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Fields Set for New Mexico Cup Day
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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.

Of the 131 horses entered in the New Mexico Cup races, 85 are Thoroughbreds and 46 are Quarter Horses.

Here is a preview of all 12 races. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. (MST).

RACE 1 -- Post time, 12:10
NEW MEXICO CUP 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 870 yards


Tag Yur It, a multiple stakes placed 5-year-old son of Roll Hennessy Roll (TB), is one of 10 distance specialists entered in this stakes.

Trained by Lauren Fincher for owner 3L Racing Partners, Tag Yur It is coming off of a second-place finish in an 870-yard, $38,000 open-condition allowance for New Mexico-breds on October 8. During his summer campaign at Ruidoso Downs, the gelding ran third, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner and reigning AQHA champion distance horse Coronas Boy, in the July 30, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship Stakes (R).

Tag Yur It drew post 6 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

D E Wagons Strawfly, an 8-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding owned and trained by Tony Sedillo, has won 10 of his 35 starts at the 870 distance, including the 2015 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship. D E Wagons Strawfly drew post 2 and will be ridden by Tracy Hebert.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
DM Nate Dog (Larry Gamez), 12-1
D E Wagons Strawfly (Tracy Hebert), 5-2
Machismo Moon (Mauro Salcedo), 6-1
Dark Brook (Esgar Ramirez), 3-1
Jess Excessive (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 15-1
Tag Yur It (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 7-2
Sierra Ladron (Ry Eikleberry), 10-1
Storm Chasor (Alejandro Medellin), 6-1
AE-Oly Oly In Free (Duane Sterling), 20-1
AE-Super Quintons (Enrique Gomez), 15-1


RACE 2 -- Post time, 12:37
NEW MEXICO CUP DISTAFF SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 6 furlongs


Diabolical Dame, the even-money morning-line choice, will attempt to defend her title in this race, as the 5-year-old Diabolical mare earned a clear 6 1/4-length victory in last year’s New Mexico Cup Distaff Sprint Championship.

Trained by Todd Fincher for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard, Diabolical Dame has won three of her last four outs, all against stakes company, including the 6 1/2-furlong, $70,000 Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) for state-bred fillies and mares at Albuquerque Downs on August 26. The mare has banked $133,000 from four races this season.

Diabolical Dame drew post 4 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos.

Fincher will also send out Tijuana, a 4-year-old gray or roan daughter of Devon Lane, for a five-man ownership group consisting of Dale Taylor, Lee R. Lewis, Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard. Tijuana prepped for this race with a 1 1/2-length victory in a 6-furlong, $38,000 race for New Mexico-bred distaffers on October 10.

Jorge Carreno will ride Tijuana from post 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Bryn’s Fancy Pants (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 6-1
Woodacouldadid (Enrique Gomez), 15-1
Indian Tiva (Frank Reyes), 20-1
Diabolical Dame (Roimes Chirinos), 1-1
Tilla Cat (Tracy Hebert), 4-1
Tijuana (Jorge Carreno), 7-2
Autumn’s Girl (Francisco Amparan), 12-1


RACE 3 -- Post time, 1:05
NEW MEXICO CUP LASSIE CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
2-year-old fillies
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 6 furlongs


A field of 11 state-bred juvenile fillies, headed by 5-2 morning-line favorite Fast Gator, has been entered in this race.

Fast Gator is a homebred daughter of the Artax stallion Diabolical trained by Henry Dominguez for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas. The filly has won both of her outs, including the 5 1/2-furlong, $135,000 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs on September 3, and she has earned $69,785.

Fast Gator drew post 3 and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry. Other contenders include Gone Shoppin, a homebred Southwestern Heat filly owned by Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor. Gone Shoppin has earned $33,577 from five races, and her resume includes a third-place finish, three lengths behind Fast Gator, in the Rio Grande Senorita Futurity.

Gone Shoppin drew post 4 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for trainer Todd Fincher.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Orogrande (Frank Reyes), 10-1
Miss Texas (Enrique Gomez), 15-1
Fast Gator (Ry Eikleberry), 5-2
Gone Shoppin (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 7-2
Hot Trick (Jorge Carreno), 20-1
Hennessy Express (Roimes Chirinos), 6-1
Congored B R (Jose L. Torres), 15-1
Movin On (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 8-1
Poseidon Aquarius (Francisco Amparan), 10-1
Chillin The Most (Duane Sterling), 20-1
Western Style (Tracy Hebert), 8-1


RACE 4 -- Post time, 1:33
NEW MEXICO CUP JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
2-year-old colts and geldings
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 6 furlongs


Two-time stakes winner On The Low Down heads up a field of a dozen state-bred colts and geldings.

