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Jockey Alfredo Juarez Wins Four Races on Zia Day
RSS Feeds Sunday, July 28, 2013
Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode the winners of four races on Sunday's 11-race Zia Festival program at Ruidoso Downs.

Juarez's winners all came on Thoroughbreds – Roll Out The Band in the $191,150 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for 2-year-old colts and geldings, Devons Ca Ching in the $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) for 3-year-old colts and geldings, That's Who in the $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds and older, and Anzaki in the $30,000 Sierra Blanca Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds and older.

“Three races is the most I've ever won on Zia Day, and I almost won a fourth but I lost that race by a nose,” Juarez recalled. “That was an exciting day, but this is a kind of record for me.”

Juarez's four wins came from seven mounts, all in Thoroughbred races.

On the Quarter Horse side, trainer Juan M. Gonzalez won the 400-yard Zia Futurity for the fourth time in the last seven years. Gonzalez sent out Handsome Jack Flash to win this year's Zia Futurity. A homebred gelding by First Moonflash racing for Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney, Handsome Jack Flash earned the winner's share of the stakes-record $409,434 purse and won his third race in as many outs.

Gonzalez said that Handsome Jack Flash would be pointed to the August 15-16 All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

This year's Zia Festival races drew a crowd of 6,337 fans. On-track handle reached $261,365, down nearly 5 percent from last year's Zia on-track handle of $274,475. However, including off-track wagering, the total handle on the 11-race program was $572,476, an increase of nearly 8 percent over last year's handle of $531,272.

A recap of the Zia Festival races appears below; also rans are listed in order of finish. Complete coverage will be featured in the October issue of the New Mexico Horse Breeders magazine.

RACE 1
ZIA 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older – $50,000
870 yards
Winner – D E Wagons Strawfly (4G, Genuine Strawfly-Wagons Maiden by Calligrapher)
Owner – Refugio Monarez
Breeder – Double Eagle Ranch
Trainer – Richard Sedillo
Jockey – Macario Rodriguez
Winning Time – :45.466 (sealed & sloppy)
Winning Margin – 2 ¼ lengths
Odds – 9-1
Also ran – Rollickin Red (3-5 favorite), Brookstone Flash, Kokopellis Babycakes, KC Royal Flush, Cool Redalo, Aire Trickster, and Corona Dream.

RACE 2
ZIA QUARTER HORSE DERBY (RG2)
3-year-olds – $128,375
400 yards
Winner – Junior June Bug (C, Jesse James Jr-Sandy June Bug by Blushing Bug)
Owner – Richard K. McGehee
Breeder – MJ Farms
Trainer – Jackie Riddle
Jockey – Carlos Madeira
Winning Time – :19.551 (sealed & sloppy)
Winning Margin – neck
Odds – 5-2
Also ran – Taleas Liberty, Storm Chasor, An Absolut Diamond (2-1 favorite), Dashin Ace, Conn Creek, Richard Noggins, Dashes Best and Brotherman.

RACE 3
RIO GRANDE SENORITA FUTURITY
2-year-old fillies – $193,730
5 ½ furlongs

Winner – That's The Idea (F, Diabolical-Complete Package by Boundary)
Owners & Breeders – J. Kirk & Judy Robison
Trainer – Henry Dominguez
Jockey – Enrique Gomez
Winning Time – 1:03.97 (sealed & sloppy)
Winning Margin – 1 ¼ lengths
Odds – 3-2
Also ran – Lady Genius (7-10 favorite), Zesty Salsa, Rollsetroll, Moon Rising, Bonnies Princess, I B Rushing, Tricky Who, Birdie Brew, and Devious.

RACE 4
RIO GRANDE SENOR FUTURITY
2-year-old colts & geldings – $191,150
5 ½ furlongs
Winner – Roll Out The Band (Roll Hennessy Roll-Partyband by Chimes Band)
Owners & Breeders – Brad King and Dale Taylor
Trainer – Todd Fincher
Jockey – Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time – 1:05.40 (sealed & sloppy)
Winning Margin – neck
Odds – 3-1
Also ran – Mays Or Mantle, Storm Country, Fonzerelli, Do You See Who, Ghostly Ticket, D E Slot Man, Drip, Dandy Don Who (2-1 favorite), and Infinite Bull.

