Rollickin Red Looks For Amends in Challenger Six

Rollickin Red looks to make amends in the Challenger Six Handicap.

December 13, 2012

Rollickin Red Partners’ Rollickin Red tries to find the winner’s circle once again in the $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap on Saturday at Sunland Park after having a six-race winning streak end in his latest start.

The Challenger Six Handicap is contested over 870 yards for New Mexico-breds.

Rollickin Red (Roll Hennessy Roll (TB)-Deeheiress by Mr Jess Perry) started his winning streak last February in a $12,500 maiden claiming race and did not lose until he was second by a neck in the $140,000 New Mexico Cup Classic 870 Championship (R) as the 3-5 favorite on October 28.

Trained by Todd Fincher, Rollickin Red has made his three most recent starts against state-breds in 870-yard stakes. He won the $75,000 New Mexico Horseman’s Association Handicap (R) at SunRay Park and the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

Kathryn Maynard and Carla Feerer’s homebred KC Royal Flush (Sixes Royal-Willie May Dash by Willie Wanta Dash) beat Rollickin Red in the New Mexico Cup Classic 870 Championship by making a four-wide move after being steadied at the 3/8ths pole. The Dominic Duree-trained gelding then raced against open horses and finished fourth in the $55,000 King Rick Rack Stakes.

The Tony Sedillo-owned and -trained DE Wagons Strawfly (Genuine Strawfly-Wagons Maiden by Calligrapher) was a surprising second in the King Rick Rack Stakes at nearly 16-1 odds. The 3-year-old won his maiden in his 870-yard debut in September and won an optional claiming race in October.