06/20/2008 12:00AM

Goodbye Norma Jean finds a new home


Goodbye Norma Jean, claimed for $40,000 at Santa Anita five months ago, looks for her second straight stakes win in the $50,000 Dr. O.G. Fischer Memorial Handicap at SunRay Park. The seven-furlong Fischer is slotted as the ninth race and is one of two stakes on a card that begins at 2:15 p.m. Mountain. The eighth race is the $50,000 Marathon Handicap, an 870-yard race for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Goodbye Norma Jean, owned by Chris Coleman and trained by Henry Dominguez, won her last two starts in California against $40,000 claiming company but has run exclusively in stakes races in New Mexico. A Tale of the Cat filly, she had a second and a pair of thirds at Sunland Park before winning her first stakes in the Sawyer Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on May 31. Joe Martinez, who has ridden her in all of her New Mexico races, has a return call.

Snowdrop, second in the Sawyer to Goodbye Norma Jean, brings the field's highest bankroll of $171,840 into the race and won over this track on May 15. Trainer Bennie Woolley has named Patrick Valenzuela to ride Sunday. Valenzuela, who has ties to New Mexico, makes his first trip to SunRay Park this weekend and has nine mounts on the 10-race card.

* Vital Winner looks for his fourth straight stakes win in the Marathon Handicap. Vital Winner started his streak at Remington Park on March 15 before winning at Manor Downs on March 29 and Aprilo20. Nicky Madrid gets the mount from trainer Bolen Bradley.