Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino
Sunday, December 18, 2016
by Eric Alwan
Bryn’s Fancy Pants wins $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap
Bryn’s Fancy Pants exploded late to overhaul Diabolical Dame to win the $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
Under a well calculated ride from Alfredo Juarez, Jr., Bryn’s Fancy Pants gained momentum fast in mid-stretch and was too much for her heavily bet stablemate down the lane. The fast closing stretch runner won by a half-length and remained unbeaten over Sunland Park soil. Last year, Bryn’s Fancy Pants won the La Senora Handicap. She was one of four horses in the race trained by Todd Fincher. The other three were Diabolical Dame, Tijuana and Tilla Cat.
Juarez, Jr also won Saturday’s KLAQ Handicap with Chief Cicatriz.
Diabolical Dame was bet down to 4-5 odds and did look like a winner passing the quarter mile marker. She briefly swept to the front under jockey Tracy Hebert but could not hold that advantage. The multiple stakes winning filly had to settle for second, well clear of Desert Stepper and Tijuana who dead-heated for third.
Not My Note speeds away in $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap
Not My Note was absolutely brilliant on Sunday and sped clear to a runway 2 and 3/4 length win in the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap. Jockey Tracy Hebert placed Note My Note in a perfect striking position following the break from the #12 post position in the six and one-half furlong race.
Passing the quarter mile marker, Not My Note cruised up the lead and took total control of the feature race. He sprinted clear and hit the wire in time of 1:14.37, less than a second off the track record of 1:13.45 held by Isn’t He Clever in 2013.
Winning trainer Simon Buechler said, “He’s matured nicely and learned to relax. We got the perfect hole to day. He’s getting really good.”
Forger made a late rally to secure second place under Alfredo Juarez, Jr. Citizen Geller picked up steam in deep stretch to get third, beaten over 4 lengths. D E Lover never got untracked and finished a distant ninth.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:45 p.m.
Photos courtesy of: Coady Photography