Updated on 09/17/2011 12:49PM

Inox captures Bold Ego

Bill Pitt
Inox edges Gimme a Clue by a neck in Saturday's $53,950 Bold Ego Handicap at Sunland Park.

SUNLAND PARK, N. M. - Steve Asmussen's uncoupled entry of City Sleeper and Dazzling Rubies, bet down to 3-5 and 7-2 respectively, were upset by Inox ($26.80) in Saturday's $53,950 at Sunland Park.

Asmussen, who has a string on the grounds here for the first time, won six stakes last season with ship-ins and finished sixth in the overall standings. With only eighteen stalls for the current meet, Asmussen is dominating the standings with 19 wins from 66 starts, but strangely is now 0 for 6 in added money events despite running numerous heavy favorites.

Trained by Bart Hone, Inox came into the race after a 2 1/2 month layoff. Greg Green, who oversees Hone's horses at Sunland, explained that it wasn't a planned vacation.

"She had an abcess in a foot, so we had to give her some time, then we couldn't get the right allowance race to go for her." However, Green was confident Inox would run big. "She trained really well and is a very honest mare."

Inox and jockey Martin Bourdieu pressed the early pace three wide of Gimme a Clue through opening fractions of 22.36 and 45.54, then those two battled to the wire with Inox taking a neck decision at the end of 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.63. Nearing the stretch City Sleeper loomed just to their outside but could never get by, beaten 1 1/4 lengths in third.

Bred in Argentina, Inox won for the third time in five starts since coming to Hone and Green last summer from New York. Inox, a six-year-old mare owned by a partnership of R. D. Hubbard, E. C. Allred and Robert Masterson, boosted her career record to 22-7-3-4 and the $32,370 she earned from the win put her career total at $124,794.