10/31/2010 8:14PM

Glory Be Mine wins seventh straight in New Mexico Cup Fillies

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Double Smart gets up to win the Rocky Gulch Classic at Zia Park on Sunday.

Glory Be Mine came into the $2 million New Mexico Cup card at Zia Park riding a significant win streak, and it remained intact Sunday when she won her seventh straight race in the $151,575 Fillies. The race was one of 11 stakes on the card, with seven of them for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses. All of the stakes were restricted to horses bred in New Mexico, with the mixed-breed, statebred championship program being the richest of its kind in North America.

Glory Be Mine took the initiative from the start of the Fillies, leading her rivals through fractions of 22.90 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.70 for the half-mile. She won by a half-length over Elvira Who and covered the six furlongs for 3-year-old fillies in 1:10.67. Glory Be Mine was putting a long streak on the line, one that began last summer.

“The thing about her is you know she’s going to try, so that gives you a little bit of peace of mind,” said Todd Fincher, who trains Glory Be Mine. “She always shows up on race day.”

Glory Be Mine ($3.20) started her streak in July 2009, when she won her maiden in a trial race at Ruidoso Downs. The Fillies was her fifth stakes win. Joe Martinez was aboard Glory Be Mine, a daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Dome who races for Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor. She was bred by Ginger Washburn.

Fincher, who won four of the seven Thoroughbred stakes on last year’s New Mexico Cup, had a double Sunday. He sent out Smash Dancer ($4.20) who won his third straight race in the $182,690 Sprint. The horse opened up on the field on the turn, then held off a surging Lefty Who by a neck, covering six furlongs in 1:09.31. Fincher said Smash Dancer has blossomed mentally.

“He’s completely confident now and has been putting it all out there on the track,” he said.

Miguel Hernandez rode Smash Dancer.

Sweeping win for Cali Baby

Cali Baby ($3.80) overcame post 12 to win her third straight stakes in the $182,690 Peppers Pride Filly and Mare Championship by a widening 9 1/2 lengths over La Sopresa. Cali Baby raced off the pace in the early stages of the one-mile race, moved four wide to the lead approaching the final turn, and then went on to cover the distance in 1:37.71.

A.J. Juarez Jr. rode the winner for trainer Eric Mikkelson. Cali Baby had won a pair of stakes at the Downs at Albuquerque heading into the Peppers Pride. She is a 4-year-old daughter of Thatsusintheolbean.

Double Smart catches defending champ

Double Smart ($37.80) angled off the rail late to edge defending champ Enchanted Outlaw by a nose in the $192,075 Rocky Gulch Classic. The winner covered the mile for 3-year-olds and up in 1:37.35.

Ramsey Zimmerman was in to ride Double Smart, who races for Roger K. Beasley and Leach Racing. Ray Ashford Jr. trains Double Smart, who is a 4-year-old by Premeditation.

Enchanted Outlaw had a clear lead in the stretch and was caught on the wire in his first start since May. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third to Runnin Red.

* Russian Lane ($3.20) improved his career record to 4 for 5 when he edged Silent Sunday by a neck in the $152,690 Juvenile. Martin Bourdieu rode Russian Lane, who won the six-furlong race in 1:10.86. The horse’s lone loss came by a nose in the $75,000 Totah in July at SunRay Park. Cal E. Martin trains Russian Lane, who won his second career stakes in the Juvenile.

* Squall Wilbud ($14.80) returned to the statebred ranks and fought for a neck win over 4-5 favorite Shamrock Girl in the $152,690 Juvenile Fillies. The winner covered six furlongs in 1:10.96. Juarez was aboard Squall Wilbud for trainer Fred Danley.

* Train Rider Blues ($13.40) closed from eighth for a head win over Herbal Slew in the $149,845 Colts and Geldings for 3-year-olds. Joe Martinez was aboard for trainer Terry Walker, and with the win Martinez, who rode Glory Be Mine, swept both 3-year-old stakes for Thoroughbreds.

* The 2-year-old filly Streak of Sixes ($4.60) won her seventh race from nine starts in the richest Quarter Horse race of the program, the $294,276 New Mexico Classic Futurity. Jacky Martin rode Streak of Sixes for Juan Gonzalez, who had five starters in the New Mexico Classic Futurity.