Trained by Todd Fincher for owners Dale Taylor, Bobby McQueen, and Suzanne Kirby, On The Low Down has banked $177,606 from seven races this season, and his three wins include victories in the April 16 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park, and the 5-furlong, $141,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs on June 24. The Dome gelding was a $43,000 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale.

On The Low Down drew post 9 and will be ridden by Tracy Hebert. His 11 opponents include J & SM Inc.’s Storm The Beach, a gelded son of Attila’s Storm trained by Fred Danley. Storm The Beach defeated open company when he scored a neck victory in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Manzano Stakes at Albuquerque Downs on August 12.

On The Low Down drew the rail post and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Storm The Beach (Alfredo Sigala), 12-1
Wheredoesthecashgo (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 8-1
Indian Jack (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 15-1
Hollywood Henry (Ry Eikleberry), 3-1
Blazing Navarone (Enrique Gomez), 8-1
Rio Innoko (Jorge Carreno), 20-1
Golden Band (Roimes Chirinos), 10-1
The Great Dome (Alejandro Medellin), 20-1
On The Low Down (Tracy Hebert), 5-2
P J’s Gold (Miguel Perez), 15-1
Kama Rollin (Francisco Amparan), 12-1
One Key (Ken Tohill), 15-1


RACE 5 -- Post time, 1:59
NAMEHIMASTREAKER NEW MEXICO CUP QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $170,000-guaranteed -- 440 yards


An overflow field of 12 sprinters, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in this race, named in honor of the multiple graded stakes winning Mitbeastreaker gelding Namehimastreaker.

Carson City Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge and one of four distaffers entered, is coming off of a second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner and reigning AQHA world champion Jessies First Down, in the 440-yard, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Quarter Horse Championship on September 24. A stakes winner against New Mexico-breds during the Albuquerque meet, the mare drew post 4 and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala for owners David and Sandra Barrett of Alto, New Mexico, and trainer Fred Danley.

Mikkelson Racing LLC’s Princess Jesse, a homebred 4-year-old Jesse James Jr mare trained by Vance Mikkelson, will be making just her third start of the season. Princess Jesse has won eight of 15 starts, including four stakes, and she has banked $320,615 while competing exclusively in New Mexico.

Princess Jesse drew post 10 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Play Misty Foreme (Jose Luis Enriquez), 9-2
JJs Fast Cash RF (Mauro Salcedo), 12-1
Major Bites (Jose A. Alvarez), 15-1
Carson City Girl (Alfredo Sigala), 3-1
You Can Do It Regard (Tanner Thedford) 10-1
Get Down Bambi (Manuel Gutierrez), 30-1
Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos), 6-1
Seeyalateralligator (L. Salvador Martinez), 8-1
Tyger Power (G.R. Carter Jr.), 8-1
Princess Jesse (Esgar Ramirez), 7-2
AE-Cinco Menudos (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 10-1
AE-First Note Medley (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 20-1


RACE 6 -- Post time, 2:26
NEW MEXICO CUP DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 6 furlongs


Mr. Mooch, a two-time stakes winner during the Ruidoso Downs summer meet, and My Mirage, a stakes winner during the Albuquerque Downs meet, head a field of 11 New Mexico-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Mr. Mooch is a Tin Can Sailor gelding trained by Mike Barber for owners Rodney Brooks, D.R. Reid, M.L. Brooks, and E. Glen Berry. Mr. Mooch won three of his five races at Ruidoso, including the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds, and the 6-furlong, $50,000 Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds and older.

Mr. Mooch drew post 4 and will be ridden by J.C. Villanueva.

Trained by Dick Cappelucci for owner Bauer Farm LLC, My Mirage is coming off of a 1 3/4-length victory in the September 3, 6 1/2-furlong Casino at The Downs Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs. The homebred Diabolical colt drew post 3 and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry.

The complete lineup, including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Ignored (Tracy Hebert), 12-1
Big Hitter (Roimes Chirinos), 6-1
My Mirage (Ry Eikleberry), 6-1
Mr. Mooch (J.C. Villanueva), 7-2
He’s Another Who (Jorge Carreno), 15-1
Thunder Dome (Frank Reyes), 6-1
Expect A Storm (Alfredo Sigala), 8-1
Tinys Storm (Elvin Gonzalez), 30-1
Tiz Valiant (Enrique Gomez), 20-1
Another Brother (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 9-2
Can’t Stop Samoken (Ken Tohill), 15-1


RACE 7 -- Post time, 2:54
NEW MEXICO CUP OAKS CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-old fillies
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 6 furlongs


R.D. Hubbard’s Sippin is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in this race for sophomore fillies.

