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This Is A Deal Too Drives To Victory In Grade 2 Lovington Stakes
This Is A Deal Too, under jockey Francisco Calderon, defeating Myst Fit in the $50,000 Grade 2 Lovington Stakes Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

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This Is A Deal Too Drives To Victory In Grade 2 Lovington Stakes

HOBBS, NM—DECEMBER 2, 2018—Facing older horses for the first time in his career, This Is A Deal Too (13-1), under jockey Francisco Calderon, used a steady drive to defeat Myst Fit by a neck in the $50,000 Grade 2 Lovington Stakes Sunday afternoon at Zia Park. Boogies Special Dash finished half-a-length back to take third.

Saddled by trainer Jackie Riddle, This Is A Deal Too completed the 400 yards in :19.671 seconds, a 94 speed index into a 27 mph head wind.

"He didn’t have as good of a break today as he did in the Texas Classic, but he was really rolling late," Calderon said.

A Texas homebred racing for owner/breeder Pete Scarmardo, the 3-year-old son of Dealgame is out of the multiple stakes producing First Down Dash mare Lady Lila.

Coming off a fourth-place effort in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby(G1) at Lone Star Park in his last start, This Is A Deal Too used the $30,000 Lovington winners' purse to boost his earnings total to more than $200,000.

The winning connections of This Is A Deal Too accept the Lovington Stakes(RG1) trophy Sunday afternoon at Zia Park. © Coady Photography
"This horse has really come around of late," Leon Bard who handles the horse in Texas said after the race. "He looked good In the Texas Classic Derby so I called Pete and felt he would run big in this stakes."

Multiple graded winner Myst Fit finished strong as the posttime favorite to earn $11,000. G. Blane Wood conditions the Separatist 4-year-old for owner Newman Cattle Company and Bobby Simmons. Bred in California by Steve D. Burns, DVM, the gray gelding is out Mystifying by Mr Jess Perry.

Ridden by champion jockey Rickey Ramirez, the earner of more than $233,000 has compiled a (18) 6-3-2 record in four seasons.

Kenneth Ruthardt's Boogies Special Dash picked up $5,000 for finishing third. Trainer Westley Giles conditions the Walk Thru Fire 5-year-old out of Boogie Special by Strawfly Special. Bred in California by Jaime Gomez, the sorrel gelding has earned $397,572. Adrian Ramos was riding.

This Is A Deal Too returned $27.50 to win, $9 to place and $5.20 to show. Myst Fit paid $4.40 and $3.20 and Boogies Special Dash returned $3.20 to show.

Mojo Perry, Born To B Bad, Strykr Force, Hierarchy, Mr Perry Strong, Swiss White Wine and Apollitical Ok completed the field.