Prospect To The Top Wins Sunland Championship

Texas-bred gelding approaching millionaire status after second Grade 1 win in December.

December 30, 2012

Joel Tavarez’s Prospect To The Top earned his second Grade 1 victory of the month when he scored a half-length victory in Sunday’s $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park. The 4-year-old Coronas Prospect gelding opened up an early one-length lead under jockey Oscar Rincon and then cruised home under a hand ride to stop the timer at :19.033 for 400 yards. The Brandon Muniz trainee earned $210,000 for the victory to push his lifetime earnings to $977,150.

Bred in Texas by Sue May out of the Easily Smashed mare Cream To The Top, Prospect To The Top was sent off as the 5-2 favorite after winning the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on December 2. Earlier in the season he captured the All American Gold Cup (G3) and finished a close second in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs. Last year he won the West Texas Derby (G3) and Hobbs America Derby (G2) and finished second in the All American Derby (G1) to earn champion 3-year-old colt honors. A finalist in the All American Futurity (G1), Prospect To The Top has at least one graded stakes victory in each of this three years on the track. His record now stands at 22-10-5-2.

Melissa Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick, a Feature Mr Jess gelding who won this year’s Hobbs America Derby (G3) and finished third in the Zia Park Championship, earned $73,500 for running second with Saul Ramirez Jr. up for trainer Paul Jones.

Jones also sent out third-place finisher First Blazin Love, a New Mexico-bred colt by Chicks A Blazin running for Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell and Johnny Martinez. The colt has three stakes wins against state-bred company and this marked his first stakes-placing against open company.