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Fields Set For This Weekend’s Lineage Races
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The fields have been set for this weekend’s Lineage races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at The Downs at Albuquerque.

For the first time in the Lineage program’s long history, the races will be run during at two-day period. The five Lineage Thoroughbred stakes on Saturday will be followed by four Lineage Quarter Horse stakes on Sunday.

Post for the first race each day will be 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

“We’ll be offering more than $400,000 in purse money over the weekend,” said Downs general manager of racing Don Cook. “Our goal is to have our stands packed with racing fans both days.”

Following is a preview of all nine of this weekend’s Lineage stakes, starting with Saturday’s races:

RACE 5 -- DON JUAN DE ONATE STAKES (R)
3-year-olds -- 6 furlongs
Purse, $37,000


Jenson’s Miracle, a gelded son of Rocket Included owned by Lucky Six Inc. and trained by Johnnie Nall, is the morning-line favorite for the Don Juan de Onate Stakes.
Jenson’s Miracle has won three of 11 starts, including last year’s 1-mile, $125,480 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park. The gelding is coming off of a sixth-place finish in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) during the Zia Festival program at Ruidoso Downs on July 28
All entries will tote 119 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Pie Town N M (Jimmy Ray Coates), 6-1; Dandy Guy (Dusty Shepherd), 6-1; Mr. McCoy (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 9-2; Indy’s Rocket (Aldo Arboleda), 7-2; Joker’s Touch (Isaias Cardenas), 7-2; and Jenson’s Miracle (Enrique Gomez), 2-1.

RACE 6 -- CASEY DARNELL PONY EXPRESS STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older -- 5 1/2 furlongs
Purse, $37,000


Linda Hutchinson’s Anzaki drew the rail post for the Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes.
A homebred 5-year-old gelding by the Danzig stallion Anziyan trained by Alberto Amparan, Anzaki is just four weeks removed from his 4 1/4-length victory in the July 28, $34,400 Sierra Blanca Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Anzaki has won three of 14 starts and has banked $49,141, of which $41,243 has been earned this season.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Anzaki (Alfred Juarez Jr., 122), 2-1; Big Blaze (Jose Torres, 121), 10-1; Speedy Caracal (Casey Lambert, 121), 4-1; Lota Talent (Isaias Cardenas, 121), 6-1; Hunting Dixie (Enrique Gomez, 121), 3-1; and Beau Wizer (Aldo Arboleda, 121), 7-2.

RACE 7 -- CHIEF NARBONA STAKES (R)
3-year-old fillies -- 6 furlongs
Purse, $37,000


A field of 10 state-bred 3-year-old fillies, topped by morning-line favorite La Luz, has been entered in the Chief Narbona Stakes.
A chestnut daughter of the Old Trieste stallion Minister Eric racing for Diana Bringhurst and trained by Owen Bringhurst, La Luz is coming off of a 2 1/2-length win in a 5-furlong, $13,800 allowance sprint at Arapahoe Park near Denver on June 30. The filly ran second, a head behind Dandy Devona R F, in last year’s 6-furlong, $82,142 Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at Albuquerque.
La Luz’s nine opponents include Bowers and Seago Racing’s Park Lane Lass, a filly by Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) conditioned by Simon Buechler. Park Lane Lass has won three of seven outs this season, including the July 28, $50,000 Sierra Starlet Handicap (R) at Ruidoso.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- La Luz (Brian Theriot, 119), 3-1; Lakehouse Fun (Enrique Gomez, 119), 5-1; CL Phone Home (Casey Lambert, 119), 8-1; Hennessy Road (Aldo Arboleda, 119), 8-1; La La La Dandy (Duane Sterling, 119), 10-1; Dandy Devona R F (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 119), 8-1; Strawberry Bling (Jimmy Ray Coates, 119), 12-1; Park Lane Lass (Dusty Shepherd, 120), 4-1; Secrets On Ice (Isaias Cardenas, 119), 10-1; Silver Streakn Gal (J. Martin Bourdieu), 12-1.

RACE 8 -- CARLOS SALAZAR STAKES (R)
3-year-olds and older, fillies & mares -- 6 1/2 furlongs
Purse, $37,000


John Pinkerton’s Devon’s Spirit, the morning-line favorite, will be making her first start since April 20, when the 6-year-old daughter of Premeditation scored a 1 1/4-length victory in the 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) at SunRay Park.
Trained by Dick “Flaco” Cappellucci, Devon’s Spirit has won two of three races and has banked $59,920 this season. The mare was campaigned at Sunland Park last winter, where she won a starter allowance-optional claiming race and ran fourth in the February 16, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R).
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Naughty Storm (Aldo Arboleda, 121), 7-2; Tricky R. (Nancy Summers, 121), 4-1; Devon’s Spirit (Duane Sterling, 122), 3-1; Western Way (Enrique Garcia, 121), 5-1; Desert Fun (Enrique Gomez, 121), 8-1; Gossip Dome (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 121), 10-1; and Attila’s Hunny (J. Martin Bourdieu, 121), 7-2.

