04/12/2015 7:09PM

Proceed sets track record winning Sunland Handicap

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Proceed, with Alfredo Juarez Jr. aboard, covers 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.37 in the Sunland Park Handicap.

Highly regarded New Mexico-bred Proceed remained perfect in five starts racing at Sunland Park when he drew clear in deep stretch to win Sunday’s $75,000 Sunland Park Handicap.

In winning for the seventh time in eight lifetime starts, Proceed ($7.20) broke the track record for 1 1/8 miles set by Firing Line in last month’s Sunland Derby by .02 of a second with his time of 1:47.37.

Facing open company for the first time since sustaining his only career defeat in the Zia Park Derby in November, Proceed made a four-wide bid from fourth to challenge for the lead with about three furlongs remaining under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr.  Proceed dueled with Isn't He Clever to the eighth pole, then took command and finished 4 1/2 lengths clear of  Isn’t He Clever. Proceed’s uncoupled stablemate, Ol Winedrinker Who, got third at 18-1, 5 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.

Rebranded broke slowly, spotting the field several lengths, rushed up to contention on the backside and then dropped back to last as the 6-5 favorite.

Joel Marr, who trains Proceed for owner Michael Stinson, said he was a bit concerned that Juarez may have moved too soon with the 4-year-old colt.

“This was a chance to show what we had,” Marr said of moving Proceed into open company after two wins earlier in the meet against New Mexico-breds. “Today he proved he’s a very, very nice horse.”

Michael Maira More than 1 year ago
dont forget the variation in run up distances from track to track. one would have to factor in the distance the horse must travel from the gate to whereever the timer is set to start at any given track. so yes frank, you are correct ...t sometimes a 1:47.50 at Sunland might not be as fast a 1:48.75 at churchill downs. again i myself am not to keen on this variable
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
hand timed at 149
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Absolutely not true. This final time is way inaccurate. If you watch the race they were crawling early...visually crawling....I think they even showed 23 and change. Then at the quarter they were at 1;10 and change...and they finally picked it up. We are supposed to believe that they went the mile 1:35...and then 1:47 and change at the finish. Absolutely no way. Seriously, watch this race. Nothing against this horse or this race. But, the timer was way off. This is another reason why I never use time in handicapping. Oh, don't get me wrong....I'll look at internal fractions when handicapping, but final times are off....they just are. Watch the replay and let me know your opinion. In my opinion, there is no way they came home that fast....no way.
Mark Garcia More than 1 year ago
I agree with half of what you are saying. The 23 and change opening quarter does seems slow. There does appear to be a fair amount of run up before the race clock would officially start. If you look at the video it would be after where the starter is standing. (Sorry, I do not know how many feet the run up is at Sunland Park for 1 1/8 mile races) Anyway, if there is a discrepancy in the final time, I think it could be traced to an inaccurate opening quarter. One more thing , Firing Line last 1/8 in 12.69 in a cantor, Proceed 12.32 vigorously ridden. My Point.... Proceed's final 1/8th seems legit. I watched both videos side by side, both horses hit the wire together.
tommy More than 1 year ago
The time is correct!!! They might of even had epo drug to get that fast time!! The horse did a grade 1 finish with that time!! If you finish 1 1/8 in Charles town classic @ 1:47, that's good enough to beat shared belief !!
John Cicale More than 1 year ago
Will receive an 80 Beyer :(
Jeff Wilson More than 1 year ago
Deserves at least an 81