A homebred Swissle Stick filly trained by Todd Fincher, Sippin will be making her first start since March 26, when she ran second, a neck behind winner Pink Cadillac, in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R) at Sunland Park. The filly has earned $348,547 from nine races, and her five stakes wins include a 1 3/4-length score in last year’s $140,000 New Mexico Cup Lassie Championship (R) at Zia Park.

Sippin drew post 2 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos.

Other contenders include Waltzing Attila, a homebred Attila’s Storm filly trained by Nancy Summers for owners Wesley and Glenda Gray. Waltzing Attila has won three of her last four races, including the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Sierra Starlet Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 30.

Waltzing Attila drew post 8 and will be ridden by Duane Sterling.

The complete lineup, including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Frosty (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 8-1
Sippin (Roimes Chirinos), 7-5
Travellin’ Lucky (Ken Tohill), 30-1
Ivy Gimlet (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1
Pueblo Maiden (Francisco Amparan), 20-1
Heat Stroke (Alfredo Sigala), 10-1
I’m A Dancin Who (Tracy Hebert), 12-1
Waltzing Attila (Duane Sterling), 9-2
To Satsify You (Enrique Gomez), 20-1
Miss Twister (Jorge Carreno), 6-1
Sidewinder Sally (Frank Reyes), 15-1


RACE 8 -- Post time, 3:20
NEW MEXICO CUP SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $170,000-guaranteed -- 6 furlongs


Citizen Geller will risk his three-race win streak in this race, which has drawn a field of nine state-bred sprint specialists.

Trained by Justin Evans for Larry and Denise Nichols’ UKUSA Stables of El Paso, Texas, Citizen Geller has won three of four races and has banked $109,020 this season. The homebred 5-year-old Pro Prado gelding is coming off of an Albuquerque Downs summer campaign during which he won two stakes, including the 7-furlong, $70,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) for the second consecutive season.

Citizen Geller drew post 2 and will be ridden by Miguel Perez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Back Seat Thrills (Ken Tohill), 15-1
Citizen Geller (Miguel Perez), 5-2
Way Nifty (Jorge Carreno), 6-1
D E Lover (Frank Reyes), 10-1
Golly Gee (Duane Sterling), 20-1
Stormin The Jewels (Ry Eikleberry), 4-1
Perty Dirty Dude (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 6-1
Dyno Dom (Alejandro Medellin), 20-1
Forger (Roimes Chirinos), 3-1
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RACE 9 -- Post time, 3:46
ROCKY GULCH NEW MEXICO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $180,000-guaranteed -- 1 mile


An evenly matched field of 12, topped by 9-2 morning-line favorite Go For A Stroll, has been entered in this 8-furlong test.

Go For A Stroll is a 3-year-old Attila’s Storm gelding who will be seeking his first win against older runners. Trained by Todd Fincher for owner R.D. Hubbard, Go For A Stroll has won four of 10 races, including both of his starts at Zia Park, and his resume includes a neck victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park in March.

Go For A Stroll drew post 5 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos.

Randy Smith’s Shotgun Wedding, a three-time winner during the Ruidoso Downs summer meet, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Frank Reyes for trainer Bennie L. “Chip” Woolley Jr. A 4-year-old son of Weather Warning, the gelding has banked $73,890 from eight starts this season, and his six wins include a two-length victory in the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) at Ruidoso on July 30.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Storming Back (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 10-1
Shotgun Wedding (Frank Reyes), 5-1
Weather Dodger (Ken Tohill), 15-1
Hush’s Storm (Jorge Carreno), 6-1
Go For A Stroll (Roimes Chirinos), 9-2
Soaring Cid (Ry Eikleberry), 20-1
Long Stormy Trip (Miguel Perez), 6-1
Shining Source (Elvin Gonzalez), 15-1
Dom Strait (Alejandro Medellin), 20-1
That’s Who (Alfredo Sigala), 10-1
Hute (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 20-1
Hit A Lick (Tracy Hebert), 6-1


RACE 10 -- Post time, 4:12
NEW MEXICO CUP QUARTER HORSE DERBY (RG2)
3-year-olds
Purse, $210,000 -- 440 yards


Magnifico Dragon, a sorrel son of Zulu Dragon owned by Daniel Balderrama and the fastest qualifier, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in this race.

