Friday, February 29, 2008

NM Prep Hoops Scores, Feb. 29

Boys Basketball
District 1AAAAA
Cibola 61, Gallup 56
District 2AAAAA
Albuquerque High 68, Sandia 57
District 5AAAA
St. Pius 62, Albuquerque Academy 37
District 3AA
Mesa Vista 78, Questa 72
District 7AA
Capitan 73, Loving 46
District 4A
Clovis Christian 53, Grady 48
District 8A
Hagerman 44, Gateway Christian 39
Girls Basketball
District 1AAAAA
Cibola 44, West Mesa 27
District 1AAAA
Shiprock 47, Aztec 46
District 2AAAA
Los Alamos 64, Espanola Valley 45
District 5AAAA
St. Pius 53, Del Norte 35
District 5AAA
Hope Christian 75, Sandia Prep 73, 2OT
District 2AA
Coronado 70, Escalante 43
District 3AA
Penasco 63, McCurdy 55
District 4AA
Mora 56, Pecos 31
District 4A
Clovis Christian 55, Grady 34

Sunland Park Selections, March 1

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Wagering on Magna 5 starts at 10:00 a.m. Simulcasting from Laurel begins at 10:10 a.m. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, 10:25 a.m. Aqueduct and Freehold, 10:30 a.m. Gatineau and Turfway, 11:10 a.m. Beulah Park, Gulfstream and Will Rogers, 11:15 a.m. Louisiana Downs and Fair Grounds, 11:30 a.m. Blue Ribbon Downs and Oaklawn, 12:00 p.m. Turf Paradise, 12:30 p.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Santa Anita, 1:00 p.m. Bay Meadows, 1:45 p.m. Fraser, 2:15 p.m. Dover Downs, 3:30 p.m. Rosecroft, 4:30 p.m. Northville and Penn National, 4:40 p.m. Meadowlands, Mountaineer, Northfield and Saratoga, 5:00 p.m. Charles Town, 5:15 p.m. Montreal and Pompano, 5:25 p.m. Delta Downs and Woodbine, 5:30 p.m. Northlands and Sam Houston, 6:00 p.m. Balmoral, 6:20 p.m. Los Alamitos, 8:00 p.m.

1st – Purse $31,700. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. New Mexico-breds. 870 yards.
(Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Hezablazinman (R Jaime 120) 6-1
2 – Rugged Major (A Escareno 120) 8-1
3 – El Serranito (F Rojas 120) 12-1
4 – Streakaway Trey (S Martinez 122) 9-2
5 – Real Swifty (F Martinez 122) 5-2
6 – Dashings Call (M Bourdieu 120) 7-2
7 – Major Warzone (E Ramirez 120) 8-1
8 – One Dot and Dash (C Silva 124) 6-1
AE 9 – Kokopelli Bold (M Bourdieu 120) 8-1
1 — No. 5 Real Swifty could be tough to beat at this distance today. Has hit the board in 5 of 10 races and gets Freddie Martinez to ride.
2 — No. 6 Dashings Call just missed a win in last start at this distance, should be fine against this bunch.
3 — No. 4 Streakaway Trey is a serious threat here today, won last time out by two lengths.

2nd – Purse $23,300. 2 year olds. Maiden. New Mexico-breds. 300 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – A Prime Cartel (S Thompson 120) 5-1
2 – Butchs Gem (A Escareno 120) 8-1
3 – Good Time Chicks (E Ramirez 120) 8-1
4 – Crucified (F Fuentes 120) 10-1
5 – Regard Jr (O Ortega 120) 10-1
6 – Perfect Lie (R Ramirez 120) 12-1
7 – Cartel Shooter (T Guymon 120) 4-1
8 – Mammys Maiden (B Perez 120) 3-1
9 – Kiptysside (S Martinez 120) 8-1
10 – Streaking Policy (JD Valenzuela 120) 12-1
AE 11 – Chivas On Ice (F Martinez 120) 10-1
AE 12 – Frankies Royal High (A Escareno 120) 10-1
1 — No. 8 Mammys Maiden is a first time starter for trainer Carl Draper, has had some decent workouts.
2 — No. 3 Good Time Chicks gets Esgar Ramirez to ride, comes from decent barn.
3 — No. 7 Cartel Shooter comes from the very good Wes Giles barn.

3rd – Purse $10,500. 3 and 4 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $12,500. 350 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Wild Ernie (D Pinon 122) 7-2
2 – Zevis Bo (R Ramirez 124) 15-1
3 – Loaded Forty Five (N Smith 122) 8-1
4 – Silver Frills (E Ramirez 122) 5-2
5 – Strawfly Scout (B Harmon 122) 10-1
6 – Special Snafols (J Martinez 122) 8-1
7 – Kats Cash Policy (L Gamez 122) 15-1
8 – Jt Runamuck (J Maldonado 122) 9-2
9 – Bills Cake (N Garcia 122) 12-1
10 – Redball Make My Day (F Martinez 122) 10-1
AE 11 – Keeno Joe (R Ramirez 122) 12-1
AE 12 – Hm Larkin Dale (O Ortega 124) 20-1
1 — No. 4 Silver Frills gets the solid Esgar Ramirez to ride, is taking a drop in class.
2 — No. 1 Wild Ernie is a danger. Has had good works, but is coming from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 3 Loaded Forty Five is another first time starter, comes from low percentage barn.

4th – Purse $10,200. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. 350 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Totally Rolls (E Bachicha, Jr 122) 12-1
2 – Splash N Six (O Rincon 122) 6-1
3 – Such a Vision (S Rodriguez 122) 12-1
4 – Down to the Wire (S Martinez 122) 8-1
5 – Bueno Misquito (F Martinez 122) 5-2
6 – Rock Hard Cupid (B Harmon 122) 10-1
7 – Princess Scuttle Bug (A Escareno 122) 10-1
8 – Rare Coup (JD Valenzuela 122) 7-2
9 – Dash for the Top (C Lambert 122) 8-1
10 – Zipps Quick (H Marinelarena 122) 12-1
AE 11 – It’s a Miraculous (M Perez 122) 8-1
AE 12 – Straight Aces (JD Valenzuela 122) 15-1
1 — No. 8 Rare Coup won last time out against similar competition. Has won 6 of 47, comes from decent percentage barn.
2 — No. 5 Bueno Misquito gets the solid Freddie Martinez to ride, finished third in last start.
3 — No. 2 Splash N Six was a winner in last start, comes from low percentage barn.

5th – Purse $32,500. 3 year olds and up. Allowance-Optional Claiming $40,000. 400 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Heza Caliente Hombre (F Martinez 122) 6-1
2 – Darlings Injun (C Lambert 122) 15-1
3 – Gun Battle (T Guymon 122) 5-2
4 – Mb Far to Trendy (N Garcia 122) 10-1
5 – Hustle to the Lead (B Harmon 122) 8-1
6 – First Injun (J Martinez 122) 6-1
7 – Makin Willies (E Ramirez 122) 9-2
8 – Blinkity Blank (O Ortega 122) 12-1
9 – Eltoreo (A Rivera 122) 8-1
10 – Chiquity Boom (M Villa 122) 10-1
AE 11 – Food Fight (E Ramirez 122) 10-1
AE 12 – This Snow Is Gone (F Martinez 122) 6-1
1 — No. 3 Gun Battle has won 8 of 15 and nearly $600,000 in earnings. Loves the distance.
2 — No. 8 Blinkity Blank finished second in last race, has hit the board in 13 of 24 races.
3 — No. 1 Heza Caliente Hombre has hit the board in 15 of 26 races, has won 7 of 26 races.

6th – Purse $17,100. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $7,500. Fillies and Mares. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Lil Maddy Ross (G Murphy 118) 6-1
2 – Hollywood Girl (D Essman 122) 7-2
3 – Robyn de Debil (C Lambert 118) 8-1
4 – Copelan’s Appeal (M Bourdieu 120) 4-1
5 – Fantasma de Dama (N Smith 118) 10-1
6 – Tell a Tale (J Espitia 120) 6-1
7 – Rosamia (T Cunningham 118) 12-1
8 – Windy Storm’n Rose (A Cruz 120) 5-2
1 — No. 8 Windy Storm’n Rose has won two straight, likes distance and is a serious threat here today.
2 — No. 1 Lil Maddy Ross hopes for better effort at this distance today.
3 — No. 4 Copelan’s Appeal ha run well of late, has hit the board in 12 of 15.

7th – Purse $10,500. 3 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $10,000. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Catsohm (M Villa 120) 10-1
2 – Hillside Manor (G Murphy 120) 4-1
3 – First Law (N Smith 120) 10-1
4 – Pigette (J Martinez 120) 6-1
5 – Hank Ace (M Bourdieu 120) 6-1
6 – Gold Gulch (A Juarez, Jr 117) 20-1
7 – Hail to the King (K Tohill 120) 12-1
8 – Prince Logan (A Cruz 120) 20-1
9 – Salerno (J Maldonado 120) 20-1
10 – Special River (C Madeira 120) 8-1
11 – Papaseto (T Wales 120) 20-1
12 – Santiago’s Blaze (R Jaime 120) 3-1
1 — No. 12 Santiago’s Blaze has run well of late, including a second-place finish in last start.
2 — No. 2 Hillside Manor improved to second in last start, likes the distance.
3 — No. 4 Pigette is a first time starter for trainer Henry Dominguez.

8th – Purse $27,200. 3 year olds. Allowance. One mile. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Solitary Singer (C Lambert 118) 6-1
2 – Deputyville (G Murphy 120) 4-1
3 – Rideitlikeustoleit (J Espitia 118) 5-1
4 – Burn It Down (J Martinez 120) 3-1
5 – Cape Time (K Tohill 120) 9-5
6 – Banker’s Way (M Bourdieu 118) 6-1
1 — No. 5 Cape Time has hit the board in 3 of 4 starts, finished second in Borderland Derby on Feb. 16.
2 — No. 2 Deputyville won last start, comes from decent Ray Ashford barn.
3 — No. 4 Burn It Down comes from the always tough Henry Dominguez barn, Joe Martinez rides.

9th – Purse $13,300. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden, Claiming $8,000. New Mexico-breds. 6 and one-half furlongs. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Groomstick Em (D Essman 115) 8-1
2 – Star of Kings (A Cruz 122) 9-2
3 – Golden Claim (M Bourdieu 115) 20-1
4 – Padre Domingo (N Summers 115) 6-1
5 – Swiftboldstorm (K Tohill 115) 15-1
6 – Lois Prospector (J Espitia 117) 10-1
7 – Mr. Fast Lane (T Cunningham 122) 15-1
8 – Traders Turn (C Madeira 122) 4-1
9 – Chenault’s Dream (G Murphy 122) 3-1
10 – Genera Mania (J Barton 122) 15-1
11 – Jackpotonaroll (D Sterling 115) 20-1
12 – The Real Diesel (C Rivas 122) 20-1
1 — No. 2 Star of Kings has hit the board in 5 of 17 starts, including a second-place showing in last start.
2 — No. 9 Chenault’s Dream has hit the board in 8 of 21 starts, ran third in last start.
3 — No. 4 Padre Domingo is a first time starter, might be worth keeping an eye on.

10th – Purse $10,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. Fillies and Mares. 5 furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Raging (J Espitia 118) 5-1
2 – Texas Cowgirl (M Villa 118) 12-1
3 – Just Validation (G Murphy 118) 8-1
4 – Moon Maid (C Zamora 118) 6-1
5 – I’m High On Topper (K Tohill 120) 5-2
6 – Lost My Leaf (D Essman 118) 12-1
7 – Sambre (A Juarez, Jr 118) 7-2
8 – Nasty Note (M Bourdieu 118) 6-1
9 – Janome (M Perez 118) 20-1
1 — No. 4 Moon Maid has hit the board in 9 of 18 starts, come from low percentage barn.
2 — No. 1 Raging won two races bac in an allowance race, is dropping in class. Beware of horse, could win it, could fall back.
3 — No. 8 Nasty Note gets the solid Miguel Perez to ride.

