Wayne Davis' Mocito Rojo made his graded stakes debut a winning one on Sunday, closing ground and kicking away to win the G3 Steve Sexton Mile by two lengths over favored King Abner. The 5-year-old son of Mutadda was sent off at odds of 5-1 under Filemon Rodriguez, and he became the first graded winner for trainer Shane Wilson. Mocito Rojo ran the mile over Lone Star Park's fast main track in 1:37.06.
King Abner was relegated to second, while Title Ready finished third. Air Strike, Shotgun Kowboy, G's Turn, Phat Man, Forevamo, Analyze This Jet, and Minister of Soul completed the order of finish.
Bred in Kentucky by Paul and Andrena Van Duren, Mocito Rojo is out of the unraced Orientate mare Blushing Royale, herself tracing back to Chilean Group 1 winner La Madame. The intact horse broke his maiden at first asking for a tag of $10,000, at which time he was claimed by his current connections. His first stakes win came in the Evangeline Mile in 2018, and he also owns stakes wins in the Delta Mile and the Owner Appreciation Cup Stakes. Overall, Mocito Rojo has won 14 of his 22 starts to earn $484,750.
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