Updated on 09/16/2011 6:54AM

Sunland Park track report


Saturday's $30,000-added Budweiser Handicap at Sunland Park at 1,000 yards turned into a match race between a Quarter Horse, Kama Shootin, who specializes in 870-yard races, and a sprinting Thoroughbred, Terminator Won. Both entered the race with winning streaks on the line and track records on their resumes.

Kama Shootin rode a six-race win streak into the Budweiser, dating back to June, all at 870 yards, which included track records at Albuquerque Downs and Sun Ray Park, as well as three consecutive stakes wins.

Terminator Won had a three-race win streak topped by a track-record-equaling performance at five furlongs here in his last start, on Dec. 29. The 1,000 yards fell right between the distances favored by the two horses.

Kama Shootin went right to the lead, but by midstretch Terminator Won had ranged up beside him, and the final furlong was a test of will, with Kama Shootin getting the nod at the wire. The final time of 51.51 seconds crushed the seven-year-old track standard of 51.84.

Kama Shootin, owned by Lola Willis and Joyce McBride, returned $4.40 with Chris Zamora in the irons. Kama Shootin earned $19,920 to put his career total at $178,863. Steve Stephens trains Kama Shootin.

* Sunland has a novel ontrack promotion planned for March 9, a $1,000,000 pick 11. If hit, the money will be distributed as a $25,000-per year annuity. Consolation prizes will be awarded if no one correctly picks the winners of all 11 races.

Jockey Johnny Maldonado broke his ankle before Saturday afternoon's fifth race when his mount, Copper Native, flipped in the gate and was scratched. The 29-year-old Maldonado went home to Albuquerque to see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation and possible surgery. He expects to be out of action two to three months.