04/23/2008 12:00AM

Peppers Pride tries for record


Peppers Pride will face eight rivals at SunRay Park on Saturday, when she attempts to tie North America's modern mark for consecutive wins, 16, in the $75,000 Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap. Entries for the race were taken Wednesday morning at the Farmington, N.M., track. Peppers Pride drew post 7 for the 6 1/2-furlong stakes that will be run around two turns on the six-furlong oval at SunRay.

"I'd like to have been closer to the inside on that particular racetrack," said Joel Marr, who trains Peppers Pride and has given the mount to Carlos Madeira.

Peppers Pride is out to equal the Thoroughbred mark for consecutive victories shared by Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams, and Mister Frisky. She is undefeated in 15 career starts, with her last victory coming in the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park on March 23.

For the Foutz, Peppers Pride is highweighted at 127 pounds. She will spot her rivals between 6 and 14 pounds in the race restricted to fillies and mares bred in New Mexico. Marr said she was to travel by van from Sunland Park to SunRay on Thursday. It is about a 400-mile trip, he said. Peppers Pride, who has won before at SunRay, has won 11 stakes during her career and has earnings of $816,665. She races for her breeder, Joe Allen.

Peppers Pride is one of two horses in the Southwest region who have been on significant win streaks. The other was the Paint horse Got Country Grip, who won his 16th consecutive race last month at Remington Park. He bid for win No. 17 last Saturday night, and finished second by a head in a stakes at Remington. It was the first career defeat for Got Country Grip.