Nuggets Please closes fast to win $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Stakes
Rose’s Desert cruises to win $85,000 New Mexico St. Racing Commission Handicap
Nuggets Please closed with a furious rush to win the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
Under jockey Derek Bell, Nuggets Please fired a career best to defeat stable mate Our Choice by 2 and 1/4 lengths in a dramatic finish. Both horses were trained by Justin Evans who ranks as the 10th leading Thoroughbred trainer in the country in terms of races won. His new star defeated a field which carried over $3 million in lifetime earnings.
Nuggets Please has thrived under the care of Evans in recent months. The former $15,000 claimer ripped through his first career stakes win in a time of 1:17.30. He has 7 wins overall. Bell kept his mount free and clear of traffic issues and was nearly 9-wide coming off the far turn. The stretch runner kicked into high gear after racing in last place at the half mile marker. Nuggets Please raced as a 14-1 under dog and paid $30.20 to win. He picked up a $51,000 payday for the Stable H. M. A. of Tempe, Arizona.
Our Choice, last season’s top older New Mexico-bred sprinter, also ran a terrific race but had to settle for second place honors. The powerful closing son of Desert God closed with interest in upper stretch after racing 8-wide on the turn. The valiant runner-up was ridden by Ry Eikleberry. He is also owned by the Stable H. M. A. The all-Justin Evans – Stable H.M.A. exacta paid a strong $166.20 on a $1 ticket.
The pace setting Mostly Dust finished in third after leading for much of the six and one-half furlongs. The Weston Martin trainee held on to third place, over 3 lengths in front of Attitude E Racer.
The impeccable New Mexico-bred filly Rose’s Desert dominated her foes by 5 lengths in the $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap at six furlongs.
She caught the distance in a good 1:11 under a snug hold with speed in reserve.
When jockey Casey Lambert asked for run, Rose’s Desert responded with a bold run and completely engulfed the front runners. The multiple stakes winning filly roared to the front and open up a sizeable. Lambert simply hand rode the champion through the stretch for a commanding victory. Rose’s Desert collected her seventh career win and successfully defended her 2011 title in the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap.
Under the direction of Todd Fincher, Rose’s Desert has scored four stakes wins and has won seven of her 10 career starts. The prohibitive favorite earned $51,000 for owner Joe Peacock. Already considered one of the all-time best New Mexico-bred fillies, Rose’s Desert carries a bankroll of over $420,000.
Gossip Dome made a nice late move for trainer Jamie Zamora to earned second place. The runner-up was no threat to the winner but ran courageously under jockey Ry Eikleberry. Mulitple stakes winning filly Iplaytricks finished third with a late effort under jockey Ken Tohill. Iplaytricks was coming off a stakes win over Rose’s Desert at Zia Park last October.