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Hard To Resist Rallies For Second Straight Stakes Win

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (May 25, 2014) – J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Hard To Resist has found a winning home in New Mexico while racing to her second straight stakes victory with a late-running score in the $50,000 First Lady Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.

            Hard To Resist defeated five other fillies and mares with a 1:10.32 time for the six furlongs.

            Cottagecupcake, the even-money choice, took the lead from the gate with a first quarter in :22.30 and a half in :44.50 while trying to be rated by rider Carlos Madeira.

            Jockey Enrique Portillo Gomez let Hard To Resist, the 2-1 second choice, settle off the pace and then rallied for through the stretch for the one-length win over Cottagecupcake. It was another length back to third-place finisher Bright Town.

            The First Lady Handicap had the same result as the $50,000 Czaria Handicap at Sunland Park. In that six-furlong test for distaffers, Hard To Resist got up to defeat Cottagecupcake by a nose.

            The Henry Dominguez-trained Hard To Resist, a daughter of Johannesburg, raced against Grade 1 company in the $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland last fall. The six-year-old mare then traveled to Southern California and competed in allowance and optional-claiming races. She was claimed for $40,000 in March at Santa Anita Park by her current connections and shipped to New Mexico.

            Hard To Resist found success with a second in the $75,000 Harry Henson Stakes at Sunland Park before narrowly winning the Czaria.

            The Dallas Barton-trained Cottagecupcake kept her consistent record intact with her runner-up effort. The Stormello daughter has four wins and three second-place runs from seven starts.