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New Mexico Cup Races Draw 118 Entries
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Rose's Desert, a homebred 4-year-old filly by Desert God racing for Joe Peacock, is one of 118 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses entered on Sunday's $2-million New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park.

A winner of six of her eight races, including all four of her starts at Zia Park, Rose's Desert drew post 9 in the 1-mile, $170,000-added Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship (R), the 10th race on the 11-race card. The filly has earned $332,425 while being campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, and her three stakes victories include a three-length score in last year's Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship.

Rose's Desert is trained by Todd Fincher, who has entered 10 horses in the New Mexico Cup races. Rose's Desert was a prompt 4-5 favorite in last year's New Mexico Cup race, and Fincher expects another big effort from the filly on Sunday.

“She's more experienced and more professional (this year),” the trainer said. “She's a monster. Something bad has to happen for her to get beat. Any distance – 5 ½ furlongs to a mile and half – she's that good.”

Another of Fincher's entries, West Texas Racing Partners' Chuchuluco, has been entered in the 6-furlong, $170,000-added New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R). A 5-year-old gelding by Devon Lane, Chuchuluco has banked $491,232 from 20 races, and his eight wins include last year's New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship.

Most recently, Chuchuluco won a 5 1/2-furlong allowance-optional claiming sprint for state-breds on October 1.

“He's kind of an arthritic-type horse,” said Fincher of Chuchuluco. “He's fresh and ready, and he's coming off of a win. This should be a tough race, but he's a good horse, and he's definitely talented enough to win it.”

One of Chuchuluco's foes on Sunday, Our Choice, has won seven of nine starts this season for Stable HMA, which claimed the 7-year-old Desert God gelding for $25,000 at Sunland Park on December 27. Our Choice has won 14 of 51 races and has earned $595,153, of which $258,486 has been banked since the claim.

“We were hoping he would step up a little, but he stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park,” said Justin Evans, who trains Our Choice. “He became more playful and had a new lease on life.”

The New Mexico Cup consists of seven races for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses, and it is the richest state-bred racing program in the United States. Post time for Sunday's first race, the $140,000-added New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R), is 12:15 p.m. (MDT).

New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R)
Purse, $140,000-added – 870 yards
3-year-olds & older

Rollickin Red, a 4-year-old Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) gelding racing for the Rollickin Red Partnership, puts his six-race win streak on the line in this race. Rollickin Red has won six of eight races – including all five of his outs at this 870-yard distance – and has earned $151,802. The gelding will be making his first start since July 29, when he scored a 1 1/4-length victory as the 3-5 favorite in the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

All entries will carry 125 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Tecate N Lyme (Esgar Ramirez), Rollickin Red (Casey Lambert), Brookstone Flash (Salvador Martinez), KC Royal Flush (Brian Theriot), Kokopellis Babycakes (Tanner Thedford), Cool Redalo (Alfonso Perez), Pakea Bay (Dusty Shepherd), Bullets Brother (Jaime Leos), AE-Tizy Fit (Salvador Martinez), and AE-Take Me If You Can (Isaias Cardenas).

Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship (RG1)
Purse, $170,000-added – 440 yards
3-year-olds & older

Fury Of The Storm, a 3-year-old Furyofthewind gelding owned and trained by Jaime Dominguez, heads a full field of 10. Fury Of The Storm has won four consecutive races, including the 400-yard, $140,000 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 29, and the 400-yard, $75,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park on May 20.

Another contender, J & M Racing and Farm's Call Me A Blazn Chic, earned her third career stakes victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 Pelican Stakes (RG3) during the Lineage Day program at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 26.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – A First Caller (Casey Lambert, 126), Call Me A Blazn Chic (Ricky Ramirez, 124), Jess One Ace (Felipe Garcia-Luna, 124), Miracle Snow (G.R. Carter Jr., 126), Genuine American (Jose Montoya, 126), Fury Of The Storm (Esgar Ramirez, 124), PK Bay (Bonifacio Perez, 124), BG Speeding Lion (Jesse Levario, 126), AE-Rabbit Revival (Oscar Ortega, 126), and AE-Klassic Strawfly (Roy Baldillez, 126).

