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Sun Downs rockin’ and racin’

April 30, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Closing weekend at Sun Downs reveals a stellar Sun Downs rock and a passel of ponies poised to pick your pockets.

Er, . . . fill your pockets, that is.

The final rock of the season—”All Around Rock”—is to be raffled off before the final race of the day on Sunday, May 2. “All Around Rock” was painted by renowned equine artist Ginny Harding. Tickets are $1.00 at the track or at Harding’s website (, and all proceed from ticket sales go to the NRQHA (Northern Racing Quarter Horse Association) scholarship fund for deserving youth involved in Quarter Horse racing.

The local feature race on Saturday is the Jim Smith Ribbons & Lace Handicap for Thoroughbreds going 6 furlongs, where Nothing In Common is installed as the morning-line 2-to-1 favorite. Wagering on the Kentucky Derby is also available.

Two stakes close out the 2010 season at Sun Downs—the Au Revoir Handicap, for Thoroughbreds going 7 furlongs, and the Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge, for Quarter Horse fillies and mares at 400 yards.

The Distaff Challenge carries a purse of $30,780, and figures to be a showdown between two Bret Vickery trainees—Sheza Bad Habit and Daddies Little Girl—who set back-to-back track records on April 18. Sheza Bad Habit is 5-to-2, while Daddies Little Girl is the favorite at 2-to-1.