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SUNLAND PARK, NM—APRIL 15, 2016—Under constant pressure throughout the 300-yard dash, jockey Jose Luis Enriquez and Suenos Dineros prevailed in a tight photo to take top honors in the 59th edition of the $230,132 West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Trained by Shae Cox for owner Victor Lozano of Denver City, Texas, Suenos Dineros broke alertly from his near-outside post position, battled for the lead immediately from the gate while being confronted by a variety of challengers.
Enriquez hustled the son of third crop sire Bodacious Dash to the finish line a neck in front of Mountain Holme, completing the 300 yards in a time of 15.29 seconds, earning a speed index of 88 with a 5-mph tailwind.
Bred in Texas by Eugene Therwhanger, Suenos Dineros was the fastest qualifier for the Futurity when trials were held here on March 24. Unbeaten in two lifetime starts, the $108,163 winner's share of the West Texas Futurity purse improves his career bankroll to more than $113,500. He is out of the Tres Seis mare Tres Suenos.
Mountain Holme, drawn just to the outside of the winner under jockey Ruben Calderon, narrowly finished ahead of Jm Katyln for the place, with Phantom Fury rounding out the top four finishers. The top six finishers in the Futurity were separated by no more than one length at the wire.
Jimmy Guerra, Jr. saddled Mountain Home, a daughter of Gone To The Mountain, for owner Eduardo Lugo. Curtis Crenwelge bred the gray filly in Texas from the Royal Quick Dash mare Quick Way Holme. Ridden by jockey Ruben Calderon Mountain Home earned $41424 for her effort.
Jm Katylyn, an Oklahoma-bred daughter of Christmas Cheer, races for owner/breeder J & M Racing and Farm and trainer Jose Ramirez, Sr. Manuel Gutierrez had the riding call aboard the brown filly out of Ms Katyln Dreams by Carters Cartel. She picked up $23,315.
Completing the field were Phantom Fury, Rosicky, Final Down, Eagles Tenaya, Famous Corona Miss, Presteejess and Mr Perrys Tres Sies.
Racing resumes Sunday at Sunland Park with two thoroughbred featured races, the $147,196 Copper Top Futurity (8th race) and the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap (9th race), headlining the program. Sunland Park stakes champion Forest Mouse and Grade 3 stakes winner Fear the Cowboy are two of the leading contenders in the Sunland Park Handicap at one mile and one-eighth. First post time on Sunday is 1:30 p.m.