Magnifico Dragon has won three of his last four starts, including the first of three New Mexico Cup Derby trials on October 15. An earner of $300,821 from 13 starts, the gelding has won seven races, including last year’s 400-yard, $310,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2).

Mauro Salcedo will ride Magnifico Dragon from post 6 for trainer Cynthia Gonzalez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Mr Klee (L. Salvador Martinez), 8-1
Roanoka Fast Cat (Oscar Cordova), 30-1
Yudes Jess Dashin (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 12-1
Mitey Man (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 12-1
La Riena Del Sur (Raul Herrera), 15-1
Magnifico Dragon (Mauro Salcedo), 7-5
Flash Em The Jewels (Ricky Ramirez), 4-1
Kama Strawfly (G.R. Carter Jr.), 20-1
Princess Jessie Jane (Jose Luis Enriquez), 10-1
Cartels Star Daddy (Tanner Thedford), 5-1
AE-Altitude Project (Jose Montoya), 15-1
AE-Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos), 8-1


RACE 11 -- Post time, 4:34
NEW MEXICO CUP FUTURITY (RG2)
2-year-olds
Purse, $400,000 -- 400 yards


A dozen state-bred 2-year-olds, including a pair of also-eligible entries, have been entered in this stakes, the richest race of the day.

RC Racing LLC’s A Passion For Flashn, the fastest qualifier, is coming off of a one-length win as the 1-5 favorite in the second of seven trials on October 14. Trained by Martin Orona Sr., the First Moonflash colt has earned $53,492 from eight races, and he was a finalist in both the 400-yard, $371,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) and 350-yard, $393,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.

A Passion For Flashn drew post 9 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.

Hollywoodcrown, a homebred daughter of Heza Motor Scooter owned and trained by Fred Danley, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala. Hollywoodcrown has won two of eight races and has banked $47,504, and her resume includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Jess Hot, in the September 23, 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Siximoons (Ricky Ramirez), 12-1
He Be Flashy (G.R. Carter Jr.), 8-1
PCJ Thats It (Esgar Ramirez), 20-1
Jesse Klee (L. Salvador Martinez), 7-2
Hollywoodcrown (Alfredo Sigala), 12-1
Daddys Copy (Jose A. Alvarez), 6-1
Riverside Flash (Adrian Ramos), 6-1
The Flash Force (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 15-1
A Passion For Flashn (Manuel Gutierrez), 5-2
Big Blue Cartel (Tanner Thedford), 8-1
AE-Regard The Rose (Manuel Gutierrez), 10-1
AE-Daddys Leader (Oscar Cordova), 12-1


RACE 12 -- Post time, 5:04
PEPPERS PRIDE NEW MEXICO CUP FILLY & MARE CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older
Purse, $170,000-guaranteed -- 1 mile


The final New Mexico Cup race of the day has drawn a full field of 12 state-bred distaffers, led by J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Pink Cadillac.

A homebred 3-year-old daughter of Diabolical trained by Joel Marr, Pink Cadillac is the lone sophomore in this stakes, and the filly will be seeking her first-ever stakes win against older fillies and mares. Pink Cadillac has earned $116,687 from seven outs this season, and her two wins include a neck victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R) at Sunland Park on March 26.

Pink Cadillac drew post 9 and will be ridden by Ken Tohill. The filly’s 11 opponents include My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 6-year-old Elusive Jazz mare owned by Brian Mundell of El Paso, Texas. Trained by Bart Hone, My Bikini Fell Off won two of her four starts during the 2016-17 Sunland Park meet, including the 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) on February 19.

My Bikini Fell Off is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Ry Eikleberry will ride the mare from post 11.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
My Dandy Girl (Frank Reyes), 8-1
Sunday Rose (Elvin Gonzalez), 8-1
She Devil (Jorge Carreno), 15-1
Rogue Divergent (Enrique Gomez), 12-1
Kimbell (Tracy Hebert), 20-1
Bobbies Flight (Miguel Perez), 10-1
Singing Sofia (Alfredo Sigala), 12-1
One Foxy Babe (Francisco Amparan), 30-1
Pink Cadillac (Ken Tohill), 9-2
Tylers Dixie Chick (Duane Sterling), 6-1
My Bikini Fell Off (Ry Eikleberry), 5-2
Zasha (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 15-1

In The News

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.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.




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