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 Champagne Lane Stakes (R)
Photos by Coady Photography
 Eye Am King
 Mr Jess Perry
 Miss Racy Eyes
 Sandys Fame
  Dash Ta Fame
 Dashin Sandy
  Facing stakes company for the first time, Warm Red Wine broke sharply from her rail post and sprinted to a wire-to-wire win in the October 28, 350-yard Champagne Lane Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Albuquerque Downs.
Warm Red Wine defeated First Flashin by three-quarters of a length in :17.170. Daniel Amaya rode the 4-year-old Big Daddy Cartel mare for owner and trainer Jose Meraz.
Warm Red Wine earned a 102 speed index while banking the $29,000 winner’s share of a $50,000 purse. The mare was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. Her sire, Big Daddy Cartel, is a winning 14-year-old son of Corona Cartel.
Racing at Ruidoso Downs in 2011, Big Daddy Cartel banked $121,800 from five starts, and he was a finalist in the Grade 1 All American and Rainbow futurities. The stallion has sired the earners of more than $19.3 million from eight crops, including multiple graded stakes winner and 2017
All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Bigg Daddy, and multiple graded stakes winners Cat Daddys Lil Girl and Bigg Dee.
Big Daddy Cartel is owned by and stands for a $7,000 fee at MJ Farms.
Warm Red Wine was purchased by Meraz for $40,000 at the 2020 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The mare is out of Sandys Fame, a homebred winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Dash Ta Fame and the runner-up in the 1997 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG1) at Casper, Wyoming.
Warm Red Wine’s second dam, the homebred Streakin Dash mare Dashin Sandy, won the 1992 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG2) and was a finalist in Check Her Twice’s Golden State Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos. The mare traces back to her third dam, Synchrocept, a multiple stakes winning daughter of the Cornish Prince (TB) stallion Zevi.
Raced in New Mexico and Oklahoma, Warm Red Wine has won five of 18 races and has banked $122,568.
Blue Riband finished third, one length behind Warm Red Wine. Brookes Legacy, Big Daddys Dream, EZ On My Mind, HS Golden Eagle, Pennie Wize and Get Down Dragon completed the order of finish.
First Flashin earned the $10,000 runner-up share of the purse for her owner, Victor Marroquin. A 6-year-old daughter of champion First Moonflash, the sorrel mare has earned $142,959 from 31 outs, and her four wins include the June 24, $45,000 Rita Danley Distaff Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Blue Riband is a 5-year-old daughter of the Holland Ease stallion Winners Version campaigned by Joaquin Gutierrez. The gray mare has won four of 29 races and has banked $129,735.
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