'Prospect' in Sunland Championship

Prospect To The Top in The Championship at Sunland Park

Q-Racing Journal
December 27, 2012

Joel Tavarez’s champion Prospect To the Top, who returned to racing this summer after standing to his first book of mares, looks to conclude his comeback with a pair of Grade 1 victories when he starts in the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) over 400 yards on Sunday afternoon.

Prospect To The Top (Coronas Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed) returned to racing this summer in peak form. In his return at Ruidoso Downs, he was second by just a head in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) and then pulled away for a three-quarter-length win as the 13-10 favorite in the 440-yard All American Gold Cup (G3).

The 4-year-old ran a “throw out” race in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1), finishing sixth, at Lone Star Park and the regained his form with a 1 3/4-length win in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1), his latest start on December 2.

Wootan Racing and Reed Land and Cattle Co.’s Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) is winless since taking the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) back in May. However, he has placed in three important stakes. The gelding raced to runner-up finishes as the favorite in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), Leo Stakes (G1) and the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge (G2), and had a third-place run in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1).

In his most recent race, he was well beaten by Prospect To The Top in the Zia Park Championship after being sent off as the 3-2 favorite.

Steve Denny’s The Long Knife (Tac It Like A Man-Oodles Of Cash by Hooked On Cash) makes his first start at Sunland Park after winning the $377,219 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park on November 10 at nearly 30-1 odds. Last year, the Sleepy Gilbreath-trained gelding was second in the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and was fourth in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

Melissa Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash) has reached peak form this fall for trainer Paul Jones. After a third-place run in the $2,235,000 All American Derby (G1), he won the $199,000 Hobbs America Derby (G2) and was third behind older horses in the Zia Park Championship.

Telling No Lies Partnership’s DM Streakn Thru Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Shashay N Six by Sixarun) is in top form for hot trainer Mike Joiner after a three-quarter-length win in the Lovington Stakes and then finishing second in the Zia Park Championship, behind Prospect To The Top and ahead of Jess Featureme Quick.

The race is the 10th on Sunland’s Sunday card, with a post time of 4:05 p.m. (mountain time). Fans can watch the race at www.qracingvideo.com. Starting at approximately 3:15 p.m., racing commentators Tom Dawson and Chris Kotulak will be broadcasting an enhanced program via the live streaming. They will cover not only the Championship at Sunland, but also preview some of the championship categories for the 2012 racing champions.