She’smylittleman stormed from off the pace to take an emphatic win in the 12th running of the $50,000 Czaria Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Under jockey Alejandro Medellin, She’smylittleman took off in upper stretch and never looked back en route to an easy 3 and 1/4 length score in the six furlong feature for fillies and mares. The Tommy Town Thoroughbreds owned mare pulled well clear of Squiggle in deep stretch and sped to a winning time of 1:09.28.
Racing as the 3-1 shot, She’smylittleman earned her 8th career win from 23 starts. The winner’s purse of $30,000 pushed the sprinter’s career earnings past $208,000. Sunland Park’s leading Thoroughbred trainer Henry Dominguez saddled the winner.
Dominguez is set for a busy upcoming week. His Sunland Derby (Gr. III) runner-up Isn’t He Clever and 2-time Harry Henson Handicap winner Twelve Twenty Two are headed to Oaklawn Park next week. Isn’t He Clever has an appointment in the $1 million Grade 1 Arkansas Derby next Saturday. Twelve Twenty Two runs in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Stakes (Grade 1) on Friday. Both star Sunland Park runners are locally owned by Kirk and Judy Robison.
Squiggle finished with energy in the Czaria Stakes to gain second place under jockey Ry Eikleberry. Hot Citizen finished a half length back in third. Came West, the 7-5 favorite, finished sixth after dueling for the early lead.
Rex Hill blasted to a one and one-half length victory in the $50,500 New Mexican Spring Fling at 300 yards on the undercard. Trained by Carlos Sedillo, Rex Hill broke like a bullet and hit the wire in complete control. Jockey Joe Martinez rode the New Mexico-bred two-year-old son of Jesse James Jr. to a time of 14.931 seconds. He earned $30,300 for owners David and Ross Hinkins.
Live racing resumes on Easter Sunday at 12:45 p.m. A terrific 12-race card is planned featuring the $120,510 Bank of America New Mexico Challenge Championship (3rd race) at 440 yards and the $251,358 New Mexican Spring Futurity (4th race) at 300 yards. Rylees Boy seeks a three-peat in the regional Challenge Championship. Conn Creek was the top qualifier for the New Mexican Spring Futurity for red hot trainer Carlos Sedillo and owner Paul Blanchard. The Solo 6 carryover pool is $16,755.74