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El Paso, TX — Following a jet propelled start, Woodys Allstar sped away for a neck victory in the 42nd running of the $290,656 Shue Fly Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Saturday.
Woodys Allstar parlayed her excellent gate skills to winning Sunland Park’s third richest race in a brilliant time of 19.067 seconds, good for a 95 speed index. Freshened by an 8 month layoff, Woodys Allstar has returned to Sunland Park this season as a racing dynamo. The New Mexico-bred daughter of Woodbridge set the fastest qualifying time for Shue Fly by winning her trial last month by nearly 2 lengths. She retained her sharpness on Saturday for trainer Mike Joiner and rider Salvador Martinez.
The talented three-year-old held off a strong bid from Kia Won to take home the hefty first place prize of $136,608 for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing and Lee R. Lewis. Woodys Allstar confirmed her 4-5 favoritism with a third career win from four starts. Her only defeat came in last spring’s New Mexican Spring Futurity when she finished third to Moonifisant. The speedy three-year-old now holds earnings in excess of $171,000.
Joiner and Martinez collected their second stakes wins of the meet. The duo won the Sunland Winter Quarter Horse Derby with Feature Mr Lucky.
Kia Won closed with interest on the outside to get second place under jockey Ricky Ramirez. The grey Ketel Won gelding showed much determination and earned $52,318 for owners Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios. Moonifisant fought valiantly from the inside and held on to third place, beaten just over a length. One Lethal Blaze finished in fourth, a nose in front of Osaka Moon.
Live racing resumes on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. The 38th running of the $50,000 Winsham Lad Handicap is the main event. The featured race (10th race) at one mile and 70 yards came up big starring multiple stakes winner Ol Winedrinker Who and Mine That Bird Stakes winner Dry Summer. Both horses are trained by Joel Marr. Ol Winedrinker Who is coming off two smashing stakes wins at Zia Park last fall. Dry Summer returns home after facing Grade 1 and Grade 2 stakes company on the tough Southern California circuit.
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