El Paso, TX — Tf Featured Effort successfully defended his title with another bravura performance in the $111,452 West Texas Maturity at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Ridden by Raul Gutierrez, Tf Featured Effort broke fast and immediately took control of the 27th running of the West Texas Maturity. With the jet propelled start, the 2013 West Texas Maturity winner gained a confident position and led by a length midway through the 400 yard feature. With his normal closing kick, the five-year-old son of Feature Mr Jess had the high quality field at his mercy. Gutierrez simply hand rode the 2-1 favorite to a comprehensive three-quarter length over Testing the Ice. The winning time was an extremely sharp 18.924 seconds, good for 98 speed index.
Tf Featured Effort has relished the Sunland Park oval through the years winning 6 times from 12 starts along with 2 seconds and 2 thirds. He also won the 2012 West Texas Derby. The Louisiana-bred stallion took home a $52,382 payday for owners Heysol Howlet and Julieta Torres. He has been expertly trained by Jaime Dominguez to 7 career wins from 22 overall starts. Dominguez indicated in a post-race interview that Tf Featured Effort will be pointed toward stakes events at SunRay Park and Ruidoso Downs this spring. The multiple stakes winner now has accumulated over $283,000 in his brilliant career. The Sunland Park lover also won the KFOX Radio Handicap over Pajarita Sita last January.
Near 17-1 long shot Testing The Ice finished second under jockey Roberto Valero. The gelded son of Stoli chased the winner throughout and finished a neck in front of Kerrys Wave Carver.
One Exotic Eagle, The Devils Rainbow, James On the Run, Cjs Rocksolid, Streak Hitter, Rcj Major Storm and Feature Mr Lucky rounded out the order of finish.
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:55 p.m.