New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2)
Purse, $208,321 – 440 yards

Co-fastest qualifiers Fysta and Cute N Famous drew posts 3 and 9, respectively, as both fillies seek their first career stakes victories. A gray daughter of Gonna Ro Sham Bo racing for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, Fysta ran second, a head behind Sparklin Royal, in last year's 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Cute N Famous has won two of five races and has banked $28,237 for her owners, Maria G. Gonzalez of Edgewood, New Mexico.

All finalists will carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – RCJ Major Storm (Esgar Ramirez), Cats Paw Bay (Dusty Shepherd), Fysta (Cody Wainscott), First Blazin Love (Jesse Levario), Southern Pass Dash (Ry Eikleberry), Caliente Colt (Efrain Vigi), Two Shine (Bonifacio Perez), Lion Again (Felipe Garcia-Luna), Cute N Famous (Alejandro Medellin), and Silver Spike (Jaime Leos).

New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2)
Purse, $293,550 – 400 yards

Shirley A. Burelsmith's ES Dove, a homebred gelding by Jesse James Jr and the fastest qualifier, drew post 9 for this race. ES Dove is coming off of a half-length victory in the last of seven trials on October 13.

Another contender, Gonna Cha Cha, won two stakes during the Ruidoso Downs meet – the 400-yard, $395,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-breds on July 29, and the 440-yard, $75,000 All American Juvenile Invitational on September 3. The homebred Gonna Ro Sham Bo gelding has banked $201,512 from six starts for his owners, Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney.

All entries will tote 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Dashes Best (Alejandro Medellin), Runin Sixes (Jaime Leos), Whoshotjessejames (Efrain Vigi), The Four Js (G.R. Carter Jr.), Dashin Ace (Roy Baldillez), Cmon Jesses Girl (Tanner Thedford), Gonna Cha Cha (Cody Wainscott), Jess A Satin Chicks (Esgar Ramirez), ES Dove (Salvador Martinez), and Jesses On The Run (Carlos Madeira).

New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (R)
Purse, $140,000-added – 6 furlongs
2-year-old colts & geldings

Two-time stakes winner Kiss My Hennessy heads a full field of 12 in this stakes. The Roll Hennessy Roll gelding has won three of six starts – including the July 29, 5 1/2-furlong Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs, and the colts and geldings division of the April 14, 4 1/2-furlong Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park – for his owners, Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks.

A $19,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Kiss My Hennessy has earned $164,098.

Another contender, Indication N M, is a chestnut gelding by Attila's Storm who defeated open company in the 6-furlong, $55,000 Governor's Cup Stakes at Zia Park on October 14.

All horses will carry 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Attila's Pairing (Isaias Cardenas), Key To The Venture (Miguel Hernandez), Jenson's Miracle (Enrique Gomez), Ramblin' Starr (Alejandro Medellin), Kiss My Hennessy (Casey Lambert), Pie Town N M (Ken Tohill), Mos Dancer (Miguel Fuentes), S P K Lanes Heart (Justin Shepherd), Thermal (Duane Sterling), Indication N M (Alfredo Juarez), Rio El Diablo (Isaias Enriquez), and Storms Surprise (Brian Theriot).

New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes (R)
Purse, $140,000-added – 6 furlongs
2-year-old fillies

Stakes winners K B's Princess and Back Seat Roll top a full field of 12 in this race. A homebred King Bull filly racing for Tucumcari Thoroughbreds, K B's Princess made her career debut with a two-length victory in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for 2-year-old fillies at SunRay Park on June 16.

