Mamacita Cartel Wins First Rita Danley

David Bloomer’s homebred Mamacita Cartel showed her class with a professional win in the first running of the $45,000 Rita Danley Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.

The Rita Danley was contested for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares.

The five-year-old Mamacita Cartel, the 17-10 favorite, started well and then encountered a slight bump. She quickly found her stride under rider Albert T. Medrano and went to work. She raced straight down the track to get the three-quarter-length win over Wahene Version, who was disqualified from second to last. Wahene Version veered in sharply from the sixth post position.

The disqualification moved Addy Ann Angel Eyes up to second from third place and Fireball Flash was awarded third place after crossing the finish line in fourth.

The Cynthia Gonzalez-trained Mamacita Cartel was timed in :19.679 for the 400 yards.

The daughter of Big Daddy Cartel was making her second 2019 start. She produced an embryo by Jesse James Jr this spring and then was fourth in her 2019 debut.

Last year, she won the $145,000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship and was second to the boys in the $170,000 New Mexico Classic Championship and the $70,000 First Moonflash Maturity.

The Rita Danley win pushed her career earnings to $294,297.

“I raised her mother (Posies Woodette) and she has produced 100-percent winners from six starters,” Bloomer said. “She held the 440-yard track record at Albuquerque for nine years.

“I want to thank Cynthia and all of the good people who work with her.”

Adrienne Tedford’s runner-up Addy Ann Angel Eyes gained her first stakes placing in the Rita Danley. The 6-year-old Sixes Royal-sired mare won a maiden race at Sunland Park in February and then took a Sunland Park conditioned allowance race.

Addy Ann Angel Eyes is trained by Keven Woods and was ridden by Raul Herrera.

Dan Delaney and R. “Dosi” Alvarez’s Fireball Flash, a three-year-old daughter of First Moonflash, is trained by Seth Ferguson and Mauro Salcedo was aboard.

Fireball Flash qualified for last year’s $410,000 Zia Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and then won a $60,000 allowance race for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs.

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