11th – Purse $125,000. 4 year olds and up. New Mexico State University Stakes. New Mexico-breds. One mile. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Fullofenergy (C Madeira 117) 8-1
2 – Some Ghost (C Lambert 122) 9-5
3 – Ky’s Quest (G Murphy 116) 10-1
4 – Ninety Nine Jack (M Bourdieu 118) 6-1
5 – Captain Cooper (K Tohill 116) 8-1
6 – Boom Boom (C Silva 114) 12-1
7 – Romeos Wilson (A Juarez, Jr 121) 5-2
8 – Dear Bull (A Cruz 115) 10-1
1 — No. 2 Some Ghost is going the perfect distance today, has 11 wins in 33 starts and is consistently good.
2 — No. 1 Fullofenergy likes the longer distance, has good trainer in Joel Marr.
3 — No. 7 Romeos Wilson comes from solid barn, owns 16 wins from 67 starts.

12th – Purse $10,400. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. Fillies and Mares. 6 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – She Call First (JD Valenzuela 115) 20-1
2 – Risky Beaver (D Essman 120) 6-1
3 – Briannas Twilight (C Silva 122) 10-1
4 – My Girl Bella (B Harmon 115) 10-1
5 – Sagittarian (M Villa 122) 4-1
6 – The Wiser Tiger (K Tohill 120) 3-1
7 – Dawn of the East (Q Bui 117) 15-1
8 – Another Sunka (J Maldonado 120) 20-1
9 – Top Fantasy (M Bourdieu 120) 15-1
10 – Proud Delivery (M Perez 120) 10-1
11 – Gental Cass (R Jaime 120) 6-1
12 – Calaqueen (O Ceballos 117) 12-1
1 — No. 2 Risky Beaver can win this race with a better effort.
2 — No. 6 The Wiser Tiger comes from the very good Chris Hartman barn, gets Ken Tohill to ride and has hit the board in 5 of 7 races.
3 — No. 9 Top Fantasy is taking a drop in class.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Mexico Prep Basketball Scores, Feb. 28

Boys Basketball
District 3AAAAA
Gadsden 16, Alamogordo 10 (Yes, this is correct)
District 4AAAAA
Hobbs 90, Carlsbad 43
District 4AAAA
Artesia 89, Roswell 85, 2OT
District 1AAAA
Piedra Vista 51, Farmington 40
District 2AAA
Pojoaque 68, West Las Vegas 66
District 4AAA
Lovington 50, NMMI 39
District 3AA
Questa 75, McCurdy 66
District 5AA
Cloudcroft 57, Lordsburg 53, OT
District 8AA
Bosque School 49, Menaul 46
Jemez Valley 73, Escalante 71
District 1A
Des Moines 49, Cimarron 46
District 2A
Tohajilee 54, Desert Academy 49
Girls Basketball
District 3AAAAA
Alamogordo 55, Mayfield 45
District 4AAAAA
Clovis 66, Carlsbad 34
District 2AAAA
Espanola Valley 58, Taos 49
District 1AAAA
Aztec 43, Piedra Vista 39
District 2AAA
Pojoaque 68, West Las Vegas 56
District 3AAA
Hatch Valley 55, Cobre 46
District 4AAA
Lovington 64, Ruidoso 49
District 5AAA
Thoreau 57, Laguna-Acoma 44
District 5AA
Tularosa 61, Mescalero Apache 43
District 2A
Tohajilee 71, Evangel Christian 25
District 6A
Magdalena 63, Alamo-Navajo 37

Sunland Park Selections, Feb. 29

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Friday, February 29, 2008
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Simulcasting from Meadows begins at 10:15 a.m. Tampa Bay, Aqueduct and Freehold, 10:25 a.m. Laurel and Monticello, 10:35 a.m. Beulah Park and Gulfstream, 11:15 a.m. Fair Grounds, 11:35 a.m. Oaklawn Park and Turf Paradise, 12:30 p.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Bay Meadows, 1:45 p.m. Santa Anita, 2:00 p.m. Turfway, 3:30 p.m. Rosecroft, 4:30 p.m. Northville and Penn National, 4:40 p.m. Meadowlands, Northfield and Saratoga, 5:00 p.m. Charles Town, 5:15 p.m. Pompano, Delta and Woodbine, 5:25 p.m. Northlands and Sam Houston, 6:00 p.m. Maywood, 6:20 p.m. Fraser, 8:00 p.m. Los Alamitos, 8:15 p.m.

1st – Purse $21,000. 3 year olds. Maiden. 870 yards.
(Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Pilgrim Wayne (B Perez 122) 2-1
2 – Feature Reward (F Martinez 122) 3-1
3 – Ratifys Tres Sies (S Martinez 122) 5-1
4 – Cashes Sally Lee (JD Valenzuela 122) 20-1
5 – This Chief Executive (JJ Gonzales 122) 8-1
6 – McQueen (E Ramirez 122) 8-1
7 – Stolibugs (J Coates 122) 20-1
8 – Blows My Mind (C Silva 122) 4-1
AE 9 – Sentenced to Fly (M Bourdieu 122) 3-1
AE 10 – Brady Macnabb (S Thompson 122) 7-2
1 — No. 1 Pilgrim Wayne has hit the board in 4 of 9 starts, comes from the solid Carl Draper barn.
2 — No. 2 Feature Reward gets Freddie Martinez to ride and also comes from high percentage barn.
3 — No. 8 Blows My Mind finished second in debut at this distance.

2nd – Purse $26,200. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. 870 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Willie Hot in Black (J Barton 122) 7-2
2 – Fames Seis (C Madeira 122) 5-2
3 – Mb Up and Running (S Martinez 122) 9-2
4 – Royalty On Watch (A Escareno 122) 20-1
5 – Tee Zevi (D Pinon 122) 12-1
6 – Cir a Royalchick (B Harmon 122) 5-1
7 – Victory Gets Chicks (J Coates 122) 6-1
8 – Turfs Special Wish (J Maldonado 122) 6-1
AE 9 – Dashings Call (M Bourdieu 122) 6-1
AE 10 – No Commentary (Ricky Ramirez 122) 9-2
1 — No. 2 Fames Seis has hit the board in all 5 starts, comes from the solid Joel Marr barn.
2 — No. 1 Willie Hot in Black won last start, has hit the board in 4 of 6 and comes from decent barn.
3 — No. 3 Mb Up and Running has hit the board in 10 of 19 races.

3rd – Purse $24,300. 3 year olds. Maiden. New Mexico-breds. 400 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Oh My Win (S Martinez 122) 12-1
2 – La Chamaka (E Ramirez 122) 6-1
3 – Denero Caliente (J Maldonado 122) 12-1
4 – Who Stole My Shoes (C Zamora 122) 12-1
5 – Rocking Pebbles (O Rincon 122) 8-1
6 – Albadino (J Coates 122) 8-1
7 – Berts Special (N Smith 122) 4-1
8 – Woodbridge Chunk (M Bourdieu 122) 3-1
9 – Slick Miracle (Ricky Ramirez 122) 5-1
10 – Rosies Really Runnin (T Guymon 122) 12-1
AE 11 – Mollecular (E Ramirez 122) 10-1
AE 12 – Dashin Bobbye Dean (N Smith 122) 6-1
1 — No. 5 Rocking Pebbles has run well of late and finished third at this distance in last race.
2 — No. 8 Woodbridge Chunk should be a serious challenger here against this bunch, has hit the board in 2 of 4 starts.
3 — No. 9 Slick Miracle comes from solid barn and gets the top notch Ricky Ramirez to ride.

4th – Purse $12,800. 3 year olds and up. Claiming $10,000. 400 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Key Romance (F Martinez 122) 8-1
2 – Reckless Oscar (M Bourdieu 122) 5-2
3 – Injun Spirits (A Torres 124) 9-2
4 – Eye Em a Sassy Shake (E Bachicha, Jr 124) 6-1
5 – Louisiana Dan (JJ Gonzales 122) 7-2
6 – A Tiny Miracle (L Gamez 121) 8-1
7 – Brt Opulence (E Ramirez 124) 12-1
8 – Gone Sixty (J Coates 124) 20-1
9 – Cr Special Reserve (J Maldonado 122) 20-1
10 – Bug Outta Here (O Rincon 124) 15-1
AE 11 – Ko in the Knud (F Martinez 122) 8-1
AE 12 – Citydash (F Martinez 124) 8-1
1 — No. 2 Reckless Oscar carries a decent speed figure into race, has hit the board in 3 of 7 starts.
2 — No. 5 Louisiana Dan is dropping in class, has a win in six starts.
3 — No. 7 Brt Opulence ran fourth in last race, gets Esgar Ramirez to ride and hopes for better effort today.

5th – Purse $16,100. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $7,500. New Mexico-breds. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Lucky Poet (S Thompson 122) 7-2
2 – Blazin Mystery (M Perez 122) 8-1
3 – Sierra Perdida (JJ Gonzales 122) 5-2
4 – Cashin in a Buck (Ricky Ramirez 122) 20-1
5 – Truckle Blaze (J Maldonado 122) 20-1
6 – Strawfly Dean (N Garcia 122) 10-1
7 – Earth Angel Baby (E Bachicha, Jr 122) 9-2
8 – Rosey Rime (A Rivera 122) 10-1
9 – Do Iou Too (O Ortega 122) 5-1
10 – Classy Aces (M Bourdieu 122) 20-1
AE 11 – Aces and Out (J Coates 122) 2-1
AE 12 – Rime Wagon (F Martinez 122) 5-1
1 — No. 3 Sierra Perdida just missed in last start, comes from a very good barn and has won 3 of 16.
2 — No. 1 Lucky Poet has hit the board in 8 of 15 starts.
3 — No. 2 Blazin Mystery comes from good barn and gets the solid Miguel Perez to ride.

6th – Purse $28,400. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. 350 yards.
($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Tres Fast Again (A Torres 120) 10-1
2 – Leonas Tr (JJ Gonzales 122) 12-1
3 – Merry Maverick (F Martinez 122) 10-1
4 – Adaquate (A Escareno 122) 12-1
5 – Js Quarter Moon (O Rincon 122) 6-1
6 – Dashin Dw (Ricky Ramirez 122) 12-1
7 – Aztec Stone (B Perez 122) 9-2
8 – Six Tees Payday (E Ramirez 122) 7-2
9 – Macundoit (S Rodriguez 122) 5-2
10 – Corona High (S Thompson 122) 20-1
AE 11 – Foolish Kisses (J Maldonado 122) 10-1
AE 12 – Eyesa Memories (F Martinez 122) 5-1
1 — No. 9 Macundoit won impressively in last start and has won 2 of 7. Likes the distance.
2 — No. 8 Six Tees Payday is also coming off a good win and gets the solid Esgar Ramirez to ride.
3 — No. 1 Tres Fast Again was second last time out.

7th – Purse $10,000. 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $8,000. 5 furlongs.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Jaelinsstormindiva (J Maldonado 117) 12-1
2 – Ruby’s Saint (J Coates 115) 20-1
3 – Mad Duck (G Murphy 117) 6-1
4 – Honor and Praise (A Cruz 117) 8-1
5 – Blazing Bullets (J Espitia 115) 5-1
6 – Big Bad Roan (N Smith 115) 8-1
7 – Zeei Run (N Summers 122) 10-1
8 – Man of the Moment (T Wales 122) 3-1
9 – El Nublado (T Cunningham 122) 10-1
10 – Nevermissawager (J Martinez 122) 4-1
AE 11 – El Vago (M Perez 115) 8-5
AE 12 – El Shark (R Jaime 122) 6-1
1 — No. 8 Man of the Moment comes from decent barn and has been competitive, hitting the board in 4 of 7 races.
2 — No. 10 Nevermissawager is a first time starter for trainer Henry Dominguez and gets Joe Martinez to ride.
3 — No. 5 Blazing Bullets is coming off long layoff and could be a factor in race today.

