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Astica, Happy Hennessy Dominate on Land of Enchantment Day
RSS Feeds Wednesday, November 23, 2016
New Mexico-breds Astica and Happy Hennessy both scored impressive victories on Wednesday’s $1.28-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.

Making her first start in nearly 10 months, Astica won the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship Stakes (RG1) for state-bred distaffers. Prepped by Wes Giles and ridden by Salvador Martinez for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico, Astica won by 3 1/4 lengths in :19.452 while earning her ninth win in 13 outs and pushing her lifetime bankroll to $392,923.

Astica has won five stakes and was last year’s AQHA champion 3-year-old filly.

Happy Hennessy won the 1-mile and 70-yard, $140,000 Eddy County Stakes (R) for state-bred juveniles for owner Fred Danley, who also trains the homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding. Ridden by Enrique Gomez, Happy Hennessy defeated Dom Strait by seven lengths in 1:44.25.

Happy Hennessy was winning for the first time in nine starts, and the $84,000 winner’s share of the Eddy County Stakes purse bumped his earnings to $148,770.

Gary and Mary West’s Family Tree, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Smart Strike trained by Wayne Catalano, won the program’s signature race, the 1 1/16-mile, $300,000 Zia Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Sent to post as the 13-10 favorite in a field of nine, Family Tree covered the distance in 1:43.59 under jockey Florent Geroux.

Bettors throughout North America responded to Zia Park’s large fields by wagering $2,091,079 on the 10-race program, including $2,021,139 off-track. This year’s total Land of Enchantment Day handle topped last year’s figure of $1,192,683 for 11 races by 69 percent.

Following is a recap of all nine stakes races from Wednesday Also rans are listed in official order of finish.

KING RICK RACK STAKES
Purse, $50,000 -- 870 yards
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Executive Trust (5G, Executive Menace-Entrust by Relagate)
Owner -- Sherree Meridyth
Breeder -- Scarlett Hill Farm Inc. (TX)
Trainer -- Guadalupe Munoz Jr.
Jockey -- Ruby Gonzalez
Winning Time -- :46.399
Winning Margin -- head
Odds -- 9-1
Also ran -- Kingsbury (5-2 favorite), Ec Cartel, Swiss Chris, Ocean Smoke, Fire On The Fly, Admiral Zoomwalt, and Streakin Zoomer.

NEW MEXICO FILLY & MARE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
Purse, $140,000 -- 400 yards
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Astica (4M, Jesse James Jr-Alice K White by First Down Dash)
Owner and Breeder -- MJ Farms (NM)
Trainer -- Wes Giles
Jockey -- Salvador Martinez
Winning Time -- :19.452
Winning Margin -- 3 1/4 lengths
Odds -- 11-10 (favorite)
Also ran -- Get Down Bambi, Sweet Splenda, Teana Fay, Chickaloni, BL Corona, My Royal Highness, and JJ Jessies Girl.

ZIA PARK QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (G1)
Purse, $150,000 -- 440 yards
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Jessies First Down (5G, Fdd Dynasty-Jess A Classy Lassy by Mr Jess Perry)
Owner and Breeder -- Ted G. Abrams (TX)
Trainer -- Judd Kearl
Jockey -- Rodrigo Vallejo
Winning Time -- :21.722
Winning Margin -- head
Odds -- 3-1
Also ran -- Zoomin Effortlessly (3-10 favorite), Alis Jumpn, Fly Thru The Fire, Apollitical Ok, TF Im That Guy, and Memphis D Nasty

ZIA PARK SPRINT STAKES
Purse, $75,000 -- 6 furlongs
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Rockport Kat (4G, Rockport Harbor-Not Offensive by Deputy Commander)
Owner -- John W. Sadler Inc,
Breeder -- H. Allen Poindexter (OK)
Trainer -- John Sadler
Jockey -- Tyler Baze
Winning Time -- 1:10.32
Winning Margin -- 3 1/2 lengths
Odds -- 3-1
Also ran -- Storm Advisory, Get A Notion, Indexical, Redneck Humor, Wings Locked Up, Toews On Ice, and Chief Istan (13-10 favorite).

ZIA PARK DISTAFF STAKES
Purse, $75,000 -- 6 furlongs
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older

Winner -- D R C’s Pretty Sky (3F, Sky Mesa-Pretty Valentine by Macho Uno)
Owner -- B and G Racing Stable and Selman Shaby
Breeder -- John C. Oxley (KY)
Trainer -- Robertino Diodoro
Jockey -- Geovanni Franco
Winning Time -- 1:09.71
Winning Margin -- neck
Odds -- 14-1
Also ran -- Wheatfield, Moment Is Right, Diabolical Dame, Cinnamon Spice (2-1 favorite), Laugh It Up, Minster’sadventure, Seams Discreet, and Ghost Locket.

EDDY COUNTY STAKES (R)
Purse, $140,000 -- 1 mile & 70 yards
New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds

Winner -- Happy Hennessy (2G, Roll Hennessy Roll-I’m A Happy Gal by Brave Lad)
Owner and Trainer -- Fred I. Danley
Breeder -- Rita J. Danley (NM)
Jockey -- Enrique Gomez
Winning Time -- 1:44.25
Winning Margin -- 7 lengths
Odds -- 6-1
Also ran -- Dom Strait, Stormtown Heat, Thunder Dome (9-5 favorite), Reining Pesos, Lauras Indianmusic, Pink Cadillac, Raskateer, McFirst, El Tule, and Fastinating Allie.

ZIA PARK THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIP
Purse, $150,000 -- 1 1/8 miles
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Code West (6R, Lemon Drop Kid-Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado)
Owners -- Bryan Hawk, Leo Hawk, and Tim Hawk
Breeder -- Edward P. Evans (VA)
Trainer -- Boyd Caster
Jockey -- Luis Quinonez
Winning Time -- 1:51.19
Winning Margin -- 1 1/2 lengths
Odds -- 12-1
Also ran -- Smack Smack, Ol Winedrinker Who, King Of New York (2-1 favorite), Forest Mouse, J Serino, Mobile Bay, Tap The Admiral, Streaks Bro, Endurance, Fusaichi Samurai, and Missing Groom.

ZIA PARK DERBY
Purse, $200,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-olds

Winner -- Pass The Buck (3C, Pulpit-Windy by Wild Rush)
Owner -- Bryan Hawk
Breeder -- Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. (KY)
Trainer -- Boyd Caster
Jockey-- Luis Quinonez
Winning Time -- 1:44.06
Winning Margin -- 1/2 length
Odds -- 7-1
Also ran -- Semper Fortis, Inside Straight, Dalmore (13-10 favorite), Way Striking, Cowboy Cool, Concord Fast, Let’s Meet In Rio, No Distortion, Deputy’s Echo, Phantom Trip, and Mending Fences.

ZIA PARK OAKS
Purse, $300,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-old fillies

Winner -- Family Tree (3F, Smart Strike-Giant Mover by Giant’s Causeway)
Owner -- Gary & Mary West
Breeder -- Dell Ridge Farm LLC and Sam-Son Farm (KY)
Trainer -- Wayne Catalano
Jockey -- Florent Geroux
Winning Time -- 1:43.59
Winning Margin -- 8 1/2 lengths
Odds -- 13-10 (favorite)
Also ran -- K P Wildcat, Ready To Confess, Coniah, Mimi’s Money, Ruby Sioux, Land Over Sea, Victress, and Fried Pickles.

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.




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