Shue Fly / Rio Grande Handicap

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Saturday, January 26, 2019
by Eric Alwan

Ryansmanonthemoon scores upset win in $211,142 Shue Fly Stakes

8-1 long shot Ryansmanonthemoon scored a narrow upset win in the 47th running of the $211,142 Shue Fly Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.

Under jockey Mauro Salcedo, Ryansmanonthemoon overhauled Woodys Copy Cat in mid-stretch and had enough resolve to hold off fast closing Cd Mamas Boy by a neck at the wire. The winner stopped the clock for the 400 yards in a fast 19.30 seconds, earning a 96 speed index. The former allowance winner gained his first career stakes win in the Shue Fly. The three-year-old First Moonflash gelding trained by Cynthia Gonzalez earned $99,237 for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez. He returned a healthy $18.40 to win on a $2 ticket. His record stands at 3 wins and 2 seconds from 11 starts with earnings topping $143,000.

Cd Mamas Boy and jockey Jesse Lee Levario were closing with interest but just ran out of real estate. The gallant runner-up earned $38,006 for owner Daniel Ramirez of El Paso, Texas.

$246,000 stakes winner Woodys Copy Cat popped the gates early and led briefly. The Woodbridge filly could not maintain her speed and wound up third with jockey Manuel Gutierrez. Cynthia Gonzalez also trained the third place finisher.

The mild 5-2 favorite Hs Paul Walker bore in badly and the break before finishing fourth. The top qualifier was disqualified for interference and placed 8th.

Consequently, Saul was moved up to the fourth place spot.

Eye N Capo dismantles field in $50,000 Rio Grande Handicap (Gr. 3)

The classy Eye N Capo dismantled a strong field in the $50,000 Rio Grande Handicap going 350 yards. Under a hand ride from Jesse Lee Levario, Eye N Capo never had an anxious moment and roared to a confident neck win over Papaws Paint. The winning time was a swift 17.27 seconds, good for a 97 speed index. The 4-5 favorite could have won by more and was cruising at the wire. The five-year-old gelded son of Capo de Capi won for the 10th time in 17 career starts. He earned $30,000 for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor. His career bankroll is $495,910. Josue Ponce trains the highly accomplished stakes champion. Eye N Capo won the 2016 Dash For Cash Futurity as a two-year-old.

All American and Rainbow Derby third place finisher Papaws Paint ran his heart out in second place. Jacky Martin 21 finished a half-length back in third place.

$106,000 Riley Allison Derby and $65,000 Borderplex Stakes on Sunday

Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The 56th running of the $106,000 Riley Allison Derby (9th race) and the $65,000 Borderplex Stakes (8th race) are featured. Both races are local preps for the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) and $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks, respectively to be run on Sunday, March 24.

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