8th – Purse $13,700. 3 years olds and up. Claiming $6,250. Fillies and Mares. New Mexico-breds. 5 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Blanca Nieve (D Pinon 122) 10-1
2 – Momma Mac (A Cruz 120) 20-1
3 – Tercero (C Zamora 122) 20-1
4 – Danzig’s Trail (T Wales 120) 10-1
5 – My Jazz (D Essman 120) 20-1
6 – La Mesa Girl (T Cunningham 120) 9-2
7 – Hollywood Bloomers (J Coates 120) 5-2
8 – Excessive Roses (N Smith 120) 5-1
9 – Cinnamon Pache (M Perez 120) 7-2
10 – Tu Tu Clever (F Rojas 120) 8-1
AE 11 – Another Sunka (J Maldonado 120) 10-1
AE 12 – My Girl Bella (B Harmon 115) 6-1
1 — No. 6 La Mesa Girl had a bullet work on Feb. 19, is coming off a mild layoff.
2 — No. 10 Tu Tu Clever comes from low percentage barn, has hit the board in 4 of 15 starts.
3 — No. 7 Hollywood Bloomers finished fourth in last startr, but has won just 1 of 24.

9th – Purse $13,800. 3 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $10,000. Fillies. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Cliffs Yellowrose (T Cunningham 120) 10-1
2 – Jak’s B. G. (A Juarez, Jr 120) 10-1
3 – Band of Charmers (M Bordieu 120) 3-1
4 – Snap My Picture (C Lambert 120) 8-1
5 – Chanese’s Pride (S Martinez 120) 10-1
6 – Spread the Loop (A Cruz 120) 5-1
7 – Rumble Bee (D Essman 120) 10-1
8 – Shimmer to Gold (G Murphy 120) 12-1
9 – Stormy Kelsey (J Coates 120) 20-1
10 – Copper Wild (R Jaime 120) 20-1
11 – Hyper Dome (N Smith 120) 20-1
12 – Hot Tug Tonni (T Wales 120) 4-1
1 — No. 4 Snap My Picture is a first time starter, had a good work last time out.
2 — No. 3 Band of Charmers has hit the board in 5 of 10 starts, comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 12 Hot Tug Tonni gets Travis Wales to ride, hopes to improve on sixth-place showing in last out.

10th – Purse $13,900. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. New Mexico-breds. 6 furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Top Status (C Zamora 122) 7-2
2 – Fairway Home (C Rivas 118) 20-1
3 – S S Bull It (C Madeira 118) 15-1
4 – Shining Bullseye (D Sterling 118) 15-1
5 – Bet the Gray (O Ceballos 118) 9-2
6 – Oh Three Jack (A Juarez, Jr 118) 5-2
7 – Corky (M Villa 118) 10-1
8 – Jones Who (T Cunningham 118) 20-1
9 – Le Grande Success ( J Martinez 118) 8-1
10 – Alnaabya (G Murphy 118) 10-1
11 – Flight Delay (A Cruz 118) 10-1
1 — No. 6 Oh Three Jack is dropping in class and is coming off layoff, so beware. Does come from decent barn and has hit the board in 8 of 21 races.
2 — No. 5 Bet the Gray just missed a win in last start and has hit the board in 11 of 16 races.
3 — No. 11 Flight Delay should like the longer distance, comes from decent barn.

11th – Purse $29,400. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. One mile. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Tightwad (G Murphy 118) 5-2
2 – Real Godess (T Wales 115) 12-1
3 – Innocent Appeal (M Bourdieu 118) 12-1
4 – Private Aftanoon (C Lambert 118) 9-5
5 – Camelita (C Madeira 118) 5-1
6 – Victorious Vee (R Jaime 120) 7-2
7 – Starzaflame (K Tohill 118) 12-1
1 — No. 4 Private Aftanoon is coming off of a solid effort in last time out, has hit the board in 8 of 15 starts and Steve Asmussen trains.
2 — No. 5 Camelita is coming off a solid effort at this distance last time out at this track.
3 — No. 6 Victorious Vee wfon last time out at distance, keep in mind for exotics.

12th – Purse $10,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. One mile.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Sleeper (G Murphy 118) 10-1
2 – Clever Assault (D Essman 118) 20-1
3 – Islands Success (Q Bui 118) 7-2
4 – Stranger (J Martinez 118) 5-2
5 – Big Hearted Dean (J Espitia 118) 20-1
6 – Roadhouse Bandit (J Maldonado 118) 20-1
7 – Auto Move (J Coates 118) 9-2
8 – Double Intrigue (M Bourdieu 118) 8-1
9 – Crowning Victory (C Silva 118) 6-1
10 – Lizard King (A Cruz 118) 8-1
AE 11 – Swordsmith (D Essman 118) 8-1
AE 12 – Flag Flying Year (C Madeira 118) 20-1
1 — No. 3 Islands Success finished third in last start, comes from decent barn.
2 — No. 4 Stranger comes from ok barn, Joe Martinez rides.
3 — No. 8 Double Intrigue has won 10 of 38 lifetime, hopes to land in closer role today.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

NM Prep Basketball Scores, Feb. 27

Wednesday’s Scores
Boys Basketball
District 1AAAAA
First Round
Gallup 90, West Mesa 73
District 2AAAAA
Albuquerque High 67, Valley 59
District 5AAAA
Albuquerque Academy 74, Belen 59
District 2AAA
Pojoaque 68, Santa Fe Indian 36
District 2AA
Jemez Valley 66, Coronado 64
District 7AA
Loving 61, Eunice 46
District 1A
Cimarron 68, Wagon Mound 36
District 3A
Fort Sumner 61, Melrose 32
District 4A
Semifinal
Grady 55, Logan 41
District 8A
Gateway Christian 53, Tatum 42
Girls Basketball
District 1AAAAA
West Mesa 37, Gallup 36
District 2AAAAA
Sandia 62, Santa Fe 28
District 5AAAAA
Los Lunas 54, Highland 39
District 2AAA
Santa Fe Indian 48, Pojoaque 46
District 5AAA
Thoreau 57, Laguna-Acoma 44

NMPrep Basketball Scores, Feb. 26

Boys Basketball
District 2AAAAA
Valley 72, Santa Fe 55
District 3AAAAA
Alamogordo 64, Las Cruces 60
District 5AAAAA
Eldorado 75, Rio Grande 62
District 1AAAA
Kirtland Central 57, Aztec 53
District 3AAAA
Santa Teresa 65, Deming 45
District 1AAA
Crownpoint 71, Newcomb 64
District 3AAA
Cobre 60, Hot Springs 57
District 4AAA
NMMI 62, Ruidoso 58
District 4AA
Santa Fe Prep 60, Pecos 58
District 5AA
Cloudcroft 63, Tularosa 51
District 1A
Cimarron 68, Roy 32
Girls Basketball
District 2AAAAA
Santa Fe 56, Albuquerque High 54
District 3AAAAA
Mayfield 43, Onate 34
District 1AAAA
Aztec 45, Farmington 35
District 4AAAA
Artesia 42, Goddard 39
District 1AAA
Newcomb 66, Wingate 54
District 2AAA
Santa Fe Indian 59, Raton 39
District 1AA
Rehoboth 72, Ramah 19
District 2AA
Jemez Valley 61, Dulce 51
District 3A
Fort Sumner 27, Dora 25
District 4A
Logan 72, Mosquero 51
District 8A
Gateway Christian 39, Valley Christian 36

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Gary Bradley update and Farmington

Mayfield High assistant football coach Gary Bradley will interview for the vacant head coaching job at Farmington.
The interview will likely take place sometime early next month. Reportedly, he is one of four coaches being interviewed for the job.

— Felix

Monday's Prep Hoops Scores, Feb. 25

Boys Basketball
St. Michael’s 62, West Las Vegas 51
District 3AAAAA
Las Cruces 61, Onate 53
District 2AAAA
Bernalillo 82, Taos 72
District 5AAAA
Belen 60, Moriarty 51
District 3AAA
Cobre 80, Chaparral 62
District 4AAA
Ruidoso 47, Dexter 43
District 1AA
Ramah 71, Navajo Prep 54
Rehoboth 75, Pine Hill 52
District 5AA
Tularosa 77, Mescalero Apache 32
District 7AA
Eunice 53, Jal 47
District 3A
Melrose 28, Floyd 27
District 8A
Gateway Christian 68, Valley Christian 50
Tatum 50, Lake Arthur 23
Girls Basketball
Bosque School 34, Estancia 29
District 2AAAA
Bernalillo 55, Capital 51
District 5AAAA
Del Norte 47, Grants 29
District 4AA
Santa Fe Prep 36, Monte del Sol 29
District 5AA
Mescalero Apache 59, Cloudcroft 51
District 7A
Mountainair 61, Corona 32

Monday, February 25, 2008

Charles Gleghorn and Kirtland Central

After seven seasons, 60 wins and three state championships in Class 2A, Charles Gleghorn has decided to move up in class to 4A Kirtland Central, where he was named the head football coach last week.

Gleghorn helped bring respect to the Hatch Valley football program, which had long struggled. The Bears won three Class 2A state football titles and made the playoffs three other times.

Hatch Valley was fun to watch under Gleghorn, who brought the spread passing attack to the program.

The Bears scored a lot of points and threw for a lot of yards.

Gleghorn is a good coach and a genuine nice guy in the business. Now, he'll get a chance to do some good things in a different class of football.

Gleghorn has a good mind for the game, he deals well with people and he has the experience of winning a lot of games. Don't be surprised to see Gleghorn achieve a great deal in his next stop. There will be an adjustment period for both the team and Gleghorn, but he'll be fine down the road.

- Felix

Sunland Park Racetrack Selections, Feb. 26

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Simulcasting from Meadows begins at 10:15 a.m. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, 10:25 a.m. Monticello, 10:40 a.m. Beulah Park and Will Rogers Downs, 11:15 a.m. Louisiana Downs, 11:30 a.m. Turf Paradise, 12:30 p.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Portland Meadows, 1:35 p.m. Dover Downs, 2:30 p.m. Penn National, 4:45 p.m. Mountaineer and Trois-Rivieres, 5:00 p.m. Balmoral, 6:20 p.m.

1st – Purse $11,000. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. 440 yards.
(Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Imarunninmiteyeasy (J Coates 122) 6-1
2 – Truly B Jolly (O Ortega 122) 10-1
3 – Providian (F Martinez 124) 6-1
4 – Jesstadash (M Perez 122) 5-1
5 – Styledgee (T Guymon 122) 8-1
6 – Mr Fine Eyes (JJ Gonzales 122) 3-1
7 – High Strike Zone (B Harmon 124) 15-1
8 – Heza Fast Stevie Too (S Martinez 122) 4-1
9 – Citizen Kane (M Carrion 122) 20-1
10 – Stoki (E Ramirez 122) 12-1
1 — No. 4 Jesstadash has won two of last three, comes from decent barn and gets Miguel Perez to ride.
2 — No. 6 Mr Fine Eyes has hit the board in 10 of 24 starts, comes from high percentage barn.
3 — No. 8 Heza Fast Stevie Too has hit the board in 9 of 14 starts, might like extra distance.

2nd – Purse $21,000. 3 year olds. Maiden. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Ima Eyesa (O Ortega 122) 6-1
2 – El Sosio (N Garcia 122) 3-1
3 – Ja Jess Classy (S Martinez 122) 20-1
4 – Eyesaphoebe (B Perez 122) 8-1
5 – My Man Valentine (J Coates 122) 4-1
6 – Fast Beach Man (D Means 122) 6-1
7 – Check Out My Coup (F Martinez 122) 10-1
8 – Special First Prize (J Garcia 122) 6-1
9 – Seeking Psyche (N Smith 122) 12-1
10 – Feature Miss Jesse (Ricky Ramirez 122) 12-1
AE 11 – Mimis Dashin Cartel (M Bourdieu 122) 8-1
AE 12 – Fish On Cap (S Thompson 122) 5-1
1 — No. 2 El Sosio finished fourth in the Sunland Park Winter Futurity, just missed in the race before that.
2 — No. 5 My Man Valentine has run better of late, has hit the board in 4 of 9 starts.
3 — No. 9 Seeking Psyche finished second two races back, is coming off long layoff.

