12/20/2009 12:00AM

Sunland stakes to odds-on King's Water Lilly

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King s Water Lilly lived up to her 1-5 billing on Sunday, when she won her two-turn debut by 3 1/4 lengths in the at Sunland Park. The one-mile race was restricted to 2-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico.

King s Water Lilly ($2.60) came into the Enchantress off a runner-up finish to her division s best horse, Glory Be Mine, in the $149,000 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies. And with that rival sitting out Sunday s race, King s Water Lilly was a short-priced favorite. She raced four wide around the first turn and down the backside in the Enchantress, with Avenue of Tears leading the field through an opening quarter in 24.31 seconds and a half-mile in 48.24.

King s Water Lilly moved up approaching the final turn, went after the leader and proceeded to pull clear in the stretch, covering the distance on a fast track in 1:40.41. Rico Flores was aboard for Eagles Racing Stables and trainer Rodney Richards.

Wild Time Tonight finished second in the inaugural running of the Enchantress, 3 lengths clear of third-place finisher Girl Con.