Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Sunday, January 20, 2019
by Eric Alwan
Blazing Navarone wins thrilling edition of $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap
Blazing Navarone won a thrilling edition to the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
With a determined drive up the rail, Blazing Navarone outran Hute by a head to win a furious finish in the one and one-sixteenth mile feature of older New Mexico-breds. Blazing Navarone responded bravely for jockey Ry Eikleberry to take first place honors at 6-1 odds. The winner returned $15 on a $2 win ticket.
Trained by Henry Dominguez, Blazing Navarone has been extremely effective over Sunland Park soil in recent years. Last season, he won three stakes including the New Mexico Breeders’ Derby, Red Hedeman Mile and the Four Rivers/John Deere Stakes. In total, the four-year-old son of Song of Navarone has won 5 of 6 races at Sunland Park. He earned a $51,000 paycheck for owners George Coleman and Henry Dominguez. The Albert Dominguez was his first victory against older runners. The winning time was 1:43.71.
Blazing Navarone carries a glossy record of 7 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds from 15 starts with a bankroll over $383,000.
Hute ran a tremendous race with Ken Tohill in the saddle, The 21-1 long shot trained by Joel Marr pressed the pace throughout and dug in determinedly through the stretch run. At one point in mid-stretch, the son of Western Gambler almost looked like a winner. Michael Stinson’s brave runner just missed in a terrific effort.
Defending champion Shining Source finished a wide third, beaten over 2 lengths.
4-5 favorite Thunder Dome never got rolling and finished a distant fifth.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
Photo Credit: Coady Photography