3rd – Purse $13,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. New Mexico-breds. 1000 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Hesadynamitelooker (N Smith 120) 8-1
2 – Samurai Slew (M Perez 120) 10-1
3 – Mark of Charro (J Martinez 120) 5-2
4 – Spark It (T Cunningham 120) 20-1
5 – Skip a Know (M Bourdieu 120) 8-1
6 – Sapello Skip (F Martinez 122) 3-1
7 – The Big Rumble (A Perez 120) 15-1
8 – Iz Lucky (M Fuentes 120) 12-1
9 – Sandy Bob Bug (D Essman 120) 12-1
10 – Slacker Spin (O Ortega 122) 5-1
AE 11 – Prospectors Rebel (C Zamora 124) 6-1
AE 12 – Mr. Windfall (J Martinez 120) 8-1
1 — In a pick-em race, I like No. 3 Mark of Charro. Has hit the board in 18 of 48 races, gets Joe Martinez to ride.
2 — No. 6 Sapello Skip gets Freddie Martinez to ride, has been competitive in career, but comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 10 Slacker Spin finished third in last race, has hit the board in 13 of 30 starts.

4th – Purse $33,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $25,000. New Mexico-breds. 350 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Ms Misty Brown (B Perez 122) 12-1
2 – Go Buddy Lee (F Martinez 122) 8-1
3 – Dooley Forever (O Rincon 122) 15-1
4 – Dazzling Eight (S Thompson 122) 8-1
5 – Our Talisman (E Ramirez 122) 6-1
6 – Easily a Paradise (N Garcia 122) 5-1
7 – Famous Uncle Joe (T Guymon 122) 15-1
8 – Me Chickie (D Means 122) 3-1
9 – Batman Miracle (J Maldonado 122) 8-1
10 – Tew E Tew (S Martinez 124) 4-1
AE 11 – Cash to Stash (Ricky Ramirez 122) 10-1
AE 12 – Dpi Money Girl (E Ramirez 122) 10-1
1 — No. 6 Easily a Paradise is dropping in class, has hit the board in 9 of 16 races.
2 — No. 2 Go Buddy Lee has hit the board in 10 of 13 starts, is coming off of a long layoff.
3 — No. 8 Me Chickie got bumped twice in last start, could be a serious factor here today.

5th – Purse $22,000. 3 year olds. Maiden. 6 furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Golden R Chiz (N Summers 120) 10-1
2 – Steeple Jack (A Perez 120) 12-1
3 – Rollins (A Cruz 120) 6-1
4 – Blue On Blue (A Juarez, Jr 120) 4-1
5 – Lunarpeal (C Lambert 120) 5-2
6 – Quiet Again (G Murphy 120) 6-1
7 – Royal Thrill (M Perez 120) 8-1
8 – Whispered Strike (M Villa 120) 7-2
1 — No. 5 Lunarpeal finished second in debut for trainer Steve Asmussen, should be a factor today.
2 — No. 4 Blue On Blue worked out well last time out for trainer Henry Dominguez. Is a first time starter.
3 — No. 8 Whispered Strike has hit the board in 2 of 6 starts, gets the always dangerous Mark Villa to ride.

6th – Purse $10,600. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000-$6,250. One mile. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Our Aviator (S Martinez 115) 15-1
2 – Rightly Royal (G Murphy 118) 5-2
3 – Darksuit (A Cruz 115) 10-1
4 – Some Expectations (D Essman 118) 8-1
5 – Damage Report (N Smith 115) 6-1
6 – Retsina’s Emblem (T Wales 115) 8-1
7 – Seminar (J Martinez 119) 3-1
8 – Star Court (K Tohill 115) 7-2
1 — No. 2 Rightly Royal comes from the solid Steve Asmussen barn, gets Glen Murphy to ride.
2 — No. 7 Seminar won last time out at distance, gets Joe Martinez to ride.
3 — No. 8 Star Court comes from low percentage barn, Ken Tohill is aboard.

7th – Purse $25,300. 4 and 5 year olds. Maiden. New Mexico-breds. One and 1/16 miles. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Big Lady Run (J Espitia 117) 15-1
2 – Mr. Windsor (F Rojas 122) 8-1
3 – Playnathefuneral (S Martinez 122) 8-1
4 – Jick Jack Joker (J Martinez 122) 6-1
5 – Annie’s Boy (C Lambert 122) 3-1
6 – Band of Songs (D Essman 122) 15-1
7 – Prince Longfellow (T Cunningham 122) 20-1
8 – Astro Dome (R Jaime 122) 20-1
9 – Hunkahunkaburnnluv (T Wales 122) 15-1
10 – Toro Loco (G Murphy 122) 6-1
11 – Iniquitous Kid (K Tohill 122) 7-2
12 – Spirit of the West (JD Valenzuela 117) 20-1
1 — No. 11 Iniquitous Kid ran well in last race, earning a solid second. Gets Ken Tohill to ride.
2 — No. 5 Annie’s Boy has hit the board in 4 of 8 starts, is dropping in class.
3 — No. 10 Toro Loco has hit the board in 3 of 10 races, all thirds.

8th – Purse $14,000. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000. New Mexico-breds. 5 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Hesapogilooker (Q Bui 120) 6-1
2 – Southern Excess (N Smith 118) 10-1
3 – Omnipotence (C Zamora 122) 20-1
4 – Who You Gonna Call (R Jaime 122) 9-2
5 – Speedy Go Get’em (D Essman 118) 8-1
6 – Corwyn Bay Keys (G Murphy 118) 20-1
7 – J J’s Trail (C Madeira 120) 6-1
8 – Sand Spirit (N Summers 118) 10-1
9 – Sir Lancelittle (A Juarez, Jr 118) 12-1
10 – Calsilver (K Tohill 122) 5-2
11 – Bubba Hyde (M Bourdieu 118) 12-1
1 — No. 10 Calsilver has won two straight races and 7 of 23 overall. Comes from decent percentage barn.
2 — No. 1 Hesapogilooker has hit the board in 14 of 44 races, won at this distance two races back.
3 — No. 4 Who You Gonna Call has six wins in 56 starts.

9th – Purse $31,900. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $20,000. New Mexico-breds. 6 and one-half furlongs. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Ghostly Tattoo (M Bourdieu 118) 12-1
2 – Blazing Rockstar (R Jaime 118) 8-1
3 – Isaiah F (D Sterling 118) 6-1
4 – Happy Jack (A Juarez, Jr 118) 8-1
5 – Marrone (T Wales 118) 4-1
6 – Cattleman Prospect (C Silva 120) 10-1
7 – B. G. Tiger (J Barton 120) 5-2
8 – Ring of the Run (M Perez 122) 3-1
1 — No. 7 B. G. Tiger has won 11 of 59 races, comes from decent barn.
2 — No. 8 Ring of the Run has hit the board in 17 of 26 races, comes from the very good Fred Danley barn.
3 — No. 4 Happy Jack has won 3 of 6 lifetime, comes from low percentage barn.

10th – Purse $17,300. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $12,500. Fillies and Mares. One mile. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Sheba’s Gold (K Tohill 118) 3-1
2 – Champagne Lass (M Bourdieu 118) 15-1
3 – Freedom Strip (D Essman 118) 12-1
4 – She Looks Famous (G Murphy 118) 12-1
5 – Lady Levant (J Martinez 122) 6-1
6 – La Serenata (C Lambert 118) 4-1
7 – Shine Miss Comet (R Jaime 118) 9-2
8 – Run Newton (A Juarez, Jr 122) 6-1
9 – Bold Cara (M Perez 118) 6-1
1 — No. 8 Run Newton has hit the board in 6 of 16 and did win last time out at this distance.
2 — No. 6 La Serenata is dropping in class, comes from the very good Fred Danley barn.
3 — No. 5 Lady Levant won last time out at this distance, gets Joe Martinez to ride.

11th – Purse $27,200. 4 year olds. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. One mile. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Dna of a Cat (C Lambert 122) 9-2
2 – Sanet (T Wales 120) 12-1
3 – Alexsayso (A Juarez, Jr 120) 9-2
4 – Barefoot Baby (J Martinez 122) 5-2
5 – Dame Fonteyn (S Martinez 120) 10-1
6 – Tactical (G Murphy 120) 3-1
7 – Pumped (C Madeira 120) 4-1
1 — No. 4 Barefoot Baby gave a game effort in last effort, likes distance. Has hit the board in 6 of 9 starts.
2 — No. 1 Dna of a Cat comes from very good barn, has hit the board in 3 of 5 starts.
3 — No. 7 Pumped has hit the board in 4 of 7 starts, comes from the solid Henry Dominguez barn.

12th – Purse $11,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. One mile.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Hope for Peace (R Jaime 118) 12-1
2 – Liverpool Lad (C Lambert 120) 3-1
3 – Cinderella Kid (G Murphy 118) 8-1
4 – Anybodys Guess (K Tohill 118) 6-1
5 – Road to Sedona (C Silva 118) 15-1
6 – Que Paso (M Bourdieu 118) 9-2
7 – Excessive Contact (M Perez 118) 7-2
8 – Solid Gold Bar (N Smith 118) 20-1
9 – Stone Canyon (M Villa 118) 8-1
10 – Wondancewilldo (T Wales 120) 12-1
AE 11 – Flag Flying Year (Q Bui 118) 20-1
1 — No. 2 Liverpool Lad has won last two, distance is good and comes from decent barn.
2 — No. 7 Excessive Contact is taking a drop in class, should be in hunt for the win.
3 — No. 10 Wondancewilldo has hit the board 20 time in career, could factor into exotics.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sunland Park Selections, Feb. 22

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Graded Selections
Friday, February 22, 2008
Post Time: 12:55 p.m.
Selections by Felix Chavez/Odds set by Sunland Park
Note: Simulcasting from Meadows begins at 10:15 a.m. Tampa Bay, Aqueduct and Freehold, 10:25 a.m. Laurel and Monticello, 10:35 a.m. Beulah Park and Gulfstream, 11:15 a.m. Fair Grounds, 11:35 a.m. Oaklawn and Turf Paradise, 12:30 p.m. Sunland Park, 12:55 p.m. Bay Meadows, 1:45 p.m. Santa Anita, 2:00 p.m. Turfway, 3:30 p.m. Rosecroft, 4:30 p.m. Northville and Penn National, 4:45 p.m. Meadowlands, Northfield and Saratoga, 5:00 p.m. Charles Town, 5:15 p.m. Pompano, Delta Downs and Woodbine, 5:25 p.m. Sam Houston, 6:00 p.m. Maywood, 6:20 p.m. Fraser, 8:00 p.m. Los Alamiitos, 8:15 p.m.

1st – Purse $16,300. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $12,500. 870 yards.
(Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Zees Memories (J Martinez 120) 3-1
2 – Nix On Alibi (C Zamora 124) 2-1
3 – Special Peak (O Ortega 120) 20-1
4 – Jw Sedonas Sequel (B Harmon 122) 4-1
5 – Fosters Dash (N Smith 120) 8-1
6 – Heza Snow Ball (S Martinez 120) 10-1
7 – Uncle Famous (T Guymon 120) 6-1
8 – Major Warzone (F Rojas 119) 10-1
AE 9 – Hoss La Jolla (F Rojas 120) 12-1
AE 10 – Sociabull (E Ramirez 120) 15-1
1 — No. 2 Nix On Alibi has just missed wins in the last two starts, has hit the board in 15 of 36.
2 — No. 1 Zees Memories gets the good inside post spot, has hit the board in 6 of 16 races. Comes from solid barn.
3 — No. 4 Jw Sedonas Sequel has hit the board in 5 of 11 starts.

