12/10/2016 8:17PM

Yo Y Me makes it three straight in Arizona Breeders' Futurity

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First-time starter Kingsley, ridden by Scott Stevens, wins the filly division of the Arizona Breeders' Futurity

PHOENIX – Yo Y Me was the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in the $37,833 colt-and-gelding division of the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity at Turf Paradise on Saturday after two straight wins here this meet. He backed up that confidence with another handy tally.

Yo Y Me ($2.20), a gelded son of Dixie Chatter, broke on top in the six-furlong event for 2-year-olds bred in Arizona and got right into a duel with Sedona Sunrise, set brisk splits under Ry Eikleberry while moving clear of that rival on the far turn, and continued to extend his margin under a hand ride, eventually hitting the wire seven lengths clear. Sedona Sunrise stayed on to be a clear second with top Rocket third in the field of seven.

Yo Y Me, owned by William Matthews and Kevin Eikleberry and trained by Eikleberry, ran the distance in 1:11.45. The winner’s share of $19,987 pushes his earnings to $106,845 from 3 wins in 7 starts.

Kingsley, a first-time starter by Top Hit, showed inexperience was no issue as she displayed speed and courage to win the $36,513 filly division of the Arizona Breeders’ Futurity.

Owned and bred by the Triple AAA Ranch and trained by Kory Owens, Kingsley ($4.40) dogged early pacesetter Bring On the Bling as the 6-5 favorite under Scott Stevens in the six-furlong event, looked in trouble when actually passed in midstretch to be third, but got going again to get the win by three-quarters of a length. Top Hat Wildcat stalked the pace, came with a smart run to edge past the winner by midstretch but couldn’t keep pace with her late, finishing second. Pacesetter Bring On the Bling stayed on for third in the field of six 2-year-old fillies.

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Kingsley ran the distance in 1:14.27. She earned $19,398 in this her first start.

Sierrita ($5) came with a strong run to prove easily best in the $25,000 Cactus Flower Stakes. A daughter of Top Hit, Sierrita was last early in the 6 1/2-furlong event for fillies and mares but started a strong wide run on the turn, circled the field, and continued her momentum to the wire to win easily by 4 3/4 lengths under David Lopez. Myrna Lou pressed the pace and stayed on to be a clear second while Mobiledixie set the pace under pressure before finishing third in the field of six. Sierrita, the 3-2 favorite owned by Linden Hatch and Brent Stapley and trained by F.C. Frazier (who also trained the runner-up), ran the distance in 1:18.52. The winner’s share of $15,345 gives her earnings of $53,198 from 4 wins in 13 starts.

Rockin Home ($5.60) lagged back after an awkward start and finished strongly to capture the $25,000 Cactus Wren. Owned by Tamara Metzen and trained by David Van Winkle, Rockin Home, a 5-year-old gelded son of Rocky Bar, broke awkwardly and got bumped at the start under Larren Delorme, got into stride while well back in the 6 1/2-furlong race as last year’s winner Rocked Twice and J P Rocket dueled on the lead, commenced a strong wide run on the turn, remained very wide, and powered home to get up to win by a length as the 9-5 favorite. Coolidge stalked the pace, loomed a big threat into the lane and held second, while Ride Hard Kowboy rallied for third in the field of eight.

Rockin Home ran the distance in 1:17.58. The winner’s share of $15,035 gives him earnings of $174,183 from 7 wins in 27 starts.