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                                 Sunburst Stakes (RG3)
by Michael Cusortelli
Winners Version
 Holland Ease
 The Jubilee Diamond
 Wahene Kai
 Brookstone Bay
Pk Rainbow
Erick Carrillo’s Wahene Version, a chestnut daughter of Winners Version trained by Beatriz Sanchez, sprinted to a 1/2-length victory in the April 6, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) for NM-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park.
Under jockey Edgar Martinez and aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind, Wahene Version recorded a 105 speed index while covering
her 350-yard trip in :17.040. The filly earned $51,000 from her first stakes win.
Wahene Version was bred by Dirk Jones, and she sold for $6,000 at the 2017 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The filly’s sire, Winners Version, is a 13-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Holland Ease.
Racing from 2008-09, Winners Version earned $399,057 from 17 starts, and his five wins included the ’09 Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia Park. The stallion’s starters include multiple graded stakes winner Seeyalateralligator and graded stakes winners Teana Fay and Winning Merlot.
Winners Version is owned by and stands for a $3,500 fee at A & C Racing and Roping at
Roosevelt, Utah.
Wahene Version’s dam, Wahene Kai, is a
homebred 8-year-old daughter of Brookstone Bay and a full sister to stakes winner PK Bay. The filly traces back to her 4th dam, Rule The Deck, a winning Scout Leader (TB) mare who ran 3rd in the ’83 Las Damas Handicap (G3) and was a finalist in world champion Sgt Pepper Feature’s 1980 Golden State Futurity.
Rule The Deck produced Kuhi Kuhi, the winner of the 1996 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs, and Kamalani, the dam of graded stakes winner Kama Shootin.
Wahene Version broke her maiden with a clear 1 1/2-length win in a 400-yard maiden claiming ($10,000) dash for NM-breds at Albuquerque Downs on Sept. 22. The filly has won four of 10 outs, all in NM, and she has banked $100,062.
Woodys Copy Cat, the 11-10 favorite in the full field of 10, ran second and was followed by First Theory V, Vintage Vaquera, Zee James, Cambria Cartel, Fireball Flash, U Got The Look, Tooflashyforyou, and Cristobell Fame.
Woodys Copy Cat is a brown daughter of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge cam- paigned by Enrique Barrera. A $4,700 yearling purchase at the 2017 New Mexico-Bred Sale, the filly has won four of 10 races, including last year’s New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park, and she has earned $286,294.
First Theory V races for Valeriano Racing Stables LLC, which also bred the sorrel daughter of the Hawkinson stallion Van Zant. First Theory V has won 2 of 8 outs and has banked $48,990.
Mine That Bird Stakes
  Speedin Excess
In Excess
Dashin Dessert
Facing open stakes company for the first time, registered New Mexico-bred Hustle Up scored a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the February 24, $100,000 Mine That Bird Stakes for 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.
Hustle Up covered his 1 1/16-mile trip in 1:42.31 after setting early fractions of :23.64, :47.34, and 1:11.09. Shane Laviolette rode the dark bay or brown son of Abstraction for owners Dale F. Taylor Racing LLC, Bobby J. McQueen, and Suzanne Kirby.
Hustle Up was stretching out in distance off of his clear 5 1/2-length win in the 1-mile, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for NM-bred sophomores at Sunland Park on Feb. 2. The gelding was bred by Brad King and Todd Fincher, and he is the first black-type stakes winner from 22 starters sired by Abstraction, a stakes-winning 9-year-old Kentucky-bred son of the A.P. Indy stallion Pulpit.
Racing in 2013, Abstraction earned $86,945 from just four starts, and his two wins included a 2 1/4-length score in the 1 1/16-mile, $75,750 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse
in Maryland. The stallion is a half-brother to stakes winner Marion Ravenwood, and he has sired the earners of more than $684,000.
Abstraction is owned by a partnership, and he stands for a $3,500 fee at Doubletree Farm at Hobbs, New Mexico.
Hustle Up is also one of three winners from as many starters foaled by Speedin Excess, a winning 13-year-old daughter of the Siberian Express stallion In Excess (IRE) who ran second in the 2008 Barretts Debutante Stakes at Fairplex Park in Pomona, California. Hustle Up is a half-brother to On The Low Down, a Dome gelding who won the 2017 Copper Top (R) and Mountain Top (R) futurities.
Hustle Up’s third dam, the winning Viceregal mare Stray Flight, produced Sparrow Lake and Ever Steady, a pair of stakes winners in Canada in the late 1980s. The gelding’s fourth dam, the Mongo mare Barn Swallow, foaled Cadet Corps, a stakes winning half-brother to Stray Flight.
Hustle Up has won eight of 10 starts, includ- ing five stakes, and the $60,000 winner’s share of the Mine That Bird purse increased his earnings to $363,143. Named in honor of the New Mexico- based winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1), the Mine That Bird Stakes is the major local prep for the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby.
Hustle Up won three stakes during his
2-year-old season, and he ended his juvenile campaign with a wire-to-wire, three-length win in the 1-mile & &70-yard, $145,000 Steve Prather Stakes (R) at Zia Park on Dec. 10.
Wicked Indeed finished second and was followed by Walker Stalker, Pasamonte Man, One Flew South, Collusionist, Eye Cloud, Thunderousapplause, and Mc Awesome.
Wicked Indeed is a Kentucky-bred son of Tapit owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC. The homebred colt, a full brother to Grade 2 winners My Miss Lilly and Just Wicked, has banked $57,330 from four outs in Louisiana and New Mexico.
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