05/09/2016 7:12AM

Blue Bomber does his thing in Hasta La Vista

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Blue Bomber (5) held off Pacific Nights to win the Wildcat Handicap.

PHOENIX – Blue Bomber used his speed to win the 1 3/8-mile Wildcat Handicap at Turf Paradise last month, running off to a 20-length lead and holding on for the win. He used his speed again to capture Sunday’s 1 7/8-mile Hasta La Vista there.

The $27,500 grass event was the final race on the track’s 60th meet.

Blue Bomber ($6.20), a 5-year-old gelded son of Congrats owned by Jim McFadyen and trained by Robertino Diodoro, went right for the lead under Natasha Coddington. He was joined by Sir Searsucker, and the two cleared off by as many as 20 lengths.

Sir Searsucker fell away turning for home and Pacific Nights came roaring up alongside Blue Bomber but couldn’t get by. Blue Bomber held on to win by a neck. Pacific Nights was another 7 3/4 lengths clear of La Swift, who ran on for third. Red Zeus, the even-money favorite, sat third early but faded to finish seventh in the field of 10.

Blue Bomber ran the distance in 3:11.25. The winner’s share of $16,198 gives him earnings of $101,569 from five wins in 21 starts.

* McKenzie Honey captured Sunday's $53,558 ATBA Spring Sales Stakes, a five-furlong event for 2-year-olds who qualified for the ATBA Spring Sales. She paid $7.60.

Owned by Barbara Eakin, Jonathan Nance and Steve Smith and trained by Nance, the daughter of Parading was the fastest qualifier for this race on April 19.

Sunday, under Jorge Bourdieu, she stalked pacesetter Spotlight Gal, took over into the lane, and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Yo Y Me rallied for second, with Grass and Cactus third. French General, the 7-5 favorite, finished seventh in the field of 10.

McKenzie Honey ran the five furlongs in 59.19 and earned $26,560. She has won both her starts and earned $32,636.

Racing returns to Turf Paradise in mid-October for its 61st season.

Frank Lewkowitz More than 1 year ago
the television feed from turf paradise is unbelievably poor . next year use an iphone and the quality would improve dramatically. Mr simms could use the iphone after the races are over and not have to spend a nickel.