Albuquerque Downs opens its 56-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a nine-race program on Friday, headlined by the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Duke City Sprint Stakes for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.
Post time for the first race is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT).
Walker Stalker, a homebred Stroll gelding trained by Jose R. Gonzalez Jr. for Gallegos del Norte Racing of Albuquerque, will be making his first start since March 24, when he finished off the board in the 1 1/8-mile, $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at Sunland Park. Walker Stalker has earned $33,720 from from four races, all at Sunland Park, and his season record includes a third-place finish, four lengths behind winner Hustle Up, in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 Mine That Bird Stakes on February 24.
The 5-2 morning-line favorite, Walker Stalker drew post 4 and will be ridden by Alejandro Medellin.
Justin Evans, last year's leading Thoroughbred trainer, will send out two contenders, including Iron Britches for owner Tony P. Carnes, who claimed the Kentucky-bred gelding for $8,000 at Sunland Park on April 7. Iron Britches has won both of his outs since the claim, both against allowance company at SunRay Park.
Iron Britches drew post 2 and will be ridden by Irwin Rosendo.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
- Myhotrodlincoln (Roimes Chirinos), 3-1
- Iron Britches (Irwin Rosendo), 7-2
- Sidney's Hope (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 6-1
- Walker Stalker (Alejandro Medellin), 5-2
- Prince Pierce (Scott Stevens), 4-1
- Its Five Somewhere (Frank Reyes), 8-1
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