RACE 5
ZIA QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG2)
3-year-olds & older – $50,000
400 yards
Winner – Miracle Snow (9G, Dean Miracle-Snow Peak by Chicks Beduino)
Owners & Breeders – Melvin & Mary Neugebauer
Trainer – Wes Giles
Jockey – J. Martin Bourdieu
Winning Time – :19:414 (sealed & sloppy)
Winning Margin – nose
Odds – 8-1
Also ran – RCJ Major Storm, First Blazin Love (2-1 favorite), Caliente Colt, Rabbit Revival, Gonna Dash, Untangled Vines, Klassic Strawfly, and Balderinas Fame CR.

RACE 6
ZIA QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY (RG1)
2-year-olds – $409,434
400 yards

Winner – Handsome Jack Flash (G, First Moonflash-Shez Jess Nice by Mr Jess Perry)
Owners – Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney
Breeder – Debra Laney
Trainer – Juan M. Gonzalez
Jockey – Jaime Leos
Winning Time – :19.287 (sealed & sloppy)
Winning Margin – ½ length
Odds – 5-2
Also ran – Kaydns Krusader, Heza Wild Dragon (2-1 favorite), First Full Pocket, Mrs James, Threedeewoodee, Kia Won, Queen But A King, and Too Flash For You.

RACE 7
ROAD RUNNER HANDICAP
3-year-old colts & geldings – $50,000
5 ½ furlongs

Winner – Devons Ca Ching (G, Devon Lane-New Focus by Half A Year)
Owner – Lester Wright
Breeder – Ray Simpson
Trainer – H. Ray Ashford
Jockey – Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time – N/A (muddy)
Winning Margin – 3 ¼ lengths
Odds – 3-2
Also ran – Kiss My Hennessy (3-5 favorite), Worry This, Indy's Rocket, Ramblin' Starr, and Jenson's Miracle.

RACE 8
LAND OF ENCHANTMENT HANDICAP
3-year-olds & older – $50,000
7 ½ furlongs
Winner – That's Who (4G, Quinton's Gold-Rama Lassie by Hadif)
Owners – Sam E. & Latane Stevens
Breeder – Sam E. Stevens
Trainer – Joel Marr
Jockey – Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time – N/A (muddy)
Winning Margin – 4 ¾ lengths
Odds – 9-10 (favorite)
Also ran – On Down The Road, Mr. Wizard, Mist Ter Noble, Thunder Agard, Groushy Apadana, Fusaichi Dan, and Brother Louie.

RACE 9
SIERRA STARLET HANDICAP
3-year-old fillies – $50,000
5 ½ furlongs

Winner – Park Lane Lass (F, Fusaichi Zenon [JPN]-Doonesbury Lassie by American Chance)
Owners – Bowers and Seago Racing
Breeder – Michael Weatherly
Trainer – Simon Buechler
Jockey – Dusty Shepherd
Winning Time – 1:04.79 (muddy)
Winning Margin – 4 1/4 lengths
Odds – 12-1
Also ran – Swedish Goddess, C L Phone Home, Lakehouse Fun, Piratz Stash, K B's Princess, Way To Go Gerda (2-1 favorite), Peakaboo Sue, and Hennessy Road.

RACE 10
LINCOLN HANDICAP
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older – $50,000
6 furlongs

Winner – Little Vidalia (4F, Attila's Storm-Incarsonate by Carson City)
Owner – J Bar 7 Ranch LLC
Breeders – John T.L. Jones Jr., Quinn Scott Simons Racing LLC
Trainer – Justin Evans
Jockey – Glen Murphy
Winning Time – 1:10.38 (muddy)
Winning Margin – 1 ¼ lengths
Odds – 5-2
Also ran – Iplaytricks, Attila's Hunny, Tyger Teras (11-10 favorite), Gossip Dome, Lil Last Danz, C C Manor, and Dashkova.

RACE 11
SIERRA BLANCA HANDICAP
3-year-olds & older – $34,400
5 ½ furlongs

Winner – Anzaki (5G, Anziyan-Waki Jeannie by Avenue Of Flags)
Owner & Breeder – Linda Hutchinson
Trainer – Alfredo Amparan
Jockey – Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time – N/A (muddy)
Winning Margin – 4 ¼ lengths
Odds – 7-1
Also ran – Flash Me The Cash, Hush's Storm (2-1 favorite), Rig's Runner, Ministerial, Hunting Dixie, Grande Hadley, and Herbal Slew.

In The News

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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
Corona Southern Form outran his odds of nearly 9-1 to win Saturday’s 440-yard, $60,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders’ Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.




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