Peppers Pride’s job of winning a record 17th consecutive race just got tougher. Instead of having to overcome a three-month break, she will have to win off of a four-month break and missed training. She has not run since winning the Foutz Distaff Memorial on April 26th. As chronicled earlier in this blog, the New Mexico-bred mare was entered in the Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on July 27th. The entire day of racing was cancelled due to extreme flooding (photo), and rescheduled for August 2nd. It was rescheduled a second time to this Sunday, August 31st.
According to a Ruidoso Downs press release, Peppers Pride “had a maintenance work, was galloped for 10 days and then was tightened up with a faster drill” since July 27th. The weather may be Peppers Pride’s worst foe again, as rain is possible over the weekend, per Blood-Horse.
Here are the entries from Blood-Horse:
$67,500 Lincoln Handicap (Race 10, 4:12 p.m. Mountain),
New Mexico-Bred Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Mega Dome, 113, Mark A. Villa
2. Peppers Pride, 127, Carlos D. Madeira
3. Miss Possibility, 116, Joe A. Martinez
4. Good Looker R F, 117, Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.
5. Charlie’s Pizzazz, 115, Alejandro Medellin
6. Silver Expression, 117, Miguel A. Perez
7. Complete Pride, 114, Jorge M. Bourdieu
8. Let the Musicbegin, 116, Ricardo Jaime
Jockey Carlos Madeira, trainer Joel Marr, and owner/breeder Joe Allen have been along for the ride through all of Peppers Pride’s races thus far.
Also on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs, the champion Quarter Horse filly Heartswideopen can become the all-time leading money winner of her breed by winning the All American Derby (Gr. I). With the winner’s share of the purse, her earnings could rise to $2,224,720 and pass Refrigerator’s mark of $2,126,309.
Sunday could steal the show on this stakes-packed Labor Day weekend.