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MORGAN, UT—SEPTEMBER 8, 2019—Conn Creek SI 98, a Grade 2-placed brother to the Grade 1 winner Kendall Jackson SI 114 ($409,244), got his first stakes winner on Sunday when Rays Lane won the $25,000 Rock Springs Wyoming Bred Futurity at Sweetwater Downs.
Rays Lane got his second consecutive win got up over Gotta Lotta Papa to win. He broke out under jockey Elliot Bachicha, Jr., but finished strongest to complete the 350 yards in :17.952 seconds into a 6 mph headwind on a muddy (sealed) racetrack. The $10,000 winners' purse boosted his bankroll to $17,691.
Trainer Josh Taylor saddled the son of second-crop sire Conn Creek for owner Renegade Racing. Ron and Laurie Moosman bred the sorrel gelding from the A Dash Of Beduino mare A Dash Of Steffi. A finalist in the Wyoming All Breeds Racing Association Futurity earlier this season, Rays Lane has compiled a (6) 3-2-0 record.
Owned by Paul Blanchard, Conn Creek won or placed in seven of 10 career starts and earned $54,505. He was third in the New Mexican Spring Futurity(RG2) and a finalist in the Zia Derby(RG3).
Conn Creek is by leading sire Dash Ta Fame SI 113, Golden State Derby(G1) winner of $290,812. He is the sire of 90 stakes winners, 663 winners with earnings in excess of $19.1 million including Gun Battle SI 110 ($668,781, Zia Futurity [R]-G1, etc.), Ongoing Ta Fame SI 115 ($644,746, Shue Fly S. [R]-G1, etc.), Kendall Jackson SI 114 ($409,244, New Mexico Championship Challenge-G1, etc.), Dash Ta Moon SI 108 ($352,305, Lubbock S.-G2, etc.), In Famous Caper SI 109 ($339,951, Mesilla Valley Speed H. [R]-G2, etc.), etc.
Conn Creek is out of the restricted Grade 1 winner and champion producer Champagne Lane SI 106 ($147,125) by Lanes Leinster. She is the dam of 22 winners, 9 black type winners including Champion Alice K White SI 99 ($276,837), Grade 1 winner Kendall Jackson SI 114 ($409,244), RG2 winner Jesse Lane SI 98 ($297,496), RG3 winner Zuccardi SI 99 ($146,749), stakes winner Wilmon SI 98 ($52,685), stakes winner Jess One Lookie SI 99 ($33,221), stakes-placed Two Wines SI 95 ($108,904), stakes-placed Conn Creek SI 98 (see above), and stakes-placed Marilyn Merlot SI 91 ($17,560).
Champagne Lane is the granddam of champion Astica SI 110 ($411,623), RG1 winner and All American Futurity runner-up Bigg Daddy SI 96 ($749,418), Rg2 winner Winning Merlot SI 96 ($120,602), etc.
The second dam is the RG2 winner Dashing Sandy SI 102 ($103,171), by Streakin Dash. She is the dam of 10 winners and 4 black type winners. This is the immediate family of Grade 1 winner Time For Wine SI 98 ($206,958), RG3 winner Junior June Bug SI 99 ($289,078), RG3 winner Rex Hill SI 108 ($226,151), RG3 winner Daddys Blushing SI 97 ($235,372), RG2 winner Sandys Jesse SI 93 ($250,529), stakes winner Sammy James SI 93 ($156,575), RG3 winner Jess Bordeaux SI 105 ($162,403), etc.