Stalking Red Lead soared past the leaders in deep stretch for jockey Martin Bourdieu to tally by 2 1/4 lengths in the $114,400 Sunland Park Handicap (VIDEO) April 18.
Red Lead, a 4-year-old gelded son of Red Bullet trained by Chris Hartman for owner Joey Davis' Frontier Stables, scored his third win in four starts over the New Mexico track since last December.
Racing just off the rail, Bourdieu, riding Red Lead for the first time, tracked Quiet Again and Jacobino, who vied on the front end in the 1 1/8-mile test. He angled Red Lead three wide for the stretch run and they drew off in the final strides after surging past Quiet Again and Tie Rod in the last sixteenth of a mile. The winning time was a smart 1:48.85 over a fast track.
Quiet Again, who was on the lead for jockey Ken Tohill through fractions of :24.37, :48.49 and 1:11.63, was a clear second by more than four lengths over Dumar, who rallied from seventh for Patrick Valenzuela to edge Tie Rod for third.
Disappointing was Going Ballistic, the 17-10 favorite who trailed most of the way before making a mild move to finish fifth. Ketchikan, Lemon Custard and Jacobino trailed.
Consistent Red Lead upped his career mark to 5-4-3 in 14 races with earnings of $362,120. The winning purse was $60,000. Red Lead has raced mostly in the southwest and Louisiana during his career.
Adena Springs bred the winner in Florida. The chestnut is out of Upside, by Unaccounted For, and sold at auction for $10,000 in 2007.
Sent off as the second choice, Red Lead paid $7, $3.80 and $2.80. Quiet Again, coming off a stakes win at Sunland March 13 for trainer Jimmie Claridge, returned $7.20 and $3.80 and rounded out a $34.40 exacta. The Steve Asmussen-trained Dumar was $3.40 to show.