Hauling The Cash Tops Red Cell Sunland Trials

Eight finalists set to return to New Mexico track on March 31.

March 8, 2013

Making his first start as 4-year-old, Hauling The Cash bounced back from a seventh-place finish in the Sunland Park Winter Derby (G2) to set the top qualifying time on Friday afternoon for the Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3).

The eight fastest qualifiers will return to the Southeastern New Mexico racetrack on March 31 and vie for the winner's share of a $50,000-added purse and a starting spot in the $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) next fall at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Under jockey Macario Rodriguez, Hauling The Cash defeated Jess A Traffic Jam by three-quarters in the first of two trials to set the top qualifying mark of :45.191 for 870 yards. Kristopher Cordova conditions the Holland Ease gelding for J and M Racing and Farm.

Bred in Texas by Simmons Ranch, the gelding has won three of 13 starts and earned $32,920. He is out of the Takin On The Cash mare Take The Cash Willie.

Also making his first appearance around the turn, DM Streakn Thru Fire, under jockey Casey Lambert, raced to a 1 ½-length victory in the second trial to post the second-fastest time of :45.487.

The Walk Thru Fire 5-year-old races for James Sturdivant, Terry Wood and Joe David Yates. Michael Joiner trains the Grade 2 winner out of Sashay N Six, by Sixarun. Bred in Oklahoma by Don Moler, DM Streakin Thru Fire has earned $418,853.

Reigning Distance Champion All About Larry finished a tiring fourth while making his first appearance since winning the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship in track record time last fall at Prairie Meadows. The Heza Motor Scooter 6-year-old qualified with the seventh-fastest time.

For the complete list of finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.