01/17/2015 8:17PM

Southern Fire connects at 30-1 in Pepsi Cola

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Southern Fire pays $63.20 for his win under Elvin Gonzalez in the Pepsi Cola for 3-year-old New Mexico-breds.

Southern Fire kept Liberty Lover from winning his fifth straight race Saturday, when he upset the $85,000 Pepsi Cola at Sunland Park at 30-1. Southern Fire was a 3 1/2-length winner over Lux, who finished a neck in front of third-place finisher and favorite Liberty Lover.

Southern Fire ($63.20) raced in fifth early as French Lyon took the field through an opening quarter in 21.87 seconds and a half-mile in 44.33. Southern Fire darted clear to cover the six furlongs for 3-year-olds bred in New Mexico in 1:09.88.

Elvin Gonzalez was aboard the winner for Judge Lanier Racing and trainer Simon Buechler.