06/26/2008 11:00PM

Four stakes close out SunRay meet


The 10th season of racing at SunRay Park in Farmington, N.M., concludes Sunday with four stakes races. Trainer Steve Asmussen ships in Air Lord for the feature, the $100,000 San Juan Commissioners Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

Owned by Padua Stables, Air Lord was recently third in the $50,000 Barksdale Stakes at Louisiana Downs. Earlier in the year, the 4-year-old Stormin Fever gelding won two of four allowance races at Oaklawn Park. Alfredo Juarez Jr. has the mount.

Mr Frenchman is the choice in the $75,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap, a race for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at 870 yards. Mr Frenchman, a Quarter Horse, won this race a year ago, and has won 6 of his last 10 starts, all at this distance. Joe Martinez rides for trainer Johnny Nall.

Devons Easy Lane, a Quarter Horse who specializes at 870 yards, will be looking to become the first five-time winner at the meet under jockey Patrick Valenzuela.

Dueling Juan is the morning-line choice in the $75,000 Tommy Duke Smith Handicap at 400 yards. A winner of 2 of 3 starts this year, he won the recent New Mexico Breeders Invitational Handicap at Sunland Park for trainer Todd Fincher.

Kuba a Noqua tops the $50,000 Frontier Trophy Buckles, an overnight stakes race for 3-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs. A Marquetry filly trained by Henry Dominguez, she won the recent $50,000 Aspen Cup Handicap at Ruidoso.