2nd – Purse $24,300. 3 year olds. Maiden. New Mexico-breds. 400 yards.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Spanish Dash Ta Fame (F Martinez 122) 12-1
2 – Sables Chick (C Zamora 122) 12-1
3 – Chicks First (O Ortega 122) 4-1
4 – Her She Brown (J Martinez 122) 6-1
5 – She Is Generous (S Estrada 122) 8-1
6 – Imarealrisk (Ricky Ramirez 122) 5-1
7 – Suenos Y Milagros (E Ramirez 122) 8-1
8 – Brt Wire to Wire (S Thompson 122) 3-1
9 – Caliente Tyger (N Smith 122) 12-1
10 – Tricky Special (B Harmon 122) 12-1
AE 11 – Dustys Alibi (N Garcia 122) 6-1
AE 12 – New Mexico Miracle (M Villa 122) 12-1
1 — No. 8 Brt Wire to Wire has finished second five times in seven starts, comes from the solid Michael Joiner barn.
2 — No. 7 Suenos Y Milagros finished second in last start, gets the always solid Esgar Ramirez to ride.
3 — No. 6 Imarealrisk has hit the board in 2 of 4 starts, comes from low percentage barn.

3rd – Purse $29,500. 3 year olds and up. Allowance. New Mexico-breds. 400 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Truly Caliente (M Perez 120) 8-1
2 – Hot for Reel (S Thompson 122) 12-1
3 – Rime Has a Chick (D Means 122) 8-1
4 – Dos Miranda (JJ Gonzales 120) 3-1
5 – Call Me Fast Cash (M Villa 122) 12-1
6 – Chickie Goes Steppin (E Ramirez 122) 4-1
7 – Ugotta Woody (C Zamora 124) 12-1
8 – Streakin Bad Bug (N Cervantes 122) 12-1
9 – Famous Aunt Martha (T Guymon 122) 5-1
10 – Pucci Bug (B Perez 120) 6-1
AE 11 – Fast Nik (M Bourdieu 122) 12-1
AE 12 – Fudge Man (S Martinez 122) 15-1
1 — No. 4 Dos Miranda has hit the board in 4 of 5 starts, comes from decent barn, gets J.J. Gonzales to ride.
2 — No. 3 Rime Has a Chick earned win in last start, has hit the board in 2 of 5 starts.
3 — No. 6 Chickie Goes Steppin comes from decent barn, gets the tough Esgar Ramirez to ride and likes the distance.

4th – Purse $10,000. 3 year olds and up. West Texas Maturity Trials. 400 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Mr Perry Dash (S Thompson 124) 2-1
2 – A Long Goodbye (E Ramirez 124) 4-1
3 – Rock N Streak (JJ Gonzales 124) 20-1
4 – Streakin Cherry (O Rincon 122) 15-1
5 – Mr Gordon Shultz (B Perez 124) 15-1
6 – Now Heza Blazin (Ricky Ramirez 124) 6-1
7 – Super Sized (A Torres 124) 15-1
8 – Jess Lookin Back (M Villa 124) 15-1
9 – Gus the Greek (M Bourdieu 124) 3-1
10 – Royce Rogers (F Martinez 124) 15-1
1 — No. 1 Mr Perry Dash is coming off a big showing in last start, whch he won. Comes from a very good barn.
2 — No. 9 Gus the Greek comes from good barn, has hit the board in 8 of 17 and has won two of last three.
3 — No. 10 Royce Rogers has hit the board in all eight career starts and gets the formidable Freddie Martinez to ride.

5th – Purse $10,000. 3 year olds and up. West Texas Maturity Trials. 400 yards. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Hey Holland (E Ramirez 124) 8-1
2 – Taca Ramba (Ricky Ramirez 124) 15-1
3 – Have No Doubt (S Thompson 124) 12-1
4 – Guajilla (O Ortega 124) 10-1
5 – Run Perry Run (B Perez 124) 4-1
6 – Folsfirstdown (D Means 124) 12-1
7 – Speed Transformed (F Martinez 124) 8-1
8 – Caughtmezoomin (JJ Gonzales 124) 5-1
9 – Winninginthebuff (J Martinez 124) 3-1
10 – Ms Klee (C Zamora 124) 6-1
1 — No. 9 Winninginthebuff has won 5 of 11 and won two races back in imressive fashion.
2 — No. 5 Run Perry Run has hit the board in 9 of 16 races, comes from the very good Carl Draper barn.
3 — No. 1 Hey Holland has run well of late, gets the solid Esgar Ramirez aboard.

6th – Purse $10,000. 3 year olds and up. West Texas Maturity Trials. 400 yards.
($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Eye Is Fast (O Ortega 124) 15-1
2 – Genuine American (B Perez 124) 6-1
3 – Catscape (C Zamora 124) 20-1
4 – Georgetown Road (A Torres 124) 20-1
5 – Heavenly Trip (S Martinez 124) 12-1
6 – Duke McBride (Ad Fuentes 124) 15-1
7 – Mr Valuable (E Ramirez 124) 15-1
8 – One Special Shade (F Martinez 124) 3-1
9 – Gotta Get (JJ Gonzales 124) 2-1
10 – That’s a Larkin Val (Ricky Ramirez 124) 4-1
1 — No. 9 Gotta Get has won 19 of 36 from the very strong Fred Danley barn.
2 — No. 8 One Special Shade seems to always be in the hunt, gets Freddie Martinez to ride.
3 — No. 5 Heavenly Trip has won two straight and five of 17 overall.

7th – Purse $11,500. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $7,500. 5 furlongs.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Rowdy Who (N Summers 120) 15-1
2 – Trojan’s Gold (J Martinez 122) 10-1
3 – Forethought (M Bourdieu 120) 9-2
4 – Sport (R Jaime 120) 6-1
5 – Benvoglio (C Silva 122) 2-1
6 – Take Home the Gold (A Juarez, Jr 120) 4-1
7 – Gran Tenor (M Perez 120) 3-1
1 — No. 5 Benvoglio showed comes from good barn, was very good in winning last time out.
2 — No. 2 Trojan’s Gold won last time out, gets Joe Martinez aboard.
3 — No. 3 Forethought has hit the board in 8 of 15 races, comes from low percentage barn.

8th – Purse $25,300. 3 year olds. Maiden. Fillies. New Mexico-breds. One mile.
($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Jaded Queen’s (S Martinez 120) 6-1
2 – Flying Jackpot (D Essman 120) 10-1
3 – Serene Senora (T Wales 120) 20-1
4 – Cat Tager (A Juarez, Jr 120) 2-1
5 – Sensational Chimes (M Perez 120) 4-1
6 – Fullofgostleymoves (C Rivas 120) 8-1
7 – Airs (A Cruz 120) 3-1
8 – Sierra Sage (R Jaime 120) 10-1
1 — No. 4 Cat Tager has hit the board in both starts, appears ready to earn first win. Is stretching out and comes from decent barn.
2 — No. 7 Airs improved to third last time out, comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 5 Sensational Chimes gets the solid Miguel Perez to ride, earned second in last start.

9th – Purse $13,700. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $5,000-$6,250. Fillies and Mares.
New Mexico-breds. One mile. (50-cent Pick 4, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Birdie Gulch (C Rivas 120) 20-1
2 – Avena Knows It (A Cruz 120) 9-2
3 – Posh Excess (N Smith 120) 12-1
4 – Juanita Bonita (S Martinez 120) 8-1
5 – Trail of Seasons (M Villa 122) 5-2
6 – Dawn of the East (Q Bui 120) 7-2
7 – Satin Sadie (JD Valenzuela 112) 6-1
8 – One Chance Fancy (F Rojas 120) 20-1
9 – K K Slew (M Perez 117) 5-1
1 — No. 5 Trail of Seasons comes from decent barn, earned a win in last start, has been ver consistent of late.
2 — No. 1 Birdie Gulch owns a pair of thirds in nine starts, comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 2 Avena Knows It has hit hit the board in 4 of 10 starts, comes from low percentage barn.

10th – Purse $10,500. 3 year olds. Maiden. Claiming $10,000. Fillies. 6 and one-half furlongs. ($1 Pick 3, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Washita Diamond (J Coates 120) 3-1
2 – Martini Wager (J Martinez 120) 4-1
3 – Bad Comma (J Barton 120) 15-1
4 – Transition (T Cunningham 120) 15-1
5 – Pat’s Prospect (M Perez 120) 20-1
6 – Bella’s Honey (N Smith 120) 8-1
7 – Catalina Flyer (D Essman 120) 15-1
8 – Gold Stella (M Bourdieu 120) 2-1
9 – Snow Shoe Sally (A Cruz 120) 12-1
10 – Indiabonita (J Espitia 120) 20-1
11 – Augustina (A Juarez, Jr 120) 20-1
1 — No. 8 Gold Stella hopes for better showing in this start.
2 — No. 9 Snow Shoe Sally finished third in last out, comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 2 Martini Wager finished second in last start, gets Joe Martinez aboard.

11th – Purse $32,700. 4 year olds and up. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. New Mexico-breds. One mile. (Late Daily Double, $1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Busy Little Pistol (T Wales 118) 3-1
2 – Miss Bondad Hill (R Jaime 120) 4-1
3 – Iamaquacker Snap (A Cruz 118) 15-1
4 – Boji Bell (J Espitia 118) 12-1
5 – Real Godess (K Tohill 118) 10-1
6 – I See Yellow (J Barton 118) 8-1
7 – Quiet Queenie (D Sterling 118) 2-1
8 – Cassie Angle (J Martinez 118) 6-1
1 — No. 1 Busy Little Pistol likes the distance, has hit the board in 7 of 14 starts.
2 — No. 2 Miss Bondad Hill has hit the board in 5 of 9 races, comes from low percentage barn.
3 — No. 7 Quiet Queenie comes from solid barn and distance is just fine.

12th – Purse $14,800. 4 year olds and up. Claiming $6,250. New Mexico-breds. One mile. ($1 Exacta, Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta)
1 – Devon’s Diamond (S Martinez 118) 15-1
2 – Ghostly Dance (A Juarez, Jr 118) 5-2
3 – Shaken the Cage (K Tohill 122) 9-5
4 – Jimson (M Villa 118) 20-1
5 – Latenite Band (C Silva 118) 15-1
6 – Slewjoe (A Cruz 118) 12-1
7 – Brother Andruw (F Rojas 118) 20-1
8 – Local Case (M Bourdieu 118) 15-1
9 - Ghostly Knowles (R Jaime 118) 7-2
10 – Shaken Dan (C Lambert 118) 15-1
AE 11 – Excessive Stats (J Martinez 118) 15-1
AE 12 – Cow Punchin Casey (D Essman 118) 12-1
1 — No. 3 Shaken the Cage won his last start, comes from the solid Jon Arnett barn.
2 — No. 9 Ghostly Knowles earned a solid second in last start, comes from low percentage barn, is stretching back out.
3 — No. 2 Ghostly Dance has won 9 of 42.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Mexico Prep Basketball Scores, Feb. 19

Boys Basketball
Albuquerque High 59, Santa Fe 49
Belen 54, Grants 46
Capitan 72, Loving 47
Carrizozo 63, Corona 19
Clovis 93, Carlsbad 45
Dora 52, Melrose 39
Farmington 36, Aztec 34
Fort Sumner 66, Elida 40
Gateway Christian 51, Tatum 42
Hagerman 85, Lake Arthur 25
Hatch Valley 78, Chaparral 71
Jal 56, Eunice 53
La Cueva 74, Valley 65
Las Cruces 58, Gadsden 52
Lovington 64, Ruidoso 50
Manzano 61, Eldorado 49
Mayfield 56, Alamogordo 54
Menaul 44, Bosque School 43
Mesa Vista 77, Questa 68
Mesilla Valley 77, Tularosa 53
Moriarty 54, Del Norte 53, OT
NMMI 56, Dexter 45
Pojoaque 74, Raton 41
Sandia Prep 58, Thoreau 28
Santa Teresa 62, Deming 59
Shiprock 64, Kirtland Central 51
St. Pius 59, Albuquerque Academy 55
Texico 66, Tucumcari 43
Girls Basketball
Bosque School 64, Menaul 14
Clovis 52, Carlsbad 29
Cobre 68, Hot Springs 32
Deming 61, Santa Teresa 46
Eldorado 50, Manzano 44, OT
Elida 47, Fort Sumner 37
Hagerman 38, Lake Arthur 28
Hatch Valley 51, Chaparral 20
Jal 52, Eunice 44
La Cueva 56, Valley 45
Las Cruces 60, Gadsden 40
Mayfield 53, Alamogordo 49, 2OT
Melrose 40, Dora 36
Mesilla Valley 51, Tularosa 37
Moriarty 39, Del Norte 25
Newcomb 55, Bloomfield 38
Pojoaque 61, Raton 42
Rio Grande 47, Highland 43
Roswell 42, Goddard 38
Santa Rosa 65, Clayton 47
Temple Baptist 44, Evangel Christian 29
Texico 54, Tucumcari 21
Tohatchi 57, Crownpoint 56
Zuni 54, Wingate 52

Kelly Pavlik win over Jermain Taylor

Kelly Pavlik proved he was no fluke Saturday, beating the highly regarded Jermain Taylor for the second time, this time at the catch weight of 166 pounds.

