01/22/2010 12:00AM

Tornado Betty tops Evans trio


Trainer Justin Evans is winning with more than 40 percent of his starters in his first season at Sunland Park, and things can get even better for him Sunday. Evans has three capable runners in the $50,000 El Paso Times, including Tornado Betty, who could go favored in the field of 10.

The race is for 3-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs. Other top contenders in the field include Kinsolving, a stakes winner at Charles Town in her last start in August, and Pyrite On My Mind, who took on males last out in the $107,000 Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland on Dec. 29.

Evans came to New Mexico from Remington Park in Oklahoma City. From 16 local starters, he has won seven races and finished second in five others.

"We came down here with the right kind of mix of horses," he said. "We've been able to get in and also claim some horses. And the horses like the track. It's been an awesome meet so far."

Tornado Betty leads the Evans charge in the El Paso Times. She won at the race's distance in her last start, the $50,000 Arizona Juvenile Filly at Turf Paradise on Dec. 26. It was the second straight score for Tornado Betty, who is making her first start for Evans on Sunday.

"She's really on top of her game," he said.

"I don't think she thinks she can be beat right now."

Jorge Carreno will ride Tornado Betty.

Becker County Miss has spent the fall with Evans and ran fourth last out in a first-level allowance at Sunland in December. She has since worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 in her final prep for the El Paso Times.

"She's a filly that, in my opinion, is really starting to turn the corner," Evans said. "She's just a filly really on the improve."

Jockey Martin Bourdieu, who Evans said has been another factor in his good meet, has the mount on Becker County Miss.

Chandlers Heart rounds out the Evans trio. She won a $16,000 claimer at Golden Gate in her last start Dec. 31 and was claimed from that race by Guy Francone. Earlier in her career, Chandlers Heart had finished in front of Tornado Betty, Evans noted.

Kinsolving shows some nice works for her return. Last year, she was a maiden winner at Keeneland and went on to run third in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill. Luis Contreras has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.