Showdown in Red Cell Sunland Challenge

Top horses to face off in Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge

Q-Racing Journal
March 28, 2013

A field of top horses, including the winners of the two trials, Hauling The Cash and DM Streakn Thru Fire, are set for a showdown in the $50,000 Red Cell Sunland Distance Challenge (G3) on Sunday afternoon at the track near El Paso.

J and M Racing and Farm’s Hauling The Cash (Holland Ease-Take The Cash Willie by Takin On The Cash) won the first trial in front-running style by three-quarters of a length while being sent off at 6-1 odds. His time of :45.191 led the qualifiers and the next two finishers had the second-and third-fastest qualifying times.

Hauling The Cash scored his first win from seven starts over 870 yards in the trial. He finished in a dead heat for third in the Getaway Stakes over the distance about a year ago at Sunland Park.

DM Streakn Thru Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Sashay N Six by Sixarun) could have a very bright future as an 870-yard competitor because he possesses solid stakes credentials at the Grade 1 level at shorter distances and impressed in his 870-yard debut. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding dueled on the lead and then easily pulled away to win by a handy 1 1/2 lengths. He was timed in :45.489.

Owned by James Sturdivant, Terry Wooten and Joe David Yates, DM Streakn Thru Fire was a close third behind world champion Cold Cash 123 in the 2011 Rainbow Derby (G1) and then last fall won the Lovington Stakes (G2) and was second behind two-time champion Prospect To The Top in the Zia Park Championship (G1).

Last year’s champion distance horse All About Larry (Heza Motor Scooter-Come Hell Or Hiwater by Shoot Yeah) will be trying to rebound from a fourth-place at 2-5 odds behind DM Streakn Thru Fire in their trial.

Owned by Diane Heath and trained by John Stinebaugh, All About Larry earned his championship with four stakes wins over the year and concluding his 2012 campaign with successive wins in the Master Salls Handicap, the Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge and the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1).