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SUNLAND PARK, NM—APRIL 15, 2016—In the $50,000 West Texas Juvenile Saturday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, jockey Jose Montoya rode the inside path to victory aboard longshot Eagles Soar for trainer John Cooper.
Owned by Jack Manning of Odessa, Texas, Eagles Soar broke sharp from the rail, had a short lead throughout and prevailed by a neck in front of Jess Adalida, completing the 300 yards in a final time of 15.34 seconds, earning a speed index of 86.
Jess Adalida ran on late for the place, while High Rate of Motion finished well for the show.
Carlos Alvidrez saddled runner-up Jess Adalida for owner David Martinez. The son of multiple stakes sire Jess Louisiana Blue was bred in California by Double Bar S Ranch, LLC from the First Down Dash mare Wortherweightingold. Ridden by Adrian Ramos, the sorrel filly earned $9,000.
High Rate Of Motion, a gelding by second crop sire High Rate Of Return, picked up $5,500 for owner High Rate Partners.
Justin Joiner conditions the Louisiana-bred gelding from the Brimmerton mare Brimmers Motion. CNN Breeding is the breeder and champion jockey Cody Jensen was in the saddle.
Morning line and 7-to-5 post time favorite Domynation contested for the early lead before settling for fourth.
Completing the field were House Edge, Seminole Senator, and Corona For Tres. Caseys Shadow 21 and Significant Red dead-heated for eighth followed by Stihl The Won.
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.