Trainer Joel Marr won the final three races on the New Mexico Classic Cup program at Zia Park Oct. 28, including the $180,480 Rocky Gulch Championship with On Down the Road (VIDEO).
In the race before the Rocky Gulch, Marr won the $170,360 Peppers Pride Fillies and Mares Championship, named for the undefeated mare he trained to 19 consecutive victories, with Iplaytricks. Marr also was the winning trainer with longshot Attitude E Racer in the $170,720 Sprint Championship.
Two of the three horses were bred by Marr's longtime associate, Joe Allen, and all three were sired by Desert God, the sire of the Allen-owned Peppers Pride.
The New Mexico Classic Cup, featuring Quarter Horses as well as Thoroughbreds, consisted of 11 races for state-breds worth about $2 million.
On Down the Road, with Ry Eikleberry aboard for owner Lisa M. Rehburg, registered a 1 3/4-length victory at odds of 11-2 over his Marr-trained stablemate Cross Chris Run. Smash Dancer, the 11-10 favorite in the field of 10, was 1 3/4 lengths farther back in third. On Down the Road ($13) was timed in 1:38.94 for the one-mile test on a fast track.
The victory was the fourth in 12 lifetime starts for the 4-year-old bay gelding who is out of the Talent Town mare On the Avenue.
Stalking the pacesetter Cross Chris Run while saving ground, On Down the Road launched his bid on the final turn and came through along the rail in upper stretch to get the lead. He held sway over Cross Chris Run, who carved fractions of :24.71, :49.09, and 1:13.47.
Iplaytricks, ridden by Ken Tohill, produced an 11-1 upset in the Peppers Pride, scoring by one length over 1-5 favorite Rose's Desert. The latter was looking for a repeat of her three-length win in this race a year ago for trainer Todd Fincher.
Marr trains the winning filly for Michael Stinson. Iplaytricks ($24.60), winning for the third time in five starts at Zia, improved to eight wins from 17 lifetime starts and was clocked in 1:40.08 for the one-mile heat. She is out of the Tricky Fun mare I Like Tricks.
Cali Baby finished third in the field of nine fillies and mares.
Stinson also owns Attitude E Racer, a 23-1 upsetter in the Sprint Championship by 1 1/2 lengths over 2-1 favorite Mostly Dust, with defending champion Chuchuluco third. The six furlongs went in 1:10.29.
Attitude E Racer ($49.60), bred by Harry Joseph Allen out of the High Energy mare Energywithattitude, snapped an eight-race losing streak for Marr. The 4-year-old gelding improved to 4-2-3 in 15 starts.
Fincher, who led all trainers with 11 entrants in the New Mexico Classic Cup, won the first of the Thoroughbred races, the $140,720 Juvenile Colts and Geldings Stakes, with Thermal. Duane Sterling guided R.D. Hubbard's homebred gelding to a three-length triumph at odds of nearly 12-1.
Thermal ($25.60), a son of Attila's Storm —Hang Glide, by Dome, ran six furlongs in 1:11.16 for his fourth win in six starts this year. Indication N M ran second, finishing one length in front of Kiss My Hennessy, the 7-5 choice.
Fincher also captured the $140,600 Championship Filly Stakes for 3-year-olds with Hennesey Smash, owned and bred by Barbara M. Coleman. Casey Lambert drove the 7-5 pick to a 2 1/4-length tally over Our Flying Angel, with Hot for You third.
Hennesey Smash ($4.80), a chestnut filly by Roll Hennessy Roll out of Some Smash, by Rare Brick, won for the fourth time in five starts.
The $140,600 Championship Colts and Geldings Stakes for 3-year-olds went to 80-1 shock Midnightlowdown, ridden by Sterling for trainer Gerald Marr and owner William Rezzonico and Jeremy Trujillo. Midnightlowdown ($163.60) won by two lengths over Speedy Caracal, who nosed out T. V. Stevie for second. The six-furlong clocking was 1:10.83.
Bred by Fame Lane Farm and Keval Investments, Midnightlowdown is by Stormin' Lyon out of the Indian Charlie mare Phoney Exchange. The victory was his third in seven starts.
J. Kirk and Judy Robison's homebred Back Seat Roll, ridden by Enrique Gomez, won the $140,600 Juvenile Filly Stakes for trainer Henry Dominguez. Back Seat Roll ($8.20) prevailed by three lengths over Way to Go Gerda, with Desertsmagic third.
Back Seat Roll is a bay filly by Roll Hennessy Roll out of Back Seat Charm, by Silver Charm.
The final time was 1:11.77 for six furlongs.