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                SUNLAND PARK
  Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R)
Photos by Coady Photography
 Early Flyer
Sent to post at odds of 30-1, B4 Farms LLC’s Evacuee scored an upset victory in the March 12, $100,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park.
Evacuee covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.81 while unleashing a strong stretch rally and reaching the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front of 3-1 second choice Massive Roar. Felipe Valdez rode the 6-year-old son of Abstraction for trainer Todd Fincher.
Evacuee was bred by Fred Alexander, Brad King and Todd Fincher. The dark bay or brown gelding is one of 52 winners from 90 starters sired by Abstraction, a 13-year-old Kentucky- bred son of the A.P. Indy stallion Pulpit and the graded stakes winning Quiet American mare Andujar. Campaigned in three states in 2013, including Maryland and Kentucky, Abstraction earned $86,945 from four races, and he won the $75,750 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore.
Abstraction has sired one official black-type stakes winner and the earners of more than $3.1 million from six crops, including multiple stakes winner Hustle Up. A half-brother to stakes winner Marion Ravenwood, the stallion is owned by a partnership, and he stands for a $3,000 fee at Susie Prather’s Doubletree Farm near Hobbs, New Mexico.
Evacuee is also one of two winners from as many starters foaled by Thibodaux, a winning and multiple stakes-placed 13-year-old daughter of the Gilded Time stallion Early Flyer. The
gelding’s second dam, the winning Texas Glitter mare Annis, produced seven winners from
eight starters, including two stakes-winning half-brothers to Thibodaux: Proceed, a six-time stakes winner in New Mexico from 2013-15, and Worthington, the winner of the 2011 Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs.
Evacuee’s third dam, the winning Montbrook mare Baybrooke, foaled Cinnamon Road, a half-brother to Annis who won the 2009 Needles Stakes at Calder Racetrack near Miami, and Abdel’s Ghost, a stakes-placed half-brother to Annis. The gelding traces back to his fourth dam, So Easily.
An unplaced daughter of the Groshawk stallion Superbity, So Easily produced Lunar Bounty, a half- brother to Baybrooke who won the 2001 Bashford Manor Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.
Evacuee was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a 6-furlong, $48,000 open-condition allowance race for New Mexico-breds on February 21. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Evacuee has won
four of 25 outs, and the $60,000 winner’s share
of the Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap purse increased his bankroll to $329,154, of which $117,626 was pocketed during a 2-year-old season in which he won the $196,632 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (R) at Albuquerque Downs.
Delbert Too finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Evacuee, and was followed by Bye Bye Matty P, 4-5 favorite Bella Dona, No Pasa Nada, Cerveza and Lonzo Who.
Runner-up Massive Roar earned $20,000
to bring his bankroll to $249,198 from 16 starts for his owner, The Quarter Company LLC.
A homebred 4-year-old son of the Afleet Alex stallion Sway Away, the dark bay or brown gelding has won four races, and his stakes resume includes second-place runs in last year’s 1-mile, $100,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R), and
1 1/16-mile, $250,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R), both at Sunland Park.
Delbert Too is a 5-year-old son of the Bernardini stallion Marking racing for Filiberto Quiroz. A $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2019 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the bay gelding has won five of 32 races -- including last year’s Jamison Memorial Handicap (R) -- and the $10,000 third-place share of the Mt. Cristo Rey purse brought his earnings to $387,068.
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