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                SUNRAY PARK
  Photos by Coady Photography
Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) - Division 1
Big Daddy Cartel
 Corona Cartel
 Miss Racy Eyes
  Eagles First Down
One Famous Eagle
   Sent to post at odds of 14-1 in a full field
of 10 New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses, Javier M. Chavez’s Big Crush BB responded with a three-quarter length victory in the first division of the April 28, $100,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Big Crush BB covered 400 yards in :19.370 and earned a 107 speed index while aided by a reported 11-mph tail wind. Emilio Tapia rode the 4-year-old son of Big Daddy Cartel for trainer Jose DeHerrera.
Big Crush BB was coming off of a 10th-place finish in a 400-yard, $43,300 allowance dash
for state-breds at Sunland Park on February 3. The gray stallion was bred by Ralph Vincent
and Beverly Bourguet of Albuquerque. His sire, Big Daddy Cartel, is a winning 14-year-old son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel and the graded stakes winning Mr Eye Opener mare Miss Racy Eyes. Campaigned at Ruidoso Downs in 2011, Big Daddy Cartel earned $121,800 from five starts, and he was a finalist in the All American (G1) and Ruidoso (G1) futurities.
Big Daddy Cartel has from eight crops sired the earners of more than $17.4 million, 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. Big Crush BB is out of Eagles First Down,
an unraced daughter of 2008 AQHA champion 3-year-old colt One Famous Eagle. His second dam, the First Down Dash mare Nonanon, produced First Down Shazoom, a winning half- brother to Eagles First Down who ran second in the 2012 Lady Bug’s Moon Stakes at Remington Park and was a finalist in that season’s Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.
Big Crush BB traces back to his third
dam, Folsanon, a winning daughter of the Heisanative (TB) stallion Fol’s Native. A 1987 foal, Folsanon produced multiple graded stakes winner Royalanon and stakes winner Easanon, both of whom were half-siblings to Nonanon.
Big Crush BB was making his first career start at SunRay Park. Campaigned in two states, including California, Big Crush BB has won four of 16 races, and the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse from his first stakes score bumped the stallion’s earnings to $145,460. Big Crush BB’s stakes resume includes a third- place finish in the 2021 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs, and
he was a finalist in last year’s Mountain Top Derby (R) at Ruidoso Downs and New Mexico State Fair Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs.
Hunky McGoo ran second and was followed by Dean Miracles Vike, 3-2 favorite HS Paul
Walker, Winners Miracle, Papi Grande Cartel, EZ On My Mind, Jess Ring The Bell, Tuco Salamanca and Mr Perry Moon.
A homebred gray son of Big Daddy Cartel, Hunky McGoo banked the $20,000 runner-up share of the purse for his owners, William R. and Mary Robertson. The 4-year-old gelding has won four of 15 starts and has earned $125,872, and his record includes a second-place finish in last year’s 400-yard, $216,000 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.
Dean Miracles Vike is a 4-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Dashing Vike owned by Kristi Rose Martinez. The black gelding has won three of 15 races, and the $10,000 third-place share of the Jimmy Drake Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $95,581.
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