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Astica Returns in New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship
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Astica, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White, will face older distaffers for the first time in Wednesday’s 400-yard, $140,000-added New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park.

The New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship is one of two state-bred stakes and eight stakes scheduled for Wednesday’s third annual “Land of Enchantment” Day program at Zia Park. Post time for the first of 11 races is set for 12:15 p.m. (MST).

Astica is trained by Jason Giles for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and the filly brings a six-race win streak that started in July 2014 into the New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship. This year, Astica has banked $182,603 from five outs, and her season record includes two stakes wins at The Downs at Albuquerque and one graded stakes victory at Ruidoso Downs.

The 9-5 morning-line favorite, Astica drew post 4 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Watch For Corona (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 20-1; Averyspecialsouthern (Jaime Leos), 30-1; BL Corona (Edgar S. Martinez), 30-1; Astica (Adrian Ramos), 9-5; Regal First Moon (Omar Reyes), 8-1; Genuine Kiss (Sergio Dominguez), 15-1; AJ Hardwood (Ruben Calderon), 6-1; Pretty Woody Jesse (Ivan Carnero), 7-2; Penny Snitchin (Esgar Ramirez), 9-2; Bankie Bay (Manuel Gutierrez), 20-1; AE-Lady Secret Dash (Alejandro Medellin), 30-1; and AE-CD Tight Rope (Esgar Ramirez), 20-1.

Also on Wednesday, an overflow field of 12 state-bred 2-year-olds, including two also eligibles, has been entered in the 1-mile, $140,000-added Eddy County Stakes (R).

Back Seat Hero, the upset winner of the November 1, 6-furlong New Mexico Cup Juvenile Championship (R) at Zia Park, drew post 9 and will be ridden by David Cardoso. A homebred son of Diabolical trained by Henry Dominguez for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, Back Seat Hero has won two of six starts and has earned $113,690.

Stormin The Jewels, a stakes winning son of Attila’s Storm racing for John May and Sue May of Fort Stockton, Texas, is coming off of a second-place finish to Back Seat Hero in the New Mexico Cup Juvenile Championship. Trained by Fred Danley, the gelding rallied to win the September 27, 6-furlong Camino Real Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Stormin The Jewels drew post 6 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Gold Boundry (Elvin Gonzalez), 10-1; Dyno Dom (Isaias Enriquez), 30-1; Dmrestlesswarrior (Martin Garcia), 15-1; Billy Joe Who (Carlos Madeira), 20-1; Terras Song (Enrique Gomez), 10-1; Stormin The Jewels (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 4-1; Casey Jones Who (Aldo Arboleda), 8-1; Jonesy Who (Ken Tohill), 6-1; Back Seat Hero (David Cardoso), 3-1; Ten Penny Cents (Ry Eikleberry), 5-1; AE-Irish Indian (Martin Garcia), 30-1; Oh Parrdonn Me (Francisco Duran), 30-1.

New Mexico-breds Mad About The Moon and Major Moonflash are among the 12 sprinters entered in Wednesday’s open 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship (G1).

A $5,000 purchase at the 2013 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Mad About The Moon races for David Valdez of Odessa, Texas. Trained by Juan M. Gonzalez, the 3-year-old gelded son of First Moonflash has earned $707,463 from 12 outs, and his five wins include a half-length score in last year’s 400-yard, $290,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.

Mad About The Moon’s record also includes a second-place finish to JM Miracle in last year’s 440-yard, $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.

Major Moonflash is coming off of a one-length win as the 2-1 favorite in the November 1, 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park. The First Moonflash gelding is trained by Jason Giles for owners Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque.

Major Moonflash drew post 3 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

Other contenders in the Zia Park Championship include reigning AQHA world champion JRC Callas First. A 5-year-old son of the Runaway Winner stallion Winners Award racing for Dana Stroud and trainer Brian Stroud, the gelding will be making his first start since September 27, when he scored a head victory as the 2-1 choice in the 440-yard, $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Fall Championship.

Damian Martinez will ride JRC Callas First from post 6.

The complete lineup for the Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Jesscuzican (Larry Payne), 15-1; Quick Dynasty (Jesse Levario), 20-1; Major Moonflash (Adrian Ramos), 5-1; Mad About The Moon (Manuel Gutierrez), 4-1; Pure D Spit (Jesus Salazar), 6-1; JRC Callas First (Damian Martinez), 3-1; Streak Hitter (Jaime Leos), 30-1; Alis Jumpn (Sergio Dominguez), 10-1; Dashin For A Prize (Esgar Ramirez), 10-1; Eagle On The Fly (Larry Gamez), 8-1; AE-GRC Justplainazoom (Salvador Martinez), 30-1; and AE-BP Hit The Bigtime (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 30-1.

Maurcenia Cross’ Streaks Bro, a New Mexico-bred son of Elijah’s Song trained by Gary Cross, is one of nine sophomores entered in Wednesday’s open 1 1/16-mile, $200,000 Zia Park Derby.

A one-mile allowance winner during the current Zia Park meet, Streaks Bro will be facing open company for the first time in the Zia Park Derby. The homebred gelding has won three of 13 starts and has earned $90,139.

Francisco Duran has been named to ride Streaks Bro from post 8. The gelding’s eight opponents include International Star, a multiple Grade 2-winning Fusaichi Pegasus colt owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Michael Maker. International Star will be making his first start since March 28, when he rallied as the 2-1 choice to win the 1 1/8-mile, $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.

International Star drew post 6 and will be ridden by Martin Garcia.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Pain And Misery (Enrique Gomez), 6-1; Mobile Bay (Edgar Prado), 3-1; Witt Six (David Cabrera), 12-1; Fear The Cowboy (Pedro Cotto Jr.), 8-1; Bold Conquest (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 9-2; International Star (Martin Garcia), 5-2; Where’s The Moon (Ken Tohill), 10-1; Streaks Bro (Francisco Duran), 15-1; and Dewey (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 20-1.

The other four stakes on Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day program are all for Thoroughbreds. They are, in the order they’ll be run: the 6-furlong, $100,000 Zia Park Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares; the 1 1/16-mile, $300,000 Zia Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies; the 1 1/8-mile, $150,000 Zia Park Thoroughbred Championship for 3-year-olds and older; and the 6-furlong, $100,000 Zia Park Sprint Stakes for 3-year-olds and older.

The Zia Park Oaks has drawn a field of seven sophomore fillies, topped by George and Lori Hall’s Calamity Kate. A Kentucky-bred bay daughter of Yes It’s True trained by Kelly Breen, Calamity Kate has earned $405,800 from five outs this season, and her two wins include a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) at Delaware Park on July 11.

Dream Walkin Farms’ Smack Smack is the 5-2 morning-line choice for the Zia Park Thoroughbred Championship. A 4-year-old homebred son of Closing Argument trained by Don Von Hemel, the gelding has won three of his last four outs, including the August 15, $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, and the November 2, $55,000 Veterans Stakes at Zia Park.

Nine fillies and mares have been entered in the Zia Park Distaff, including Champion Racing Stable’s Haveyougoneaway. A 4-year-old New York-bred filly by Congrats trained by Allen Milligan, Haveyougoneaway ships in from Oklahoma, where she scored a 4 3/4-length win in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes at Remington Park on September 27.

Oligarch, a 7-year-old gelded son of Congrats owned and trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, drew post 8 for the Zia Park Sprint. The 5-2 morning-line favorite, Oligarch is coming off of consecutive allowance-optional claiming wins in southern California.

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