El Paso, TX — High Test Gal shocked her rivals with a 15-1 upset win in the $85,000 Enchantress Stakes going one mile at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
On paper, High Test Gal looked to be in deep water faces the likes of multiple stakes winners Lady Genius and That’s The Idea. But the 2-turn distance of the Enchantress was well within her wheelhouse, and the daughter of High Octane delivered in a big way. Under aggressive handling from jockey Francisco Giles, High Test Gal forced the issue from the two-path and gradually wore down the 6-5 favorite That’s The Idea.
Passing the quarter mile marker, High Test Gal was gone and nearly 7 lengths in front by mid-stretch. The New Mexico-bred two-year-old filly sped away for a stunning 5 and 1/2 length victory over a strong field. The Poppy Aldavaz trained runner clocked the distance in 1:39.35 for her first career stakes win. High Test Gal earned $51,000 for owner Denton Crozier of Hobbs, New Mexico. The promising freshman owns 3 wins from 6 career starts.
2013 Copper Top Futurity winner Lady Genius found her best strides too late and finished second. The well decorated 2-time stakes champion fought gallantly but was no threat to the winner. The runner-up was ridden by Carlos Madeira for trainer Dallas Barton. Lady Genius was coming off a rousing win in the $130,000 Eddy County Stakes at Zia Park.
Rollsetroll closed with a rush in deep stretch to finish third, 2 and 1/2 lengths in front of That’s The Idea. The latter held the lead for nearly 6 furlongs but had to peace. During the stretch run, she could no longer find any energy reserves and finished a weary fourth. The 2-time stakes winner is trained by Henry Dominguez.
Dismissed at 20-1, Desert Delight Cash won by a nose over Jessiana in the $85,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap going 400 yards. The former $12,500 claimer with jockey Larry Gamez beat the best older female New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses with a career best performance.
Winning for the fourth time in 2013, Desert Delight Cash broke strongly and withstood a late advance from Jessiana on the far outside. The winner trained by Eduardo Gonzalez was all out at the wire and paid $42.20 to win. The victory was her 5th overall from 17 starts. She is a four-year-old filly by Streakaway Cash. The 2013 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini champion earned $51,000 for the Red Fox Carriers, Inc. of El Paso, Texas.
Jessiana, the 5-2 favorite, ran a bold race for trainer Mike Joiner and just missed in second place. The Jesse James, Jr. filly was seeking her first career stakes win following an allowance victory at Zia Park. Runnin Sixes finished a close third in a tight blanket finish. Fourth place finisher Sandys Jesse sparked a ten cent Superfecta payoff worth $1,084.34.
Get Down Bambi missed her break completely and finished sixth. Stakes winners Aful Alibi, Call Me A Blazn Chic and Incoho Tes wound up at the back of the pack.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.