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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI
RUIDOSO DOWNS—MAY 20, 2020—New News, a graded stakes winning son of the Corona Cartel stallion Majestic Cartel, will make the third start of his 4-year-old season in Monday’s 350-yard, $40,000 John Andreini Memorial Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.
New News will be making his first official start since March 1, when the gelding scored a victory at odds of 10-1 in the 350-yard, $50,000 Rio Grande Handicap (G3) at Sunland Park. New News has won four of 17 starts and has earned $178,111, and he was a finalist in last year’s West Texas (G3) and Hobbs America (G3) derbies.
New News drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jaime Parga Leos for owners Cesar Sanchez and Nathaneal Pallanes and trainer Janell Sanderson.
Other contenders include Three Bar T Quarter Horses’ Bluemoonteller, a 5-year-old son of Teller Cartel trained by Toby Keeton. Bluemoonteller ended his 2019 campaign with a four-race win streak in Oklahoma that included the 350-yard, $15,000 Golden Driller Stakes at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.
Bluemoonteller drew post 9 and will be ridden by Jerry Lee Yoakum.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
- Walcott (Mauro Salcedo)
- Magnifico (Paul O. Garcia)
- New News (Jaime P. Leos)
- Consigliere (Noe Garcia Jr.)
- Senor Frogs (Emilio Tapia)
- Flash For Corona (Felipe Garcia-Luna)
- Jess Botticelli (Jose D. Ruiz)
- Putinical (Alfredo Sigala)
- Bluemoonteller (Jerry Lee Yoakum)
- Pollitical Blood (Elias Gutierrez)
All Ruidoso Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.