Speedy Falcon Flies to WinStar Oaks Win

Sprinter Speedy Falcon, making her first start around two turns, got loose on the front end and ran her foes ragged in the stretch, romping home in the $260,193 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks in New Mexico by six lengths.

Sister Swank, the 8-5 favorite in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies, was second, edging Skyladysky by three-quarters of a length. The final time was 1:36 2/5 for the mile.

Ridden by Ricardo Jaime, Speedy Falcon, a Florida-bred filly by Jeblar, was clear by two lengths after a quarter mile in :23 2/5. She maintained her daylight advantage through a half-mile in :47 1/5 and began to draw away on the home turn after six furlongs in 1:11 2/5. She reached the stretch six lengths to the good with a strong headwind behind her and kept to the task under even handling to the wire.

``That filly broke too sharp and relaxed so good for me,'' Jaime said. ``I kept looking, but nobody came, and when I asked her, she responded. She wasn't even tired.''

Speedy Falcon, who had won five of six previous starts – all sprints – on the southwest circuit, could be considered for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by trainer Henry Dominguez off the outstanding effort.

Dominguez was surprised with how easily Speedy Falcon, who has raced mostly in New Mexico, beat horses that have been running at bigger tracks in California, Florida and Louisiana.

``We didn't expect her to run this well,'' Dominguez said. ``We had planned on nominating her for a little stakes race in Albuquerque, but we'll probably start looking for better things.''

Farnsworth Farms bred the winner, who was sold at Ocala for $50,000 in April. The victory was worth $156,900 to owner Chris Coleman, a Farmington, N.M., oil and gas businessman. Speedy Falcon has career earnings of $245,827.

Sent off at a generous 7-2, Speedy Falcon paid $9.60, $4.40 and $3.80. Sister Swank returned $2.80 and $2.60. Skyladysky's show was $5.80. The $2 exacta was worth $29.

(Chart, Equibase)