Sunland Park, N.M. - Rose Webb’s WR Golden Eagle stretched out at the wire to take a head victory in the 55th running of the $284,461 West Texas Futurity (Grade 1) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
The royally bred two-year-old daughter of One Famous Eagle broke perfectly in the finals unlike her slow start in the trials. Jockey Freddie Martinez directed her down the middle part of the track racing in second place, close behind stable mate Dynasty Edition. In deep stretch, Wr Golden Eagle hit another gear and flew home. With a strong burst of speed, the freshman filly overpowered both Anna Delovely and Dynasty Edition to break her maiden in the prestigious feature race. The 4-1 shot proved best for trainer Roy Marcom, Jr. coming off a fast closing second place in the trials.
Wr Golden Eagle, out of the blue chip mare Wr Red Ace (also owned by Webb), put it all together on Sunday to take the first place check of $133,697. Rose Webb is a long-time prominent race horse owner from Farmington, New Mexico. The winner was timed in a fast 14.862 seconds for the 300 yards, earning a 94 speed index. A $2 win ticket on Wr Golden Eagle paid $10.20.
Winning jockey Freddie Martinez said in the winner’s circle, “We knew she had a lot of talent. She made up a ton of ground in the trials, so that helped with my confidence. Today, she focused well out of the gate and had no excuses. She has a big run.”
Marcom trained runners finished first, second and third. Anna Delovely ran a bold ran to finish second under jockey Bonifacio Perez. The Furyofthewind filly rallied boldly on the outside but could not eclipse the winner. The runner-up earned a hefty $51,203 for owners Barbara Chase and Vanessa Barto of El Paso, Texas. Top qualifier Dynasty Edition finished a close third after leading briefly. She and jockey Roberto Valero were only beaten a half-length. The Fdd Dynasty filly earned $31,291 for the Dutch Masters III of Clinton, Mo.
Three Wild Dreams, Dashin Little Guy, Pouring Rain, Paint Me a Winner and Armooni B rounded out the order of finish. Hot Tottie was a late scratch at the gate. Dashin Little Guy raced as the 8-5 favorite.
Forest Mouse, the most dominant handicap horse in New Mexico, once again showed his class by strolling home a definitive winner in the 54th running of the $75,000 Sunland Park Handicap at 1 and 1/8 miles. Under leading jockey Ry Eikleberry, Forest Mouse proved 2 and 1/2 lengths better than rival Red Lead while toting 127 pounds and sped through the distance in a quick 1:49.09. The Henry Dominguez trained sensation has won now won the Winsham Lad Handicap, Zia Park Distance Championship and San Juan County Commissioner’s Handicap in less than 10 months.
Eikleberry said in the winner’s circle, “He settled real well, I knew the #3 horse (Red Lead) was the one to beat, so I made an early move on him. It helped that I knew I was on the best horse.”
The big 3-5 favorite was coming off courageous effort fifth place effort in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Stakes over the turf at Santa Anita. The five-year-old Teton Forest stallion owns 13 wins from 31 career starts. He has earned nearly $500,000 for owner Parnell Thomas of Montezuma Creek Utah.
The 2012-13 live racing season comes to a close on Tuesday. Post time 1 p.m.