Brothers Back in Mesilla

Full brothers Here Kittykittykitty and One Diamond Kitty face off in Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap.

March 7, 2012

The Jay and Mary Lou Standefer-bred brothers Here Kittykittykitty and One Diamond Kitty, each by Genuine Strawfly and out of the Now I Know mare One Diamond Cat, meet once again in the $110,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-breds over 350 yards on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.

Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty, the younger brother at 5, was sixth in last year’s Mesilla and then was away from the track until December. He came back in the Jess Burner Handicap (RG1) to win by a neck over Quatro Menudos, while One Diamond Kitty finished third. The Wes Giles-trained gelding raced the 400 yards in :19.263 to take the Jess Burner.

Here Kittykittykitty came back against open company in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) to finish in fifth behind world champion Cold Cash 123.

A & C Racing and Roping’s One Diamond Kitty was third in the Mesilla a year ago and has two starts under his girth at Sunland Park during the current meet. After his third-place finish in the Jess Burner, the 6-year-old came back for trainer Paul Jones to finish fourth as the favorite with a troubled trip in a $50,000 optional-claiming race.

Genuine American (Genuine Strawfly-All American Beauty by Streakin Six) and A First Caller (Calligrapher-Might Be A First by First Down Dash) ran 1-2 in that optional-claiming race and are back in the Mesilla.

Owned by J & L Stables with Fredda Draper, Genuine American should be dangerous in the Mesilla after two wins in his two outs at Sunland Park. He won a $40,000 optional-claiming race for trainer Carl Draper before gamely winning the $50,000 optional-claiming race.

Last summer, Genuine American was second behind stablemate Jenuine Joy in the Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.

Richard Shearer’s A First Caller, winner of the New Mexico Breeders Championship (RG3) back in November, fought with Genuine American for the lead in the $50,000 optional-claiming race before coming up a neck short at the wire at 14-1 odds.