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                                SUNRAY PARK
  Jimmy Drake Stakes (R)
by Michael Cusortelli
Jessie James Jr
 Mr Jess Perry
 Loose Lips
Fabulous Form
Rare Form
 Making just his second official start of the season, Bella A. Valenzuela’s Frankie James sprinted to a half-length win in the May 24, $60,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at SunRay Park.
Frankie James covered 400 yards in :19.483 and recorded a 98 speed index under jockey Jaime Leos. Juan Gonzalez prepped the 4-year- old sorrel son of Jesse James Jr., who was post- ing his first career stakes victory.
Frankie James was bred by Randy and Linda Schalla, and he was a $16,000 yearling purchase by his owner at the 2016 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding’s sire, the mul- tiple Grade 1-placed Mr Jess Perry stallion Jesse James Jr, earned $167,275 from 21 outs while racing in California and New Mexico from 2003-06, and his five wins included the 2005 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos.
Jesse James Jr has sired the earners of more than $17.2 million from nine crops, including 2015 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Astica and multiple graded stakes winners Major Bites and Osbaldo. The stallion died from laminitis in August 2017.
Dine Stakes
Frankie James is out of Fabulous Form, a daughter of 1992 AQHA champion 3-year-old colt Rare Form who won four graded stakes from 1996-99, including the ’99 Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos, and was the AQHA champion sophomore filly in 1997. His second dam, the winning Easy Jet mare Venice, produced a total of three stakes winners, including Sweet Easy Dash and Easy To View, both half siblings to Fabulous Form.
Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Frankie James has won three of eight starts and has earned $104,393. The gelding’s resume includes a second-place finish, a head behind winner Bigg Daddy, in last year’s 400-yard, $186,641 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
Major Bites, the 11-10 favorite in the field of eight, finished second and was followed by Rocky El Roble, Mamacita Cartel, Go Daddy Gone, Magnifico Dragon, Jenna Cartel, and Wild Daddy Jack.
Major Bites was coming off of a wire-to- wire, three-quarter length victory in the March 16, 350-yard Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park. Owned by Israel
Bordier, the 6-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding has won 11 of 30 starts -- including five graded stakes -- and he has banked $783,612.
Rocky El Roble is a 6-year-old Jesse James Jr stallion campaigned by Astorga Racing LLC. A $15,000 claimer during the 2018 Zia Park meet, Rocky El Roble has won four of 23 outs and has earned $94,043.
Contested annually at SunRay Park, the Jimmy Drake Stakes honors the memory of the late Jimmy Drake, who served as president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association in 1985 and served on the state racing commission from 1980-85.
behind winner Sunscreen, in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park on March 24. The gelding has won one of seven outs, and the $13,200 runner-up share of the Dine Stakes purse increased his earnings to $71,500.
Sunscreen is a homebred Southwestern Heat gelding campaigned by R.D. Hubbard and Shaun Hubbard. Sunscreen has won four of 11 starts and has banked $232,725, and his two stakes vic- tories include last year’s 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
 Bonnie Byerly
Rules Like A Girl
Roman Ruler
 Nancy L. Lock’s My Boanerges, a homebred chestnut son of the Artax stallion Diabolical, extended his win streak to four races with a neck victory in the May 26, 6 1/2-furlong Dine Stakes (R) for NM-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park.
Ridden by Jansen Melancon and sent to post as the even-money favorite in the field of seven, My Boanerges stopped the timer in 1:18.95 while earning his first stakes win. Weston Martin prepped the gelding, who banked the $36,000 winner’s share of a $60,000 purse.
My Boanerges is one of 117 winners from
144 starters sired by Diabolical, a 16-year-old Kentucky-bred stallion who won two graded stakes in 2007, including the Grade 2, $260,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga. A half-brother to multiple Group 3 stakes winner What A Name (IRE), Diabolical earned $1,404,772 from 31 outs.
Diabolical has sired the earners of more than $8.2 million from seven crops, including multiple stakes winners Diabolical Dame and That’s The Idea. The stallion is owned by Fred Alexander and J. Kirk Robison, and he stands at Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch at Anthony, NM.
My Boanerges is also one of three winners from as many starters foaled by Rules Like A Girl, an unraced Kentucky-bred 12-year-old daughter of the Fusaichi Pegasus stallion Roman Ruler. The gelding’s third dam, the Blushing John
mare Blushing Heiress, won two graded stakes
in California in ’97, including the $108,400 Wilshire Handicap (G2) at Hollywood Park.
A 1992 Kentucky-bred foal, Blushing Heiress produced Winsome, a stakes-winning daughter of War Chant. My Boanerges’ fourth dam, the Our Native mare Native Fancy, foaled Really Fancy, a half-sister to Blushing Heiress who won the ’85 Anoakia Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park.
My Boanerges has won four of five starts and has earned $94,390, of which $71,640 has been banked this season.
Quite Peace finished second and was fol- lowed by Sunscreen, No Pasa Nada, Hold Me Only, Dom Right, and Biblical Character.
A homebred dark bay or brown son of the Pulpit stallion Abstraction, Quite Peace races for C. Donnell Echols, and he was coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths
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