DESIRIO GETS SECOND STAKES WINNER IN A WEEK,
KAROLINA WINS SUNBURST AT SUNLAND PARK

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 1:58:54 AM


Karolina (#7) gets up over Call Me A Blazin (#3) in Saturday's Sunburst Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Tommie Morelos / Coady Photography
SUNLAND PARK, NM—APRIL 14, 2012—Elmer Criswell and Fredda Draper's lightly raced Karolina closed well Saturday afternoon to defeat Call Me A Blazn Chic in the $110,000 Sunburst Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

Under jockey Tanner Thedford, Karolina got her head in front at the wire while completing the 350 yards in a quick :16.680 seconds, a 104 speed index. The winner's purse of $66,000 more than doubled her career earnings to $101,381.

Conditioned by Carl Draper, the brown filly that broke her maiden is now 1-3-1 in seven starts. Last season she was a finalist in the rich $384,031 Zia Futurity(G1) at Ruidoso Downs, but lost her path and finished fifth in the final. Karolina did not start again until March 10th when she posted a game second place effort in a Sunland Park maiden race. The homebred daughter of Grade 3 winner DESIRIO is out of Snazzy Ride, by Bridlewood.

It was the second stakes win at Sunland Park in a week for a DESIRIO filly. Last Saturday the son of Strawfly Special sired PJ Chick In Black, winner of the $251,358 New Mexico Spring QH Futurity(RG2). That brown filly was owned in partnership by Fredda Draper and Denny Bowen and also conditioned by Carl Draper.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Call Me A Blazn Chic picked up $23,650 to push her earnings mark over $403,500. J and M Racing and Farm own the filly. Roberto Sanchez trains with Esgar Ramirez riding. Mike Abraham bred her.

Wish You Had One To finished a half-length back, earning $11,000 for owner Royal Dream Ranch, LLC. Alejandro Perez Sanchez conditioned the filly bred by Terrence Lane. Jess Lavario was up.

Completing the field were Fysta, Gotloveifyouwantit, Sparklin Royal, Cat Ta Hoola and My Soul Mate. Dreams Happen and Runaway Babe were scratched.

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