In the first meeting last year, Pavlik used his power to beat Taylor.

The second time around, he used his power, boxing skill and inside fighting ability to hand Taylor his second loss, while staying unbeaten.

Pavlik, who will move back down to middleweight for his next fight, continues to improve as a fighter and his marketability is growing all the time.

Pavlik continues to step up his when needed and he has plenty of big fights left, including one this summer in New York.

It's refreshing to see a fighter such as Pavlik who puts in the time in the gym, doesn't sidestep anyone and who is class all the way.

He didn't disparage Taylor before or after the fight and he respects the game and his opponents.

Hopefully, Pavlik will continue to fight the best and continue to engage in entertaining fights. He could fight John Duddy this summer and perhaps even Felix Trinidad. Stay tuned.

What are your thoughts on Pavlik?

- Felix

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Mexico Prep Basketball Standings, Feb. 18

New Mexico High School Basketball Rankings
Note: Some records might be incomplete due to schools not updating records on NMAA website
As of Feb. 18
Class 5A
Boys
District 1-5A
Rio Rancho 12-11
West Mesa 10-12
Cibola 14-7
Gallup 15-7
District 2-5A
La Cueva 16-8
Valley 10-13
Santa Fe 3-16
Albuquerque High 14-10
Sandia 14-10
District 3-5A
Mayfield 14-8
Gadsden 13-11
Alamogordo 13-11
Onate 12-11
Las Cruces High 7-16
District 4-5A
Carlsbad 9-16
Hobbs 23-3
Clovis 24-0
District 5-5A
Manzano 14-9
Eldorado 9-15
Rio Grande 7-16
Los Lunas 17-8
Highland 19-2

Class 4A
District 1-4A
Kirtland Central 5-17
Farmington 8-14
Aztec 5-20
Shiprock 11-13
Piedra Vista 15-11
District 2-4A
Bernalillo High 10-12
Taos 5-13
Los Alamos 16-8
Capital 19-7
Espanola Valley 22-1
District 3-4A
Silver High 8-16
Santa Teresa 11-14
Deming 9-15
District 4-4A
Goddard 12-13
Roswell High 15-9
Artesia 17-7
District 5-4A
Del Norte 2-22
Moriarty 2-20
Belen 13-10
Academy 13-11
Grants 12-12
St. Pius 19-5

Class 3A
District 1-3A
Wingate 13-10
Crownpoint 8-15
Bloomfield 12-12
Zuni 1-17
Tohatchi 13-9
Newcomb 9-9
District 2-3A
Santa Fe Indian 5-17
Robertson 7-15
Pojoaque 17-7
W. Las Vegas 18-4
St. Michael’s 20-5
Raton 1-9
District 3-3A
Hot Springs 8-14
Chaparral 4-19
Cobre 2-16
Hatch Valley 7-15
Socorro 17-8
District 4-3A
Ruidoso 4-19
NMMI 11-15
Dexter 5-18
Lovington 14-9
Portales 13-8
District 5-3A
Laguna-Acoma 14-6
Cuba 2-14
Thoreau 1-14
Hope Christian 15-8
Sandia Prep 20-4

Class 2A
District 1-2A
Navajo Prep 7-15
Pine Hill 6-17
Rehoboth 15-5
Navajo Pine 21-3
Ramah 13-5
District 2-2A
Escalante High School 6-15
Dulce 12-10
Coronado 7-14
Jemez Valley 9-11
District 3-2A
Penasco 13-9
McCurdy 8-13
Questa 19-3
Mesa Vista 21-2
District 4-2A
Mora 13-12
Monte Del Sol 13-11
Pecos 9-10
Santa Fe Prep 9-13
District 5-2A
Mescalero 4-16
Tularosa 11-13
Lordsburg 11-12
Mesilla Valley Christian 22-3
Cloudcroft 16-6
District 6-2A
Tucumcari 6-13
Clayton 4-15
Texico 18-5
Santa Rosa 18-4
District 7-2A
Jal 6-16
Eunice 2-18
Loving 9-13
Capitan 12-14
District 8-2A
East Mountain High School 2-14
Menaul 14-7
Estancia 21-6
Bosque School 17-6

Class A
District 1-1A
Maxwell High School 7-12
Des Moines 16-7
Cimarron 14-8
Roy 1-6
Wagon Mound 8-7
Springer 15-4
District 2-1A
NM School for the Deaf 7-13
Temple Baptist 11-8
Desert Academy 9-13
Evangel Christian 2-9
To’Hajillee 11-8
Victory Christian 0-5
District 3-1A
Elida 20-2
Melrose 9-14
Floyd 12-12
Dora 18-6
Fort Sumner 14-9
District 4-1A
Logan 7-14
House 12-13
San Jon 2-19
Grady 12-9
Clovis Christian 13-13
Mosquero 1-10
District 5-1A
Animas 13-8
Quemado 10-15
Reserve 5-10
Cliff 25-0
District 6-1A
Alamo Navajo 0-18
Magdalena 7-15
Gallup Catholic 7-13
Tse Yi Gai High School 5-11
District 7-1A
Carrizozo 16-8
Mountainair 11-11
Corona 1-12
Hondo 13-9
Vaughn 11-10
District 8-1A
Lake Arthur 3-17
Valley Christian 7-14
Gateway Christian 15-9
Tatum 16-7
Hagerman 22-2

Girls
Class 5A
District 1-5A
West Mesa 10-14
Rio Rancho 19-5
Cibola 18-6
Gallup 14-11
District 2-5A
La Cueva 21-2
Albuquerque High 1-23
Santa Fe 10-14
Sandia 14-11
Valley 17-7
District 3-5A
Onate 6-14
Gadsden 6-18
Las Cruces High 15-8
Mayfield 16-7
Alamogordo 20-4
District 4-5A
Hobbs 13-13
Carlsbad 7-13
Clovis 11-14
District 5-5A
Los Lunas 10-15
Manzano 7-18
Highland 11-12
Rio Grande 15-9
Eldorado 18-6
Class 4A
District 1-4A
Piedra Vista 7-15
Farmington 1-24
Shiprock 17-8
Aztec 10-10
Kirtland Central 21-3
District 2-4A
Capital High School 7-17
Bernalillo 6-18
Taos 12-12
Los Alamos 15-9
Espanola Valley 4-14
District 3-4A
Santa Teresa 6-19
Silver 13-12
Deming 13-10
District 4-4A
Goddard 15-10
Roswell 17-10
Artesia 16-8
District 5-4A
Del Norte 9-15
Grants 7-16
Academy 9-14
Belen 8-11
St. Pius 21-2
Moriarty 21-2
Class 3A
District 1-3A
Bloomfield 4-20
Crownpoint 13-12
Wingate 7-14
Newcomb 8-12
Zuni 9-12
Tohatchi 13-10
DIstrict 2-3A
St. Michael’s 19-5
Robertson 11-12
W. Las Vegas 11-11
Raton 6-10
Pojoaque 21-3
Santa Fe Indian 20-4
District 3-3A
Chaparral 5-17
Cobre 7-15
Hatch Valley 11-11
Hot Springs 3-17
Socorro 19-4
District 4-3A
Lovington 13-10
Portales 12-9
Dexter 10-14
Ruidoso 16-9
District 5-3A
Laguna Acoma 10-11
Hope Christian 18-8
Sandia Prep 12-11
Cuba 5-13
Thoreau 16-6

Class 2A
District 1-2A
Ramah 0-17
Rehoboth 14-7
Navajo Pine 18-5
Pine Hill 13-8
Navajo Prep 14-3
District 2-2A
Escalante 10-12
Jemez Valley 9-9
Dulce 4-15
Coronado 19-4
District 3-2A
McCurdy 15-8
Penasco 10-11
Mesa Vista 2-14
Questa 7-12
District 4-2A
Pecos 5-13
Santa Fe Prep 1-13
Mora 16-7
Monte del Sol 2-7
District 5-2A
Mesilla Valley Christian 7-11
Cloudcroft 6-12
Tularosa 10-10
Mescalero 14-11
Lordsburg 16-7
District 6-2A
Tucumcari 3-17
Santa Rosa 15-11
Clayton 11-11
Texico 20-2
District 7-2A
Jal 14-10
Eunice 6-13
Loving 4-11
Capitan 12-9
District 8-2A
Estancia 16-9
Menaul 1-15
East Mountain 2-12
Bosque School 13-8

Class 1A
District 1-1A
Cimarron 15-4
Roy 6-3
Springer 4-16
Des Moines 12-6
District 2-1A
Desert Academy 14-5
Evangel Christian 3-8
Temple Baptist 9-10
NM School for the Deaf 7-12
To’Hajillee 17-5
District 3-1A
Floyd 12-12
Melrose 11-10
Fort Sumner 8-11
Elida 20-3
Dora 8-7
District 4-1A
Grady 17-8
Clovis Christian 12-12
San Jon 0-11
House 7-10
Logan 12-10
Mosquero 1-8
District 5-1A
Reserve 5-15
Quemado 5-13
Animas 17-5
Cliff 23-2
District 6-1A
Gallup Catholic 16-6
Alamo Navajo 6-12
Magdalena 18-3
Tse Yi Gai 4-10
District 7-1A
Corona 1-10
Carrizozo 5-11
Vaughn 4-16
Mountainair 9-14
Hondo Valley 3-9
District 8-1A
Gateway Christian 4-17
Hagerman 18-6
Valley Christian 6-13
Tatum 9-10
Lake Arthur 4-6

District 3-5A basketball standings, Feb. 18

Boys
Gadsden 13-11 4-2
Mayfield 14-8, 4-2
Alamogordo 12-11, 3-3
Onate 12-11, 3-4
LCHS 7-16, 2-5
Friday’s Games
Onate 66, Alamogordo 54
Mayfield 68, Las Cruces High 52
Tuesday's Games
Mayfield at Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Gadsden at Las Cruces High, 7:30 p.m.

Girls
Las Cruces High 15-8, 6-1
Alamogordo 20-4, 5-1
Mayfield 16-7, 3-3
Onate 6-16, 1-6
Gadsden 6-18, 1-5
Friday’s Games
Las Cruces High 36, Mayfield 31
Alamogordo 77, Onate 55
Tuesday's Games
Alamogordo at Mayfield, 7:30 p.m.
Las Cruces High at Gadsden, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 2008

NM Prep Basketball Scores, Feb. 15

Boys
Capital 54, Los Alamos 49
Cimarron 77, Maxwell 41
Cloudcroft 45, Tularosa 39
Clovis 77, Roswell 39
Des Moines 70, Roy 44
Espanola Valley 74, Bernalillo 59
Farmington 52, Kirtland Central 40
Goddard 75, Artesia 63
Grants 58, Albuquerque Academy 54
Hagerman 70, Valley Christian 41
Hobbs 94, Carlsbad 47
Hope Christian 72, Thoreau 20
Los Lunas 63, Eldorado 39
Loving 69, Eunice 62
Manzano 76, Rio Grande 64
Mayfield 68, Las Cruces 52
Menaul 54, East Mountain 28
Onate 66, Alamogordo 54
Piedra Vista 47, Aztec 44
Portales 64, Lovington 57
Rio Rancho 93, West Mesa 84
Socorro 83, Cobre 47
Springer 91, Wagon Mound 69
St. Michael’s 73, Santa Fe Indian 48
St. Pius 71, Del Norte 31
Texico 66, Clayton 43
West Las Vegas 73, Pojoaque 65

Girls Basketball
Alamogordo 77, Onate 55
Albuquerque Academy 53, Grants 23
Clovis 34, Roswell 26
Escalante 44, Jemez Valley 39
Hagerman 53, Valley Christian 24
Hobbs 50, Carlsbad 28
Las Cruces 63, Mayfield 31
Menaul 47, East Mountain 39, OT
Penasco 60, Questa 50
Sandia 84, Albuquerque High 37
Santa Rosa 69, Tucumcari 27
Socorro 63, Cobre 39
Texico 56, Clayton 32
Tularosa 61, Cloudcroft 42

Wladimir Klitschko and heavyweight bout

Wladimir Klitschko is ready for his Feb. 23 fight against Sultan Ibragimov and he will try and bring some clarity to the world of the heavyweight division.