RACE 9 -- LINEAGE STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older -- 1 1/16 miles
Purse, $37,000


Morning-line favorite Mis Ter Noble ships in from Ruidoso Downs, where the gelded 4-year-old son of Noble Silence won a 7 1/2-furlong allowance-optional claiming race on June 9 and ran fourth, six lengths behind winner That’s Who, in the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) on July 28.
Mis Ter Noble is trained by Chris Thornton for owner Martin Ibarra. The gelding’s nine opponents in the Lineage Stakes include Juan Carlos Gutierrez’s Rosa’s Catena, an 8-year-old gelding by the Nureyev stallion Istintaj trained by Jose A. Gonzalez. Rosa’s Catena won last year’s 1-mile, $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at Albuquerque.
All entries will carry 121 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Gotta Move (J. Martin Bourdieu), 10-1; Orbiteer (Aldo Arboleda), 8-1; Trooper Trooper (Enrique Gomez), 8-1; Playin Tough (Isaias Cardenas), 5-1; Neeocity (Oscar Cordova), 12-1; Spinning Touch (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 8-1; Rosa’s Catena (Enrique Garcia), 4-1; Desert Gulch (Luis Rodriguez), 10-1; Jack The Teras (Jimmy Ray Coates), 12-1; and Mis Ter Noble (Casey Lambert), 3-1.

Here’s a preview of Sunday’s four Lineage Quarter Horse stakes:

RACE 6 -- JOHN AUGUSTINE STAKES (R)
3-year-olds & older -- 870 yards
Purse, $37,000


Morning-line choice D E Wagons Strawfly is coming off of an upset 2 1/4-length victory over Rollickin Red in the July 28, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Trained by Richard Sedillo for owner Refugio Monarez, D E Wagons Strawfly has earned $81,535 from seven outs this season, and his three wins include allowance-optional claiming wins at Sunland Park.
The complete lineup, including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Dats Dee (Casey Lambert, 121), 7-2; Leave N Legal (Enrique Garcia, 121), 6-1; KC Royal Flush (Oscar Cordova, 121), 7-2; D E Wagons Strawfly (Esgar Ramirez, 122), 2-1; Big Blaze (Jose Torres, 121), 6-1; and Pakea Bay (Aldo Arboleda, 121), 9-2.

RACE 7 -- PELICAN STAKES (RG3)
3-year-old fillies -- 400 yards
Purse, $37,000


Gabino Carrillo’s Aful Alibi tops a field of seven in this race, named in honor of the 1947 AQHA champion stallion.
A sorrel daughter of Genuine Strawfly, Aful Alibi has finished first, second, or third in all five of her races this season. Two months ago, the filly scored a one-length victory in the 400-yard, $65,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park. The Pelican Stakes will mark Aful Alibi’s first-ever start at Albuquerque.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Lady Secret Dash (J. Martin Bourdieu, 119), 4-1; Get Pk Down (Manuel Gutierrez, 122), 8-1; Aful Alibi (Albert Medrano, 120), 3-1; SLR Jessies Girl (Esgar Ramirez, 119), 7-2; Runaway Lioness (Porfirio Cano, 119), 10-1; Get Down Bambi (Jaime Leos, 119), 7-2; Mariposa Jet (Alonso Rivera, 119), 5-1.

RACE 8 -- HARD TWIST STAKES (RG3)
3-year-olds -- 400 yards
Purse, $37,000


Currie J. Maben’s Jess Rueben James, a homebred Jesse James Jr gelding trained by Jaime Aldavaz Jr., is the morning-line choice for the Hard Twist Stakes, named in honor of the two-time AQHA champion stallion.
Jess Rueben James will be making his first start since May 19, when he won the 400-yard, $65,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park. All told, the gelding has earned $86,671 from 11 races.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Dashes Best (Esgar Ramirez, 119), 5-2; Saturday Nite Romeo (Flavio Lozano, 119), 20-1; Chicksluvdiamonds (Jose Ruiz, 119), 15-1; Easily A Gent (Porfirio Cano, 119), 8-1; Justified By Chicks (Jimmy Ray Coates, 119), 4-1; Jess Rueben James (Jaime Leos, 120), 2-1; and Corona Southern Form (Albert Medrano, 119), 7-2.

RACE 9 -- LINEAGE CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES (RG3)
3-year-olds & older -- 400 yards
Purse, $37,000

One of four fillies and mares entered, WDC Wendys Wine will be making her first-ever start at Albuquerque in this 400-yard sprint. A 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge owned by Alonso and Sylvia Aranda and trained by Isidro Rodriguez, WDC Wendys Wine is coming off of a second-place finish to Bet On Ballou in the 400-yard, $65,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park on June 2.
WDC Wendys Wine has run first, second, or third in all five of her races this season. Her season record includes a third-place finish against open company in the 440-yard, $107,370 Bank of America Sunland Challenge (G1) on April 7.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Iseeyoustaring (Fernando Rojas, 121), 20-1; Klassic Strawfly (Alonso Rivera, 121), 10-1; Little Bit Southern (Albert Medrano, 121), 8-1; Osbaldo (Jose Ruiz, 121), 10-1; Miracle Snow (J. Martin Bourdieu, 122), 3-1; My Big Chief (Adrian Ramos, 121), 20-1; In Famous Caper (Esgar Ramirez, 121), 6-1; Incoho Tes (Manuel Gutierrez, 121), 6-1; Maggie Get Down (Jaime Leos, 121), 20-1; and WDC Wendys Wine (Salvador Martinez, 121), 5-2.

In The News

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A total of 122 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. A total of 12 races will be run. Post time for the first race is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT).
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Foxy Moonflash, a daughter of champion First Moonflash racing for Bobby Simmons, is the fastest qualifier to the October 26, $207,482 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
David G. Valdez’s Mad About The Moon, a $5,000 buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, won the last of six New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Saturday, posting the fastest qualifying time to the $140,000-added final on Sunday, October 26.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
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