06/20/2017 6:32AM

Overland Park edges Forest Mouse in San Juan County Commissioners Handicap

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Overland Park, ridden by Duane Sterling, outfinishes Forest Mouse to win the San Juan County Commissioners Handicap on Monday.

Overland Park turned the tables on frequent rival Forest Mouse on Monday, when he forged to a neck win over him in the $50,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park. It was another 11 3/4 lengths back in third to Pain and Misery.

The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up closed out the meet at the Farmington, N.M., track.

Overland Park ($5.80) came into the San Juan off a runner-up finish to Forest Mouse in the $30,000 SunRay Park Casino Handicap, and earlier this year was second to that rival in the Curribot at Sunland Park.

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Overland Park on Monday tracked the pace, as Baloney Mike put up fractions of 26.35 seconds for the opening quarter, 51.10 for the half-mile, and 1:15.82 for six furlongs. Overland Park moved to the fore in the stretch and outdueled Forest Mouse to cover the distance on a track rated fast in 1:52.38.

Duane Sterling rode Overland Park for owner Donna Eaton and trainer Nancy Summers.

Overland Park got seven pounds from highweight Forest Mouse, the odds-on favorite who toted 125 while trying for his fourth stakes win on the year.

Overland Park earned $30,000 for the win, which was his first in a stakes race. He has now compiled a career record of 5 wins from 23 starts for earnings of $173,131. Overland Park is a son of Snow Ridge and he was bred in Texas by Joe Davis. ​