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Champagne Room Headlines NMHBA Stakes
Champagne Room (#10) prevailed over Donelli (#8) in her last start January 25, the Shue Fly Stakes(RG3) at Sunland Park.

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Champagne Room Headlines NMHBA Stakes

SUNLAND PARK, NM—FEBRUARY 12, 2020—A dozen state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses, headed by morning-line favorite Champagne Room, have been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Champagne Room is a graded stakes winning homebred daughter of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Jimmy Padgett for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. The filly has earned $117,511 from six races, and she is coming off of a neck victory at odds of 24-1 in the 400-yard, $226,000 Shue Fly Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park on January 25.

Champagne Room drew post 8 and will be ridden by Alonso Rivera.

The filly’s opponents include Jess Tequila Talkin, a bay son of Jesse James Jr trained by Jackie Riddle for owner Gary W. Hartstack of Houston, Texas. A finalist in last year’s $434,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs, Jess Tequila Talkin has won three of eight outs and has banked $83,619, and his resume includes at third-place finish, one length behind Champagne Room, in the Shue Fly.

Jess Tequila Talkin drew post 10 and will be ridden by Tanner Thedford.

The complete lineup, in post-position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:

  1. Don Chuy C (Adrian Ramos), 10-1
  2. First Neon Moon (Raul Herrera), 8-1
  3. Six Pack Fame (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 6-1
  4. Meleros Dash (Jose D. Ruiz), 12-1
  5. Finnley (Manuel Gutierrez), 15-1
  6. Runner Chick (Juan Carlos Rivas), 12-1
  7. Stominado (Jaime Parga Leos), 10-1
  8. Champagne Room (Alonso Rivera),5-2
  9. Jess Featured Girl (Paul Garcia), 9-2
  10. Jess Tequila Talkin (Tanner Thedford), 5-2
  11. AE-Outta Debt (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 15-1
  12. AE-Streaks Featured TF (Alfredo Sigala), 20-1

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