Trainer Joel Marr continued his tremendous meet by winning his fourth stakes race with That’s Who in the $110,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Racing as the 6-5 favorite, That’s Who responded in kind with his second straight stakes win of the meet in the 6 furlong stakes race for New Mexico-bred three-year-olds. Under regular pilot Ry Eikleberry, That’s Who drafted off the front running Grey Bird rounding the turn for home. Coming into the stretch, the well bred Quinton’s Gold gelding shot to the front and never looked back. The triple stakes winner stormed home to a 3 length victory in a time of 1:10.45.
With his win in the Pepsi Cola, That’s Who earned a $66,000 paycheck for longtime owners Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas. He improved his sterling record to 5 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds from 8 starts. The impeccable sprinter is out of the Hadif mare Rama Lassie. His career bankroll is closing in on $300,000.
That’s Who won the Red Hedeman Mile last December and also won the New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile at Zia Park.
Marr saddled Desert Hennessy to stakes wins in both the $110,000 Johnie L. Jamison Stakes and the $110,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap this season.
Grey Bird ran a gallant race under jockey Ken Tohill. The grey gelding by Silver Season applied ample pressure early and led by a half length. He swept through fractions of 21.86 and 44.77 seconds but could not maintain his speed through the stretch. The Cal Martin trainee finished second, finishing a half-length in front of May Weather. The runner-up earned $23,100 for owners Janice Johnston and Marjorie Martin.
E Bar Way finished a distant fourth under jockey Duane Sterling.
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:25 p.m. The $50,000 El Paso Times Stakes is the featured 10th race. Both AFC and NFC Conference Championship games can be seen at the track on Sunday.