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SunRay Park: Isn't He Clever always dangerous in New Mexico
Isn’t He Clever has rarely made a wrong move in New Mexico. He has compiled a 6-for-8 record in the state, and on Sunday will be returning to it to lead the $75,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park in Farmington.
Isn’t He Clever is the 123-pound highweight for the 1 1/8-mile race. He faces six others, including Gregor and Imco Spirit, the 1-2 finishers in the $35,000 Inaugural at SunRay on April 19, and Vamoose, a multiple stakes winner in New Mexico.
Isn’t He Clever is in from Texas, where he finished fourth in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 27. The 1 1/16-mile race was the horse’s first in two months, and he took the field through six furlongs in 1:10.80.
“He went a little too fast too early,” said Henry Dominguez, who trains Isn’t He Clever for J. Kirk and Judy Robison. “He was coming off a good layoff.
“He’s come back well. I’m pleased with him, and hopefully, he’ll perform to his capabilities.”
Isn’t He Clever has won four stakes in New Mexico, including the Borderland Derby at Sunland Park in 2012. He returned to run a close second in the Sunland Derby. In more recent times, Isn’t He Clever set a Sunland track record in March when he won the 6 1/2-furlong Bill Thomas Memorial in 1:13.40. In the San Juan, he will break from post 6, under Enrique Gomez. It will be Isn’t He Clever’s first start on the six-furlong track at SunRay, a configuration that makes the race three turns Sunday.
“I think with the tactical speed he’s got, it shouldn’t bother him at all,” Dominguez said. “In fact, I think it will probably favor him.”
The Robisons and Dominguez also will send out Gregor, Imco Spirit, and Casa de Cambio, all of whom race as separate interests Sunday.
Rylees Boy disqualified in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Racing Commission on Thursday upheld a stewards’ decision that disqualifies Rylees Boy from his 2011 win in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship for Quarter Horses and suspends his trainer at the time, Gerardo Ochoa-Pena, a year, after Rylees Boy tested positive for the Class 2 drug fluphenazine.
The drug is said to be used as a calming agent in horses. Ochoa-Pena also was fined $2,500. In addition, the $150,000 first-place check was ordered redistributed. Louisiana Senator was second in the race that was run May 28, 2011.
Ochoa-Pena has approximately 30 days to file an appeal, and if he does the case would move into the district court system as it is completed on a racing administrative level, according to commission officials. An attorney representing Ochoa-Pena did not return a call Friday.
Rylees Boy has won three Grade 1 races in his last four starts.
◗ The results of the necropsy on Cartel Quick, the 2-year-old Quarter Horse who was euthanized a day after winning the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Downs Futurity on June 9, are not available for review yet because the case is still under investigation, a New Mexico Racing Commission official said.
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