Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Sunday, January 27, 2018
by Eric Alwan
Bruce Allmty speeds away in $50,000 KOFX-Radio Handicap (Grade 2)
Bruce Allmty blasted away to a sparkling victory in the $50,000 KOFX-Radio Handicap (Grade 2) at 350 yards on Saturday at Sunland Park Racetrack Casino and Hotel.
In a flawless performance, the Fernando Carrete trained juggernaut beat a world class group of older Quarter Horses and never took a deep breath. The four-year-old gelded son of Ivory James broke like a bullet and stormed to a 1 and 1/4 length victory over a closing May Be Fantastic SA. The winner caught the 350 yards in a sharp 17.124 seconds, good for a 102 speed index. Jockey Roberto Meraz, Jr. rode the newly crowned stakes winner.
Since shipping to New Mexico in the summer of 2017, Bruce Allmty has won all four his starts in the state. He picked up $30,000 prize for winning owner Adrian Cano. The former $5,000 claimer has 6 wins from 15 career starts. He returned $7.40 to win as the second choice. The ultra-fast Quarter Horse has earnings in excess of $102,000.
Turf Paradise stakes winner My Be Fantastic SA made a late move to gain a clear second place with Emilio Tapia in the saddle. The runner-up finished one-length in front of Marseille.
Once Over, the runner-up in the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park, had an awkward start and never got rolling. The 9-5 favorite was beaten in eighth place.
$100,000 Riley Allison Derby, $65,000 El Paso Times Stakes and $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap on Sunday
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with a terrific 10-race program. The three stakes races are the $100,000 Riley Allison Derby (9th race), $65,000 El Paso Times Stakes (8th race) and the $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (10th race). The Riley Allison Derby at one mile is a key local prep for both the $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby on Feb. 25 and the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) on March 25.
Photo Credit: Coady Photography