Klitschko owns the IBF heavyweight title, while Ibragimov has the WBO title.

The 12-round bout is an interesting battle between the two heavyweight, who are both former Soviet Union fighters.

Klitschko is 49-3 with 44 knockouts and he is certainly one of the best heavyweights of our era and his talents have led him to two world titles. He's beaten the likes of Samuel Peter, Calvin Brock, Chris Byrd and Lamon Brewster.

Klitschko punches with great accuracy, has great balance and his amateur background has made a huge difference in his career.

"Wlad's punches are like missiles," said Klitschko trainer Emanuel Steward."He doesn't waste too much and he would have been a threat to any heavyweight in any era. The only way to gain recognition is be an unified champion and that's what he's aiming for. He's got a chance to do that."

Klitschko showed a lot of heart in his Sept. 24, 2005 win against Samuel Peter, getting up several times from knockouts to pull out a decision win.

"The unification fight is an important one, but delivering a great performance is better for the fans and for the sport."

Ibragimov is 22-0-1 with 17 knockouts in his career. The 32-year-old Ibragimov won the 2000 Olympic silver medal and is best known for his wins against Shannon Briggs and Evander Holyfield.

"Sultan will be the toughest fight to date for Wlad," Steward said. "He has good hand speed, good hand and eye coordination and he moves well. He makes big guys get out of their game plan.

Added Klitschko: "My opponent is very intelligent and I'm expecting him to get in and out and be aggressive. But I'm ready and won't underestimate his skills."

— Felix

The Klitschko/Ibragimov is Feb. 23 in New York City.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gary Bradley and head coaching job

It's time for Mayfield assistant coach Gary Bradley to get a head coaching job somewhere. The offensive coordinator at MHS has a good football mind and he's proven to be a coach that can adjust well to the talent he coaches.

Bradley has applied at Farmington High School, a 4A school in NW New Mexico.

The offensive numbers that Mayfield has put up over the last several years is impressive, but particularly in the past three years.
Mayfield quarterbacks David Bustillos and Matt Sandoval have been very good during Mayfield's three-peat as Class 5A champions and others like recievers Chris Hernandez, Freddy Young and Nathan Enriquez have been very good at what they do.

The Mayfield offense has been fun to watch in the last few years because of the different formations that it runs out of.

Michael Bradley got his chance to lead the Mayfield program, now it's Gary's turn,.

I don't know that much about the Farmington program, but if Gary were to get the job and he was given time to implement what he wants to do, Farmington could become a consistent winner.

- Felix

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gary Bradley and Farmington

Mayfield High School assistant football coach Gary Bradley has applied for the vacant head coaching job in Farmington.

The Trojans lost an assistant coach, Jim Hite, last week. Hite took the job at Gadsden High School.

- Felix

Analysis of Jim Hite as new Gadsden coach

The Gadsden Panthers made a great hire last week when it inked Mayfield assistant coach Jim Hite to lead the program.

Hite has plenty of head coaching experience and has coached in New Mexico and Texas. He has great knowledge of the game and his leadership will be a key.

But Gadsden has proven to be a tough place to coach in recent years. Hite is the third coach since 2004 and the program has had a hard time finding consistency .

What the program needs is a coach who will be at the school for more than two years and it needs a program that has a lot of work ethic in the offseason as well as during the regular season.

There simply is no consistent pattern of winning or coaches staying for a long time in the Gadsden program.

What hurts the program as well is that it competes against the likes of Mayfield, Las Cruces High, Onate and Alamogordo every season. Mayfield and Las Cruces High are consistent state title contenders, Onate should be better in 2008 and Alamogordo was in the state title game in 2006.

Scheduling is another factor. The Panthers need to schedule some cupcakes to help the kids gain some confidence. It seems as though in recent years that Gadsden plays a tough non-district schedule and they pay for it come district time.

Hite will try his best and if he doesn't get broken down and he stays at Gadsden for a few years, maybe he'll achieve something at Gadsden that hasn't happened in years and that's a get the program into the playoffs.

— Felix

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

District 3-5A standings, Feb. 12

Boys
Gadsden 13-11 4-2
Alamogordo 12-11, 3-2
Mayfield 13-8, 3-2
Onate 11-11, 2-4
LCHS 7-15, 2-4
Friday’s Games
Alamogordo 73, Las Cruces High 66
Onate 61, Gadsden 43
Tuesday’s Games
Mayfield 48, Gadsden 37
Las Cruces High 61, Onate 60

Girls
Alamogordo 18-4, 4-1
Las Cruces High 14-8, 5-1
Mayfield 16-6, 3-2
Onate 6-15, 1-5
Gadsden 6-18, 1-5
Friday's Game's
Las Cruces High 52, Alamogordo 41
Gadsden 36, Onate 33
Tuesday's Games
Mayfield 42, Gadsden 19
Las Cruces High 75, Onate 63

New Mexico Prep Basketball Scores, Feb. 12

Boys Basketball
Albuquerque Academy 65, Del Norte 50
Artesia 77, Roswell 64
Capital 65, Taos 26
Clovis 84, Carlsbad 52
Elida 81, Floyd 60
Hondo 83, Vaughn 39
Hope Christian 69, Rio Grande 57
La Cueva 82, Albuquerque High 77
Las Cruces 61, Onate 60
Lovington 45, NMMI 38
Manzano 60, Los Lunas 57
Menaul 56, Bosque School 50
Mesilla Valley 52, Lordsburg 49
Navajo Prep 70, Pine Hill 55
Piedra Vista 67, Kirtland Central 44
Portales 60, Ruidoso 49
Sandia 55, Santa Fe 38
Sandia Prep 71, Thoreau 27
Santa Fe Prep 59, Jemez Valley 47
Shiprock 68, Farmington 40
Socorro 73, Hatch Valley 60
St. Pius 69, Belen 52
Tatum 54, Dora 51
Tohajilee 61, Desert Academy 40
Tularosa 94, Mescalero Apache 52
Valley Christian 51, Lake Arthur 35
Girls Basketball
Bosque School 60, Menaul 15
Clovis 77, Carlsbad 47
Del Norte 43, Albuquerque Academy 31
Deming 60, Santa Teresa 37
Desert Academy 47, Tohajilee 41
Eldorado 71, Highland 53
Hondo 47, Vaughn 25
La Cueva 60, Albuquerque High 34
Lake Arthur 36, Valley Christian 32
Los Lunas 58, Manzano 45
Lovington 64, Ruidoso 55
Mayfield 42, Gadsden 19
Mesilla Valley 52, Lordsburg 49
Moriarty 42, Grants 13
Penasco 87, Mesa Vista 49
Portales 60, Dexter 35
Rio Rancho 45, Gallup 30
Roswell 49, Artesia 39
Socorro 48, Hatch Valley 46
Tohatchi 74, Zuni 71
Tularosa 61, Mescalero Apache 50

James Hall Jr. and recruiting

It looks like Las Cruces High running back James Hall Jr. will have a busy offseason.
The senior-to-be will attend the Nike Combine March 8 in Dallas, the Nike Camp April 20 in Los Angeles and the Ohio State camp in June.

Hall, who helped lead the Bulldawgs to a 20-2 record in a spot in the Class 5A semifinals in 2007, has received interest from New Mexico State, the University of New Mexico, Arizona, Iowa, San Diego State, Army and Air Force.

— Felix

Monday, February 11, 2008

State Basketball Records, Feb. 11

New Mexico High School Basketball Rankings
Boys
Class 5A
Note: Some records might be incomplete due to schools not updating records on NMAA website
As of Feb. 11
Class 5A
District 1-5A
Rio Rancho 10-11
West Mesa 10-12
Cibola 14-7
Gallup 14-4
District 2-5A
La Cueva 13-7
Valley 9-13
Santa Fe 3-12
Albuquerque High 13-9
Sandia 14-8
District 3-5A
Mayfield 12-8
Gadsden 13-10
Alamogordo 13-10
Onate 11-10
Las Cruces High 6-15
District 4-5A
Carlsbad 9-14
Hobbs 22-3
Clovis 23-1
District 5-5A
Manzano 13-10
Eldorado 9-13
Rio Grande 7-15
Los Lunas 16-7
Highland 17-2

Class 4A
District 1-4A
Kirtland Central 5-16
Farmington 8-13
Aztec 4-17
Shiprock 10-13
Piedra Vista 12-11
District 2-4A
Bernalillo High 10-11
Taos 5-9
Los Alamos 16-7
Capital 10-5
Espanola Valley 21-1
District 3-4A
Silver High 8-14
Santa Teresa 10-13
Deming 8-15
District 4-4A
Goddard 11-9
Roswell High 15-7
Artesia 13-6
District 5-4A
Del Norte 2-20
Moriarty 2-17
Belen 12-9
Academy 11-10
Grants 10-12
St. Pius 17-5

Class 3A
District 1-3A
Wingate 11-10
Crownpoint 8-13
Bloomfield 11-11
Zuni 1-14
Tohatchi 11-9
Newcomb 9-8
District 2-3A
Santa Fe Indian 5-12
Robertson 7-13
Pojoaque 16-6
W. Las Vegas 11-4
St. Michael’s 15-2
Raton 1-4
District 3-3A
Hot Springs 8-14
Chaparral 4-19
Cobre 2-15
Hatch Valley 7-14
Socorro 15-8
District 4-3A
Ruidoso 4-15
NMMI 10-14
Dexter 4-17
Lovington 12-9
Portales 12-8
District 5-3A
Laguna-Acoma 13-6
Cuba 2-13
Thoreau 1-12
Hope Christian 14-7
Sandia Prep 18-3

Class 2A
District 1-2A
Navajo Prep 6-12
Pine Hill 6-14
Rehoboth 11-5
Navajo Pine 19-3
Ramah 13-4
District 2-2A
Escalante High School 6-15
Dulce 11-10
Coronado 7-14
Jemez Valley 9-9
District 3-2A
Penasco 10-8
McCurdy 7-11
Questa 19-2
Mesa Vista 20-1
District 4-2A
Mora 11-12
Monte Del Sol 12-11
Pecos 7-9
Santa Fe Prep 8-11
District 5-2A
Mescalero 4-14
Tularosa 10-12
Lordsburg 11-11
Mesilla Valley Christian 20-3
Cloudcroft 15-6
District 6-2A
Tucumcari 4-12
Clayton 3-14
Texico 17-4
Santa Rosa 15-3
District 7-2A
Jal 6-15
Eunice 2-15
Loving 9-12
Capitan 10-11
District 8-2A
East Mountain High School 3-12
Menaul 13-7
Estancia 19-3
Bosque School 16-5

