Lineage Day Recap
New Mexico-breds compete in four stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.
August 26, 2012
The Downs at Albuquerque showcased New Mexico-breds on Sunday with a full card of stakes for Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses on Lineage Day.
In the featured Quarter Horse event of the afternoon, Mary and Melvin Neugebauer’s homebred Miracle Snow got up to capture the $50,000 Lineage Championship Stakes (RG3) for older horses at 400 yards. The 8-year-old Dean Miracle gelding stopped the timer at :19.290 with Jorge Bourdieu up for trainer Wesley Giles. This victory was the 12th in 45 career starts for Miracle Snow and pushed his bankroll to just short of $450,000. The veteran gelding has competed on Lineage Day every year since 2007 and also won the Lineage Championship in 2010.
In Famous Caper crossed the wire second but was disqualified and placed fourth for interference. That moved De Genuine Queen up to second and Klassic Strawfly to third.
In the $50,000 Pelican Stakes (RG3) for 3-year-old fillies, J and M Racing and Farm’s Call Me A Blazn Chic, the winner of last year’s Zia Futurity (RG1), got up to prevail by a neck. Esgar Ramirez rode the Chicks A Blazin filly for conditioner Alejandro Sanchez. Bred by Mike Abraham, Call Me A Blazn Chic increased her earnings to $438,535 with a record of 12-4-3-3. She covered 400 yards in :19.415.
Gotloveifyouwantit had an early lead and held on for second with Wish You Had One To in third.
In the Hard Twist Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds, RCJ Major Storm scored a mild upset by a half-length at odds of 7-1. The Brookstone Bay colt took the lead right out of the gate and was never headed before hitting the wire in :19.400 under jockey Felipe Garcia-Luna. The bay runs for owners Alagar Racing LLC and was bred by Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Jones. This marked the first stakes win for RCJ Major Storm, who has won four of 10 career starts with earnings of $76,636.
Second-place went to Two Shine with Rare N Hot in third.
Distance horses competed in the $50,000 John Augustine Stakes (R) at 870 yards, and Pakea Bay just got up at the wire to prevail by a head in :44.842. Dusty Shepherd piloted the Brookstone Bay gelding for owners David Barrett and Sue May and trainer Fred Danley. The 4-year-old earned $27,500 for his first stakes win and has now banked $113,631 with seven victories in 21 trips to the post. Pakea Bay was bred by Dirk Jones.
The Real Rabbit finished second but was disqualified to seventh for interference, which made Affluent Boy the second-place finisher and put KC Royal Flush in third.
Also on the card, Sunny Situation won the $12,100 Lineage Day Claiming Stakes at 400 yards. Owned and trained by Martin Perez, the Jacksboro gelding ran the distance in :19.827 with Isaias Cardenas aboard.
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