El Paso, TX — Leading trainer Justin Evans continued his dominance at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino by saddling Warrens Venedalucy to victory in the $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap on Saturday.
Under jockey Alfredo Juarez, Jr., Warrens Venedalucy overpowered the speedy Crafty Contessa to win the five and one-half furlong distaff feature by three parts of a length. The former $8,000 claimer at Hollywood Park ran a bold race to collect her first stakes win and fifth win overall. Warrens Venedalucy was coming off a productive fall campaign at Zia Park where she won two races for the Evans stable and was 4th in the Chaves County Stakes. The Bold Ego champion is a four-year-old California-bred daughter of Doc Gus. Her victory on Saturday was worth $30,000 to the Ace Racing Stable led by Vanessa West. The winning time through the cold blustery conditions was 1:03.74. The 5-1 shot paid $12.40 to win for all her loyal supporters.
Crafty Contessa fought very hard throughout the race for trainer Weston Martin. The fast starting speedster led for much of the race but could not hold off the winner in deep stretch. She had to settle for second place under jockey Irwin Rosendo.
Zia Park Distaff winner Wine Thief found her best strides a little too late and finished third. The Justin Evans trained runner was full of momentum and finished only one length behind the winner. Joyful Tap was fourth.
Evans also saddled Nuggets Please to victory on Saturday. The young conditioner is ranked in the top 10 nationally among trainers for races won. He is quickly closing in on 185 winners for 2013. He has 17 Sunland Park wins in less than 3 weeks of the young meet.
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. The 51st running of the $104,800 Riley Allison Futurity at one mile is the featured 10th race. Gold Rush Futurity winner Cloud Harbor and Governor’s Cup winner Alsono are two proven performers in the feature. Justin Evans trains both Alsono and the New York shipper Rebranded.
There will be no live racing at Sunland Park on Tuesday, Christmas Eve. Racing resumes with a special Thursday card (December 26) and continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.