El Paso, TX — Devons Ca Ching roared in the final furlong to take an authoritative 2 and ¼ length win in the $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Under a very clever ride from former Sunland Park jockey champion Joe Martinez, Devons Ca Ching settled nicely off a crackling pace in the four and one-half furlong speed test for New Mexico-bred older runners. Martinez guided the multiple stakes winner around rivals with a 4-wide advance, and the grey-roan son of Devon Lane responded boldly. Devons Ca Ching past the pace setting Agiba Yulla, and he glided home an easy winner in a time of 50.41 seconds.
Trained by H. Ray Ashford, Jr., Devons Ca Ching scored his 6th career win and earned a $51,000 paycheck for owner Lester Wright. Devons Ca Ching won the 2013 Roadrunner Handicap last summer at Ruidoso Downs and won the 2013 Pepsi Cola Handicap at Sunland Park. His career bankroll has swelled past $224,000. The 9-1 overlay paid a handsome $20.40 to win.
Thermal closed with energy to gain second place. The stretch running stakes winner found his best strides in the final stanza under jockey Aldo Arboleda.
Chica’s Minister suffered his first loss in five starts and finished third after racing wide. He won the New Mexico Classic Cup for three-year-olds last year at Zia Park.
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:55 p.m. The $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap at 350 yards is the featured 5th race. 2013 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap and 2012 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap winner Here Kittykittykitty is one of the favorites.