Sunland Park conditioner Justin Evans finished 2012 was the nation’s 8th leading trainer with 163 Thoroughbred wins from 632 starters. Evans completed the dream season with a 26 per cent winning clip. The 31-year-old trainer currently leads the trainer standings at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino with 14 wins and was the trainer champion at SunRay Park, the Downs at Albuquerque and Zia Park. His stable earned nearly $2.5 million last year. He saddled Nuggets Please and Our Choice to a 1-2 finish in the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Stakes at Sunland Park on opening weekend.
Evans acquired a strong contingent of runners from Del Mar last summer and will be visiting Keeneland sales this weekend in hopes of gaining more stock.
Last season’s Sunland Park training champion Henry Dominguez finished the year as the 18th leading trainer on the country with 137 wins.
The Michael Joiner trainer duo of Krazy Good and An Absolut Diamond look very tough in the Saturday’s 41st running of the $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes at 400 yards. Both Ketel Won geldings won their trial heats impressively and were the top two qualifiers. G.R. Carter rides An Absolut Diamond and Salvador Martinez will be aboard Krazy Good in the featured 5th race.
Forest Mouse, New Mexico’s leading older stakes horse, will be gunning for the $50,000 Winsham Lad Stakes title on Sunday at one mile and 70 yards. In 2012, Forest Mouse earned over $271,000 from 4 wins including victories in the Zia Park Distance Championship at Zia Park and the Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship. Ry Eikleberry rides the five-year-old for trainer Henry Dominguez. His arch rival and stable mate Global Stage will also be running in the 10th race with the hot riding Alejandro Medellin.
2011 Kentucky Derby finalist Watch Me Go, $692,796 stakes winner Red Lead and Zia Park Derby winner Ol Winedrinker Who are part of a terrific field.
Post time on Saturday and Sunday is 12:25 p.m.