Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Sunday, May 5, 2019
by Eric Alwan
Perrys Secret rallies late to win $324,120 West Texas Futurity (Grade 2)
Almada Racing’s Perrys Secret rallied home down the center of the course and got up in the final strides to narrowly prevail in a dazzling 61st edition of the Grade 2 $324,120 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Ridden by Sunland Park’s leading quarter horse jockey Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Josue Ponce, 13-to-1 outsider Perrys Secret finished strongly and tagged 2-to-1 favorite Return of Brown Eyes just in the shadow of the wire, winning by a head while racing the 300 yards in a final time of 14.92 seconds, earning a 103 Equibase Speed Index figure.
A 2-year-old Texas-bred son of Hez Our Secret and a 2018 Texas Quarter Horse Yearling Sale purchase of $6,700, Perrys Secret won his trial heat here when debuting on April 12, adding the West Texas Futurity to his spotless career resume. The $152,000 lion’s share of the purse pads his lifetime bankroll to more than $157,000.
Return of Brown Eyes, ridden by Sergio Becerra, Jr., was more than a length clear of the rest of the field when finishing second, ahead of third place finisher KJ Mucho Macho Man and jockey Jose Alvarez, with Tempt The Lady finishing fourth with Adrian Ramos aboard.
The winner returned $28 to his backers at the windows, with the $1 exacta netting a $87.50 return on investment.
Honky Tonk Daddy earns mild upset in $393,483 New Mexican Spring Futurity
Leading from start to finish under jockey Ricky Ramirez, Honky Tonk Daddy scored a mild upset winning the 25th edition of the Grade 2 (Restricted) $393,483 New Mexican Spring Futurity.
Trained by Jose Luis Muela for owners U S Alliance Logistics LLC, Honky Tonk Daddy broke cleanly from her inside post and held on tenaciously, prevailing by a neck in a thrilling blanket finish, outfinishing 7-to-2 post time favorite Colby James, racing the 300 yards in 15.12 seconds and earning a 95 Equibase Speed Index figure.
The 2-year-old New Mexico-bred daughter of Big Daddy Cartel, purchased for $14,000 at last year’s Ruidoso New Mexico Bred Quarter Horse sale, Honky Tonk Daddy broke her maiden when winning her debut during trials held here on April 13. Her lifetime record now stands at a perfect 2-for-2. The $184,937 winner’s share of the purse increases her lifetime bankroll to more than $190,000.
Sent off at odds of 10-to-1, Honky Tonk Daddy returned $22 to her winning backers, with the $1 exacta paid $69.
Colby James, with Alan Hernandez aboard, outnodded Montevina and jockey Esgar Ramirez for the place while Six Pack Fame narrowly earned the fourth place position under jockey Alonso Rivera.
Sunday’s all-Quarter Horse card wrapped up the 60th anniversary season at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
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