stakes (10th race) at one mile and 70 yards is the main event. Zia Park Distance Championship winner Forest Mouse is one of the leading contenders.