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Champion Astica Headlines Lou Wooten Sydney Valentini Handicap
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Astica, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms and last year’s AQHA champion sophomore filly, has been assigned high weight of 130 pounds for Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park.

Astica is coming off of a dominating 3 1/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 23. All told, the mare has won nine of 13 starts and has earned $392,923.

Astica drew post 6 and will be ridden by Salvador Martinez.

Princess Jesse, a homebred 3-year-old Jesse James Jr filly owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala. Princess Jesse will be making her first start since September 25, when she scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length win in the 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs.

Other contenders include Get Down Bambi, the runner-up to Astica in last year’s Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap. A 6-year-old Get Down Perry mare owned and trained by Jaime G. Aldavaz Sr., Get Down Bambi has earned $71,149 from seven outs this season.

Get Down Bambi drew post 7 and will be ridden by J.R. Valenzuela.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
My Royal Highness (Bonifacio Perez, 123), 12-1
Princess Jesse (Alfredo Sigala, 125), 5-1
BL Corona (Raul Herrera, 124), 6-1
Sweet Splenda (Jose Luis Enriquez, 123), 10-1
Sixie Won (Adrian Ramos, 121), 20-1
Astica (Salvador Martinez, 130), 8-5
Get Down Bambi (J.R. Valenzuela, 125), 8-1
Teana Fay (Jaime Parga Leos, 123), 12-1
Corona Southerndream (Daniel Ruiz Amaya, 124), 10-1
Sandys Jesse (Esgar Ramirez, 124), 5-1

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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