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                                SUNLAND PARK
  by Michael Cusortelli
NM State University Handicap (R)
  Shine Miss Comet
Comet Shine
 Atlantic Miss
 Shining Source, an 8-year-old son of Source racing for Barton Ranch Stables LLC and trainer Blake Rust, drew off in the stretch and scored a 2 1/2-length victory in the March 26, $100,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) for state-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park.
Ridden by Luis Contreras, Shining Source made his 1-mile & 70-yard trip in 1:39.74, missing by just 73/100ths of a second the track record set by Forest Mouse in the 2013 Winsham Lad Handicap. The dark bay or brown gelding banked the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse while earning his sixth career stakes win.
Shining Source was bred by Susan Vescovo. The gelding is the lone black-type stakes winner from 34 starters sired by Source, a winning son of the Buckaroo stallion Montbrook who ran third in the ’03 KLAQ Handicap at Sunland Park. A half-brother to two stakes winners, Source has sired the earners of more than $1.3 million.
Shining Source’s dam, the New Mexico- bred Comet Shine mare Shine Miss Comet, has foaled two winners from three starters, including Kimbell, a half-sister to Shining Source who won the 2017 Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Filly & Mare Championship (R) at Zia Park and ran second in two stakes in ’16, including the $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R) at Sunland Park.
Shining Source’s third dam, the winning Fast Gold mare Enduring Classic, was a half- sister to three stakes winners, including Pass Of Gold, a two-time stakes winner in Northern California in the early 1980s. The gelding’s fourth dam, the Ridan mare Goldian, won the 1971 Santa Clara Stakes at Bay Meadows.
Shining Source was coming off of a third- place finish, 4 3/4 lengths behind winner Blazing Navarone, in a 1-mile, $38,500 open- condition allowance route for New Mexico- breds on February 17. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Shining Source has won 12 of 47 starts and has banked $572,608, of which $407,798 has been earned since the start of the 2017 season.
Shining Source’s stakes resume includes one-length score in the 2017 New Mexico State University Handicap.
Sent to post at odds of 5-1, Shining Source returned a $13.60 win mutual and teamed with runner-up Go For A Stroll, the 3-1 second choice in the field of nine, for a $2 exacta payoff of $50.60. Hute finished third, 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner, to complete a $104.40 ($1) trifecta.
Blazing Navarone, the 13-10 favorite, ran fourth and was followed by Kris Who, Jet N G, Desert Mystery, Streaks Bro, and Mr. Digger.
Go For A Stroll is a homebred son of the Forest Wildcat stallion Attila’s Storm racing
for R.D. Hubbard. The 5-year-old dark bay or brown gelding has won eight of 25 outs, and his three stakes wins include last year’s 7 1/2-fur- long, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. The $20,000 runner-up share of the New Mexico State University Handicap boosted Go For A Stroll’s earnings to $366,013.
A homebred 5-year-old son of Storm Cat stallion Western Gambler, Hute has banked $267,910 from 17 races for his owner, Michael C. Stinson. The dark bay or brown gelding has won four races, and his two stakes wins include the 2017 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park.
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