Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Final weekend of racing shaping up

The final weekend of racing is shaping up to be a solid one at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

The big race is Sunday's Sunland Park Handicap, which will contested at one and 1/8th miles for a purse of $140,000. The eight-horse field looks to be a dandy. Entered are Dumar, Going Ballistic, Jacobino, Ketchikan, Quiet Again, read Lead, Lemon Custard, Tie Rod. This race is filled with horses who have run at different tracks around the country and who are serious threats.

Tie Rod has won 9 of 31, Read Lead has hit the board in 11 of 13, Dumar won two races back at Fairgrounds in New Orleans and is trained by Steve Asmussen and Going Ballistic won a stakes races ar Remington Park in Oklahoma. It's a very good field with plenty of betting options.

Also on Sunday is the 300-yard West Texas Futurity, which features the very good First Class Lacy B, He's Too Icy for me and Decadencia.

Saturday also features a pair of races for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds in the Copper Top Futurity for fillies and the Copper Top Futurity for colts and geldings.

In the fillies division, the clear cut favorite is Shamrock Girl, who is 2-for-2 in her career for trainer and owner David Wolochuk. Shamrock Girl will get Pat Valenzuela aboard. Another horse in that race to watch out for is Tin Can Kitty, who won her trial back on March 30 by four lengths for trainer Carlos Sedillo.

In the colts and geldings race, it's a bit more wide open. Todd Fincher trained Dodson is a serious threat, as is Red Rock Springs, Ting and Verny.

Post time both days is 12:55 p.m. The actual last day of the Sunland meet is Tuesday, April 20.

- Felix