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Send Me A Candy Tree in Deep Lubbock Stakes

Grade 1 winner returns to Zia Park.

Q-Racing Journal
September 26, 2013

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Send Me A Candy Tree makes her first appearance at Zia Park since winning the 2011 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) when she faces a deep lineup of fillies and mares over 400 yards in the $55,000 Lubbock Stakes (G3) on Saturday afternoon.

Send Me A Candy Tree (Oak Tree Special-Send Me The Candy by Leaving Memories) is after her first victory since scoring back-to-back wins, in an optional-claiming race and an allowance race, this spring at Remington Park.

The Clinton Crawford-trained mare is on a form cycle that could lead to a Lubbock win. She was third, by a neck, in the Belle Stakes at Fair Meadows and then stepped up in class for the $53,100 Keokuk Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows and was second by just a nose to BF Farm Boy.

A pair of New Mexico-breds – Call Me A Blazn Chic (Chicks A Blazin-Willie Call Me by Calyx) and WDC Wendys Wine (Woodbridge-Signs Of Speeding by Vital Sign) – are ready to take on open distaffers in the Lubbock.

J and M Racing and Farms’ Call Me A Blazn Chic makes her first start since December when she had a troubled start, lost her path and finished seventh in the Lou Wooten Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park as the 3-5 favorite. The Kris Cordova-trained mare earned that favoritism with wins in the New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) and the Pelican Stakes (RG3) in her two previous stakes starts.

Call Me A Blazn Chic has been favored in nine of her latest 10 starts and has earned $543,000 during her 15-race career.

At Zia Park, she has three wins (two stakes) and a second-place run from four starts.

Alonso and Sylvia Aranda’s WDC Wendys Wine tries to break through with her first stakes score after placing in stakes in her four previous outs. After finishing third by two lengths in the Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge behind Feature Mr Who, she made it interesting in her next three outs. She was third by a head in the Four Corners Senorita Stakes (RG3), second by a nose in the Jim Drake Stakes (R) and second by a neck in the Lineage Championship (RG3) for trainer Isidro Rodriguez.