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Despain Gl Surprises in Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Championship
Despain Gl (#2) edges past Believe Me Irene (#1) in the $200,000 Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Championship Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino.

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Despain Gl Surprises in Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Championship

SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 31, 2017—The lightly-raced Despain Gl, under jockey Edwuin Lujan, rallied from the inside to defeat Believe Me Irene by a neck in the $200,000 Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Championship Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Suenos Dineros finished 1-¼ lengths behind the leaders to take third.

Making just his sixth career start, Despain Gl completed the 400-yard course in :19.676 seconds into a 13-mph headwind.

Trainer R.L. "Rick" Robinson saddled the son of champion sire Desirio to his third career win for owners' Garza Laurel Partnership LLC. Somos Diez bred the sorrel gelding in Texas from the Mighty Invictus mare Pain And Pleasure.

Despain Gl broke his maiden in his first start when he qualified for the Oklahoma Juvenile Invitational at Remington Park last Spring. After a fourth-place effort in the final, he returned to set the fastest qualifying time for the $1.1 million Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity.

Sunland Park Director of Racing Dustin Dix presents the Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Championship stakes trophy to winning trainer R.L. "Rick" Robinson and the connections of Despain Gl. © Coady Photography
Following a disappointing sixth place effort as the post-time favorite in the Heritage Place Futurity(G1), Despain Gl was laid-off over the summer and returned in October to finish third in a trial for the Texas Classic Futurity.

Despain Gl has compiled a (6) 3-0-1 record and today's $80,000 Winter Juvenile winners' purse boosted the colt's bankroll to $157,875.

Coming off a second-place effort in the Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park in her last start, Believe Me Irene was looking for her first career win under jockey Jose Enriquez. Edged at the wire, the daughter of leading sire Valiant Hero picked up $36,000 for the effort. She races for owner Diamond Racing Stables LLC and is trained by Jose Luis Muela.

Also, only making her sixth career start, Believe Me Irene also qualified for the $3 million All American Futurity(G1) at Ruidoso Downs last summer. Bred in Arizona by H&E Racing, Inc., from the Mr Jess Perry mare Financial Leverage, Believe Me Irene has compiled a (6) 0-4-1 record and earned $133,800.

Grade 2 West Texas Futurity winner Suenos Dineros finished third for owner Victor Lozano. Also trained by Muela, the son of Bodacious Dash was ridden by jockey Esgar Ramirez. Bred in Texas by Eugene Therwhanger, Suenos Dineros picked up $18,000 to bring his 2-year-old bankroll to $153,623.

Posttime favorite A Passion For Flashin finished fourth, followed by Carris Cartel, Apollitical Brooke, Phantom Fury, Jessica Alexandra, Desire Astoli and Pops.

Live racing resumes on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.