Sunland Park horse racing: Stakes races highlight weekend of racing

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Colby James won the 400-yard Red or Green Stakes on Saturday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Colby James won the 400-yard Red or Green Stakes on Saturday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

Count Them Again won the 29th running of the Bold Ego Handicap on Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino with a strong effort late and a ruling from the stewards that gave the 5-year-old mare her ninth career win.

Five Pics Please, who was ridden by Karlo Lopez, was the original winner but it was ruled she interfered with Count Them Again at the start of the race and was placed second.

Five Pics Please, who was the 4-5 post time favorite, and Harking set the pace early but Count Them Again came on strong at the end nearly won the race despite being interfered with at the start.

Count Them Again won the Bold Ego Handicap Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Count Them Again won the Bold Ego Handicap Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

Raul Vega was the winning trainer of the $65,000 race and Erick Medellin was the winning jockey. He is the son of Alejandro Medellin, also a jockey who has had a strong career in New Mexico.

"Count Them Again ran great and never gave up," said Vega of his New Mexico-bred horse. "It was a nice win against a good field. Erick did a great job as the jockey and he's got a bright future."

Count Them Again left the post at odds of 17-1 and paid $36.80 to win. Flyin Falynn was third for trainer Chris Zamora.

Colby James wins Red or Green Stakes

The 24th running of the Red or Green Stakes was filled with several potential winners in the 10-horse field, which was four New Mexico-bred quarter horses 4-years-old or older.

But Colby James proved to be the best with a strong finish to win the $100,000 race for trainer James Gonzales III and jockey Rickey Ramirez in a time of :19.35 seconds.

Colby James has won seven of 19 starts. His stablemate, Bigg Dee was third. Perrys Regard, who is trained by El Paso's Casey Lambert was second. Perrys Regard went off at 33-1 odds.

Colby James returned $7.60 win for his loyal backers.

"Both Colby James and Bigg Dee are very professional," Gonzales III said. "Colby James is more of a playful horse in the morning, Big Dee is all business. It was a good race for Colby James, he ran solid and looked strong."

Bye Bye Matty P wins Corralito Steak House Stakes

Trainer Todd Fincher went 1-2 in the $100,000 Corralito Steak House Stakes on Sunday for three-year-old New Mexico Breds.

Bye Bye Matty P edged Massive Roar by a nose to win the six furlong race in a time of 1:09.75.

Bye Bye Matty P won the $100,000 Corralito Steak House Stakes Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Bye Bye Matty P won the $100,000 Corralito Steak House Stakes Sunday at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

Bye Bye Matty P, who left the post at odds of 3-2, has won three of five career starts and the winning jockey was Alfredo Juarez, Jr.

Massive Roar was ridden by Roimes Chirinos. Wheres Brayden for trainer Greg Green was third.

Qualifiers for Shue Fly Stakes

Ten horses qualified for the Jan. 29, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes for 3-year-old New Mexico-bred quarter horses.

Flashin Fire was the top qualifier with a time of :19.460 seconds. The other qualifiers are Z Ya (:19.641), Wente (:19.697), Wish Bigg (:19.730), The Calling (:19.780), Antinori (:19.848), River Flash (:19.852), Jc New Dawn (:19.867), Holland Rock (:19.879), Renika (:19.891).

Flashin Fire is the top qualifier for the Jan. 29, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.
Flashin Fire is the top qualifier for the Jan. 29, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

Interesting Tuesday maiden race

Tuesday's fifth race at Sunland Park could give a preview into a possible Sunland Park Oaks horse or two.

The 5 and 1/2 furlong maiden race features a seven-horse field. The No. 6 horse Cali, who is trained by Joel Marr is well bred by former Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and former New Mexico racing star Peppers Pride.

Lambert has a nice filly, Midnightonthenile who could show improvement with three races under her belt. The Nancy Summers trained Ali Alley could be one to watch for trainer Nancy Summers. Ali Alley finished third in her debut and is a well bred daughter of Quality Road.

More horse racing: Instygator wins Grade 1, 440-yard Championship at Sunland Park

Felix F. Chavez may be reached at 915-546-6167; fchavez@elpasotimes.com; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Sunland Park racing: Colby James wins Red or Green Quarter Horse Stakes

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