05/21/2009 11:00PM

Favorites exit same key race


The horses to beat in the Sunday stakes at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and Arapahoe Park in Colorado both exit the same race. Dos and Donts will be seeking his fourth straight win when he starts in the $50,000 Norgor Derby at Ruidoso, while Major Billy owns the best last-race Beyer Figure in the $21,000 Inaugural at Arapahoe.

The pair faced off last month at Sunland Park in New Mexico, where Dos and Donts won the $50,000 Daylight Sprint. Major Billy closed for fifth in the April 21 race.

On Sunday, Dos and Donts leads a field of 10 in the Norgor, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds that serves as the first Thoroughbred stakes of the Ruidoso meet that opened Friday. He began his streak last September at Santa Anita, when he won a maiden special weight sprint for trainer Julio Canani.

Dos and Donts then turned up in New Mexico in March, and took a first-level allowance sprint at Sunland for trainer Johnnie Nall. One start later, the colt won the Daylight Sprint by three-quarters of a length, stalking the pace and going on to cover the six furlongs in a quick 1:09.20. He earned a Beyer of 82.

A.J. Martinez has the mount on Dos and Donts, a son of Petionville whose dam, Mini Dee, is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Afternoon Deelites.

Arapahoe: Return of Major Big Time

In the Inaugural, for 3-year-olds at six furlongs, Major Billy will break from the rail in a six-horse field. He earned a career-best Beyer of 76 in the Daylight, when he was beaten

2 1/4 lengths. Russell Vicchrilli has the mount for owner-trainer Brian Stivers.

The chief threat appears to be Major Big Time, who was third in an allowance at Turf Paradise in his last start April 26. He is returning to Arapahoe, where last season he won both the Silver Cup Futurity and the Gold Rush Futurity.

Travis Wales, who was aboard the colt for both of those wins, has the mount for trainer George Wafer.