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                SUNLAND PARK
  Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini S. (RG2)
Photos by Coady Photography
Big Daddy Cartel
 Corona Cartel
 Miss Racy Eyes
 Apollitical Brooke
 Apollitical Jess
 Runaway Brooke
  Brookes Legacy, a 4-year-old Big Daddy Cartel mare racing for Oscar Diaz, won the January 14, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse distaffers at Sunland Park.
Prepped by Armando Alamos and sent
to post at odds of 15-1 in the full field of 10, Brookes Legacy went 400 yards in :19.495 while recording a 101 speed index, and her margin of victory was a neck from 3-1 second choice Fanncee. Carlos Guillen Chacon rode Brookes Legacy.
Brookes Legacy was extending her win streak to three races. The mare was bred by Samantha and Lilly Leyba. Her sire, Big Daddy Cartel, is
a 14-year-old winning son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel. Campaigned at Ruidoso Downs in 2011, Big Daddy Cartel won three
of five starts and earned $121,800, and he was
a finalist in that season’s Grade 1 All American and Rainbow futurities.
Big Daddy Cartel has sired the earners of more than $16.7 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, Bigg Dee and Mamacita Cartel. A half-brother to stakes winner Racy La Jolla, the stallion is owned by and stands for a $7,000 fee at Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico.
Brookes Legacy is out of Apollitical Brooke, an 8-year-old daughter of 2011 AQHA world champion Apollitical Jess who won the 2017 Southwest Juvenile Championship Stakes
(G1) at Zia Park and was a finalist in that season’s Grade 2 Hobbs America Futurity. The mare’s third dam, Runaway Dee Dee, was a winning daughter of the Beduino (TB) stallion Runaway Winner who was multiple stakes placed in Texas in 1998.
Brookes Legacy traces back to her third dam, Dashin Dee Dee. A 1987 Utah-bred foal and daughter of the Dash For Cash stallion Sir Cashanova, Dashin Dee Dee won four graded stakes from 1989-91, including the 1989 Sunland Park Fall Futurity (G2).
Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Brookes Legacy has won three of 10 starts, and the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse from her first stakes score bumped her earnings to $115,188. The mare’s current win streak includes a neck victory in a 350-yard, $44,000 non-winners-of-two allowance for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Zia Park on December 7.
Tina Katarina finished third, a half
of a length behind Brookes Legacy, and
was followed officially by 7-5 favorite Mi Moonflash, Get Down Dragon, HS Golden Eagle, Icy Morning Breeze, Crown N Royal Gal, EBW Magdalena and EZ On My Mind.
Runner-up Fanncee banked $20,000
to bring her lifetime earnings to $181,098 for her owner, MJ Farms. A homebred gray 5-year-old Big Daddy Cartel mare, Fanncee has won two of 13 races, and her resume includes second-place runs in the 2020 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs, and the 2021 Zia (RG2) and Mountain Top (R) derbies at Ruidoso Downs.
Tina Katarina is a 5-year-old daughter of 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash campaigned by Edilberto Estrada Cano. A $5,000 yearling buy at the 2019 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the bay mare has won three of 17 races, and the $10,000 third-place share of the purse increased her bankroll to $81,564.
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