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El Paso, TX — The superior New Mexico-bred stakes mare Rose’s Desert went out in a blaze of glory on Sunday by winning her third straight New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap worth $85,000 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
The amazing daughter of Desert God put away a solid field of rivals by over 3 lengths to take her 10th career win from 15 starts, and she will soon be bred to the champion stallion Giant’s Causeway in Kentucky. Rose’s Desert caps off a tremendous career loaded with victories in the richest New Mexico-bred stakes races ever. Winning trainer Todd Fincher said, “She’s the best I have ever had. She always made me look good. I will miss her.” Five of Rose’s Desert’s career wins have come over Sunland Park soil.
In her final race, Rose’s Desert assumed a beautiful 4-wide stalking trip in the 6 furlong distaff feature. Jockey Dusty Shepherd let the 3-5 favorite loose on the far turn, and the five-year-old mare went on the attack and headed the front running Little Vidalia. She widened the margin through the stretch, and Shepherd simply let the classy mare glide on home in her swan song. The victory was worth $51,000, pushing her career bankroll to $626,000. Rose’s Desert has never finished worse than second throughout her career for owner Joe Peacock of San Antonio, Texas. The winning time was a sharp 1:10.24. Rose’s Desert was coming off an impressive win in the $126,000 New Mexico Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Zia Park.
Little Vidalia tried her best to keep up with Rose’s Desert and fought determinedly in second place for the second straight time in stakes race. The fast starting daughter of Attila’s Storm is trained by Justin Evans who won the Sunland Park training title last season. Ry Eikleberry rode the runner-up.
Gossip Dome picked up steam late under jockey Alfredo Juarez, Jr. to earn third place. Dawn is Affirmed wound up fourth.
Hush’s Storm sliced through traffic to take a dramatic one-length win in the 12th running of the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Stakes at six and one-half furlongs.
Red hot trainer Todd Fincher collected his second straight stakes win of the day with the hard charging stretch runner. Cleverly ridden by jockey Aldo Arboleda, Hush’s Storm split runners in mid-stretch and held off stable mate Thermal to take his second career stakes win. Last season at Sunland Park, Hush’s Storm won the New Mexico-Breeders’ Derby going a route.
On Sunday, Hush’s Storm beat a terrific group of older New Mexico-bred stakes winners and paid $19.40 to win. The three-year-old Attila’s Storm gelding earned $51,000 for owners Dale Taylor and Joe Dee Brooks and Joe Hogg. The winner caught the distance in a fast 1:16.78. The 2013 Jamison Stakes champ now has earnings over $200,000.
Todd Fincher’s Thermal with jockey Alfredo Juarez, Jr. closed with interest to gain second place. Gotta Move finished three parts of a length back in third and sparked a $1 trifecta worth a staggering $8,316.70. The 5-2 favorite Mr. Wizard hopped at the start and lost all chance. The promising stakes winner finished well back in eighth place.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
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