07/26/2008 11:00PM

Peppers Pride's record bid rained out


Peppers Pride’s bid for history will have to wait. Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico was forced to cancel its entire card on Sunday after being hit with more than six inches of rain as part of the Hurricane Dolly storm system. Peppers Pride was to have run in the $55,000 Lincoln Handicap, a race in which she was attempting to win her 17th straight race and set a modern record for consecutive wins by a Thoroughbred. Her next start is to be determined, said her trainer, Joel Marr.

“I’m not making any plans today,” he said.

Ruidoso had scheduled 10 stakes worth a cumulative $1 million for Sunday, and those races will be brought back for Saturday, according to Robbie Junk, the racing secretary at Ruidoso. Whether Peppers Pride runs depends on what happens over the course of the next week, said Marr. He said he has never seen the extent of rain at Ruidoso that it was hit with on Sunday.

“It’s all going to depend on what we can do with her,” he said. “I can guarantee you we’re not training for several days.”

Marr said the next stakes option for Peppers Pride on the New Mexico calendar is the $50,000 Carlos Salazar for statebred fillies and mares at The Downs at Albuquerque on Aug. 17.

Peppers Pride equaled the modern Thoroughbred mark of 16 consecutive wins in her last start, when she won the $75,000 Foutz Distaff at SunRay Park on April 26. She shares the record with Cigar, Citation, Hallowed Dreams and Mister Frisky. Peppers Pride is undefeated, and has earned $861,665 for her owner and breeder, Joe Allen.