Class A
District 1-1A
Maxwell High School 7-9
Des Moines 14-7
Cimarron 8-6
Roy 1-3
Wagon Mound 7-3
Springer 14-2
District 2-1A
NM School for the Deaf 7-10
Temple Baptist 9-7
Desert Academy 6-12
Evangel Christian 2-8
To’Hajillee 8-8
Victory Christian 0-4
District 3-1A
Elida 18-1
Melrose 8-13
Floyd 11-10
Dora 15-5
Fort Sumner 12-6
District 4-1A
Logan 7-13
House 10-12
San Jon 2-18
Grady 11-9
Clovis Christian 11-12
Mosquero 1-8
District 5-1A
Animas 12-8
Quemado 9-13
Reserve 5-9
Cliff 23-0
District 6-1A
Alamo Navajo 0-17
Magdalena 6-14
Gallup Catholic 5-13
Tse Yi Gai High School 5-9
District 7-1A
Carrizozo 14-8
Mountainair 10-11
Corona 1-9
Hondo 11-7
Vaughn 9-8
District 8-1A
Lake Arthur 3-14
Valley Christian 6-12
Gateway Christian 11-9
Tatum 14-6
Hagerman 20-2

Girls
Class 5A
District 1-5A
West Mesa 9-13
Rio Rancho 15-5
Cibola 17-5
Gallup 12-7
District 2-5A
La Cueva 19-2
Albuquerque High 1-21
Santa Fe 10-12
Sandia 12-11
Valley 16-7
District 3-5A
Onate 6-14
Gadsden 6-17
Las Cruces High 13-8
Mayfield 15-6
Alamogordo 18-4
District 4-5A
Hobbs 12-12
Carlsbad 7-13
Clovis 10-14
District 5-5A
Los Lunas 9-14
Manzano 7-15
Highland 10-11
Rio Grande 14-8
Eldorado 16-6
Class 4A
District 1-4A
Piedra Vista 6-12
Farmington 0-21
Shiprock 10-5
Aztec 10-9
Kirtland Central 19-3
District 2-4A
Capital High School 7-15
Bernalillo 6-17
Taos 10-12
Los Alamos 13-9
Espanola Valley 3-12
District 3-4A
Santa Teresa 6-17
Silver 12-12
Deming 12-10
District 4-4A
Goddard 14-10
Roswell 14-8
Artesia 16-6
District 5-4A
Del Norte 8-14
Grants 7-13
Academy 8-14
Belen 8-11
St. Pius 18-2
Moriarty 19-2

Class 3A
District 1-3A
Bloomfield 4-18
Crownpoint 11-10
Wingate 6-12
Newcomb 8-12
Zuni 9-10
Tohatchi 9-10
DIstrict 2-3A
St. Michael’s 17-5
Robertson 11-11
W. Las Vegas 9-9
Raton 6-9
Pojoaque 20-2
Santa Fe Indian 18-3
District 3-3A
Chaparral 4-17
Cobre 7-13
Hatch Valley 11-10
Hot Springs 3-17
Socorro 17-4
District 4-3A
Lovington 12-10
Portales 11-9
Dexter 10-10
Ruidoso 13-8
District 5-3A
Laguna Acoma 11-10
Hope Christian 15-8
Sandia Prep 11-10
Cuba 3-12
Thoreau 15-5

Class 2A
District 1-2A
Ramah 0-15
Rehoboth 13-7
Navajo Pine 18-4
Pine Hill 13-8
Navajo Prep 11-3
District 2-2A
Escalante 10-12
Jemez Valley 9-8
Dulce 3-15
Coronado 18-4
District 3-2A
McCurdy 13-8
Penasco 8-11
Mesa Vista 2-11
Questa 5-9
District 4-2A
Pecos 4-11
Santa Fe Prep 1-11
Mora 15-7
Monte del Sol 2-6
District 5-2A
Mesilla Valley Christian 5-10
Cloudcroft 6-11
Tularosa 9-8
Mescalero 14-9
Lordsburg 14-7
District 6-2A
Tucumcari 3-13
Santa Rosa 11-9
Clayton 9-10
Texico 18-2
District 7-2A
Jal 13-10
Eunice 4-13
Loving 4-8
Capitan 10-7
District 8-2A
Estancia 14-8
Menaul 1-14
East Mountain 2-8
Bosque School 9-8

Class 1A
District 1-1A
Cimarron 15-4
Roy 4-3
Springer 4-14
Des Moines 11-6
District 2-1A
Desert Academy 11-4
Evangel Christian 3-8
Temple Baptist 7-10
NM School for the Deaf 7-9
To’Hajillee 17-4
District 3-1A
Floyd 12-10
Melrose 10-10
Fort Sumner 8-10
Elida 19-3
Dora 8-7
District 4-1A
Grady 15-8
Clovis Christian 11-12
San Jon 0-9
House 7-10
Logan 8-9
Mosquero 1-5
District 5-1A
Reserve 5-13
Quemado 5-11
Animas 15-5
Cliff 21-2
District 6-1A
Gallup Catholic 14-6
Alamo Navajo 6-12
Magdalena 18-3
Tse Yi Gai 4-9
District 7-1A
Corona 1-9
Carrizozo 5-10
Vaughn 2-14
Mountainair 9-14
Hondo Valley 2-9
District 8-1A
Gateway Christian 4-15
Hagerman 16-6
Valley Christian 6-11
Tatum 8-9
Lake Arthur 3-6

District Basketball 3-5A Standings, Feb. 11

Boys
Gadsden 13-10, 4-1
Alamogordo 12-11, 3-2
Mayfield 12-8, 2-2
Onate 11-10, 2-3
LCHS 6-15, 1-4
Friday’s Games
Alamogordo 73, Las Cruces High 66
Onate 61, Gadsden 43
Tuesday's Games
Mayfield at Gadsden, 7:30 p.m.
Onate at Las Cruces High, 7:30 p.m.

Girls
Alamogordo 18-4, 4-1
Las Cruces High 13-8, 4-1
Mayfield 15-6, 2-2
Onate 6-14, 1-4
Gadsden 6-17, 1-4
Friday's Game
Las Cruces High 52, Alamogordo 41
Gadsden 36, Onate 33
Tuesday's Games
Gadsden at Mayfield, 7:30 p.m.
Las Cruces High at Onate, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saturday's NM Prep Hoops Scores, Feb. 9

BOYS BASKETBALL
Artesia 70, Ruidoso 55
Bosque School 62, Santa Fe Prep 51
Cibola 62, West Mesa 47
Cimarron 94, Wagon Mound 79
Cliff 76, Reserve 44
Crownpoint 56, Newcomb 39
Escalante 45, Dulce 42
Grady 78, House 50
Lovington 62, Dexter 24
Mesilla Valley 61, Cloudcroft 56
Mora 57, Pecos 42
Pojoaque 61, Robertson 47
Portales 50, NMMI 39
Questa 59, Coronado 56
St. Michael’s 64, Raton 35
St. Pius 69, Grants 64
Tatum 63, Melrose 51
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Cliff 57, Reserve 20
Clovis Christian 59, San Jon 38
Goddard 51, Roswell 45
Grady 16, House 13
Lordsburg 67, Mescalero Apache 44
Mesilla Valley 50, Cloudcroft 34
Rio Rancho 25, Gallup 20

Antonio Escalante wins

Junior featherweight contender Antonio Escalante (17-2, 10 KOs), of El Paso, defeated Jose Angel Beranza (30-12-2, 25 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. Scores were 100-92, 96-94, 98-92.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Gadsden has new football coach

The Gadsden Panthers have hired Jim Hite as their new football coach. Hite has coached for 36 years in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.
He served as an assistant coach this year at Mayfield High School.
Hite replaces Jeff Johnson, who left after two years to be an assistant coach at OƱate High School. See more in Sunday's Las Cruces Sun-News

— Felix

Friday's Prep Basketball Scores, Feb. 8

Boys Basketball
Alamogordo 73, Las Cruces 66
Albuquerque Academy 81, Moriarty 42
Artesia 61, Carlsbad 50
Clovis 92, Hobbs 74
Deming 62, Silver 60
Des Moines 71, Cimarron 69
Farmington 43, Piedra Vista 42
Floyd 59, Fort Sumner 49
Hagerman 49, Gateway Christian 47
Hatch Valley 73, Hot Springs 55
Hope Christian 76, Cuba 36
La Cueva 87, Santa Fe 63
Lordsburg 63, Tularosa 51
Loving 85, Jal 62
Onate 61, Gadsden 43
Penasco 64, McCurdy 62
Questa 78, Mesa Vista 75
Rio Rancho 85, Gallup 78
Roswell 71, Goddard 57
Sandia 51, Valley 33
Sandia Prep 77, Laguna-Acoma 51
Socorro 88, Chaparral 73
Tatum 49, Victory Christian 33
Texico 55, Tucumcari 32
Girls Basketball
Artesia 58, Carlsbad 48
Bernalillo 65, Capital 51
Bosque School 56, Santa Fe Prep 20
Deming 57, Silver 32
Fort Sumner 46, Floyd 38
Gallup Catholic 71, Ramah 39
Hagerman 53, Gateway Christian 28
Hatch Valley 49, Hot Springs 30
Highland 50, Manzano 46
Hobbs 35, Clovis 31
Hope Christian 56, Cuba 21
Jal 70, Loving 53
Las Cruces 52, Alamogordo 41
Los Alamos 49, Taos 37
Mora 68, Pecos 22
Moriarty 42, Albuquerque Academy 18
Newcomb 54, Crownpoint 38
Rio Grande 43, Los Lunas 36
Santa Fe Indian 52, West Las Vegas 47
Socorro 63, Chaparral 27
Texico 74, Tucumcari 9
Tohatchi 56, Wingate 43
West Mesa 42, Cibola 37

Pavlik, Jermain Taylor Rematch

When Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik meet on Feb. 16 in Las Vegas, Nev., it will be a rematch of one of the most exciting fights of 2007.

The 32-0 Pavlik stunned many by knocking out the 27-0 Taylor in the seventh round. Taylor, who was a 2000 Olympian, nearly stopped Pavlik in the second round of that fight. But Pavlik turned the tables and stunned Taylor.

Pavlik is a workmanlike fighter, who carries with him a big punch and a never say die attitude. There were probably many who thought Pavlik wouldn't make it big. In fact while Taylor was appearing on big shows, Pavlik was slowly but surely making his way to the top.

Now he's the champ and Taylor is the one that has had to readdress his career.

"It's not important that there is a title at stake," said Taylor during a recent national teleconference. "I just wanted to fight him again. I know I can beat the guy. I don't believe that a lack of title takes away any interest in the fight. The question is can he do it again or was he just lucky."

Taylor said he has thought about the second round of their first fight a few times. He had Pavlik seriously hurt, but just couldn't put the finishing touches.

"I underestimated Kelly," Taylor admitted. "I'm not trying to prove anything, this about me and going in there and making him look like nothing. I was beating him last time and I wasn't even at my best. If I get him in trouble again, I'll finish him, I'll put more punches together. The last time I didn't do what I needed to do."

Taylor has changed trainers for this fight, leaving world class trainer Emanuel Steward for longtime amateur trainer and advisor Ozell Nelson.

"I'm not dissatisfied with Emanuel," Taylor said. "He taught me a lot and I still use things he taught me. Me and Ozell know each other well and we're confident heading into this fight."

Added Nelson: "For this fight we are doing a lot of gut checking work, a lot of work on the bags. I want to make sure this time around that he will be in good shape and able to take Kelly out in the late rounds. He'll have the stamina to finish him. Emanuel Steward is a great trainer. We looked at Jermain last time and he was looking great. We all took Kelly lightly. Now we know Kelly comes to fight and this time we won't leave any stones unturned."

Taylor sounded focused, confident and willing to engage Pavlik in any type of fight that transpires on Feb. 16.

Taylor probably needs this fight more than Pavlik. A loss would diminish Taylor's marketability as a fighter and one would have to wonder about the confidence of Taylor if he lost again.

I expect Taylor to be in better shape and to fight a smarter, more conservative fight against Pavlik. He needs to stay out of Pavlik's punching range because the actual rise in weight could help Pavlik.

There are reports that Taylor struggled with the weight prior to the first fight and if that is the case, the six pounds should help.

"If he wasn't a great champion, Jermain wouldn't have taken the fight," said Taylor promoter Lou DiBella. "Jermain knew people wanted to see the fight. He never runs away from the challenge."

The Pavlik/Taylor rematch will be fun, but I expect Taylor to rebound and win a close, but unanimous decision.

— Felix