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                SUNRAY PARK
  Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Stakes (R)
Photos by Coady Photography
 Dixieland Band
 Doneraile Court
 Slide Out Front
  Flaxy Lady, an 8-year-old daughter of Firejack racing for Amanda Sweeten and Heber Deyta Melendez, held on at the wire to win the April 9, $100,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred fillies and mares at SunRay Park.
Ridden by Miguel Perez and sent to post at odds of 15-1 in the field of eight, Flaxy Lady covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.79, and her margin of victory was a nose from 4-5 favorite Corrina Corrina. Andres Gonzalez trained the chestnut mare, who banked $60,000 from her second lifetime stakes score.
Flaxy Lady was bred by Donnell Echols. The mare is one of 17 winners from 33 starters sired
by Firejack, a winning Kentucky-bred son of the Northern Dancer stallion Dixieland Band. Firejack earned $58,489 from nine starts while racing in two countries, including France, from 2004-08.
A half-brother to 1996 Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) winner Dare And Go and 2006 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (G1) winner Go Deputy, Firejack has sired the earners of more than $1.130 million from eight crops, including Miss E Bar, the winner of the 2015 La Senora Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.
Flaxy Lady is also one of four winners from as many starters foaled by Donali, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of the Seattle Slew stallion Doneraile Court. The mare’s second
dam, the Florida-bred multiple stakes winning Silent Review mare Slide Out Front, ran third in Paseana’s (ARG) 1992 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.
A 1988 foal, Slide Out Front produced six winners from seven starters, including Silent Eskimo, a half-sister to Donali who won four graded stakes from 1998-2000, including the 1998 Fantasy Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park and 1999 Louisville Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs.
Flaxy Lady’s third dam, the unraced Florida- bred Medieval Man mare Safe Out Front, foaled 12 winners from 13 starters. Flaxy Lady traces back to her fourth dam, Stay Out Front, a daughter of the Curragh King stallion Currock who won three stakes in Florida from 1968-72 and produced Shape Of Fame, a stakes-placed half-brother to Safe Out Front.
Flaxy Lady was shortening in distance off of her fifth-place run, 13 lengths behind winner Corrina Corrina, in the 1-mile, $100,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on March 5. All told, the mare has won nine of 35 starts and has earned $248,497, and her stakes resume includes a two- length victory in last year’s Peppers Pride Handicap.
Bossy Baby ran third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Flaxy Lady, and was followed by Marked By A Storm, Quatro, Bye Bye Brandi, Desertrose Oftexas and Indian Fireblossom.
Corrina Corrina pocketed the $20,000 runner-up share of the Foutz Distaff purse to bring her earnings to $455,870 from 18 races for her owner, Derrick W. Jenkins. The homebred dark bay or brown 4-year-old daughter of the Old Trieste stallion Mr. Trieste has won six starts, and her three stakes wins include last year’s 1-mile, $100,000 Casino at The Downs Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs, and 6 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Dine’ Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.
A 5-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Bernster and a $5,000 claimer during the 2022 SunRay Park meet, Bossy Baby banked the $10,000 third-place share of the purse for her owner, Gloria Martinez. The dark bay or brown 5-year-old mare has won four of 24 outs and has earned $104,617.
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