Back Seat Roll, a homebred bay daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, will be making her first start since July 29, when she scored a neck win at odds of 9-1 in the 5 1/2-furlong, $160,000 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

All fillies will tote 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Icy Storm (Justin Shepherd), Chapaquiddick Hush (Luis Rodriguez), Lakehouse Fun (Alejandro Medellin), La Luz (Brian Theriot), No Late Nights (Miguel Hernandez), Way To Go Gerda (Francisco Giles), K B's Princess (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Run Home Missy (Salvador Martinez), Kasha Roo (Ry Eikleberry), Back Seat Roll (Enrique Gomez), Desertsmagic (Casey Lambert), and I Am Who (Isaias Enriquez).

New Mexico Cup Colts & Geldings Championship (R)
Purse, $140,000-added – 6 furlongs
3-year-old colts & geldings

Lester Wright's Zenon's Star, a two-time stakes winner during the current Downs at Albuquerque meet, drew post 1 in this race. A gray or roan gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) trained by H. Ray Ashford Jr., Zenon's Star has won five of 14 races and has earned $175,292, of which $112,062 has been banked this season.

All entries will carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Zenon's Star (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Honshu City (Miguel Hernandez), Red Spinner (Francisco Giles), Midnightlowdown (Duane Sterling), T.V. Stevie (Isaias Enriquez), Boy Ego (Ken Tohill), Stealyndeewin (Isaias Cardenas), I Do My Own Tricks (Enrique Gomez), Vote Often (Alejandro Medellin), Dueling Dom (Ry Eikleberry), Speedy Caracal (Casey Lambert), and Mr. Wizard (Tanner Thedford).

New Mexico Cup Fillies Championship (R)
Purse, $140,000-added – 6 furlongs
3-year-old fillies

Three-time stakes winner Roll Bloomers Roll, a homebred chestnut daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll, drew the rail post for this 6-furlong test. Roll Bloomers Roll has earned $169,260 for her owner, Rita J. Danley of Anthony, New Mexico, and her four wins in 11 starts include a three-quarter length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Sierra Starlet Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 29.

All entries will carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Roll Bloomers Roll (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Jilly Roo (Isaias Cardenas), Silence N Solitude (Carlos Madeira), Little Vidalia (Miguel Hernandez), Hennssey Smash (Casey Lambert), Reubens Watch (Luis Rodriguez), Easy Loving Who (Ry Eikleberry), Our Flying Angel (Isaias Enriquez), Hot For You (Francisco Giles), Dashkova (Jose Rivera Jr.), and Sandia Sonata (Ken Tohill).

New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R)
Purse, $170,000-added – 6 furlongs
3-year-olds & older

Defending champion Chuchuluco's 11 opponents include Our Choice, a four-time stakes winner this year, and Cleber J. Massey's Desert Hennessy, a 4-year-old Desert God gelding who won two stakes during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet.

All horses will tote 124 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Doms Flash (Alejandro Medellin), Fourteen Kt. Gold (Enrique Gomez), Desert Hennessy (Carlos Madeira), Hunting Dixie (Isaias Enriquez), Affluent Boy (Isaias Cardenas), Mostly Dust (Miguel Hernandez), Chuchuluco (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Roll On Diego (Dusty Shepherd), Lota Talent (Justin Shepherd), Attitude E Racer (Ken Tohill), Beau Wizer (Casey Lambert), and Our Choice (Ry Eikleberry).

Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship (R)
Purse, $170,000-added – 1 mile
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older

Rose's Desert's eight opponents include Cali Baby, a 6-year-old mare by the late Thatsusintheolbean racing for Larry and Denise Nichols' UKUSA Stables. Campaigned at The Downs at Albuquerque and Ruidoso Downs last summer, Cali Baby scored a 2 1/4-length victory as the even-money choice in the 6 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) on August 26, and she earned a seven-length win in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Lincoln Handicap (R) on July 29.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Soaring Goddess (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 123), Contessa Del Norte (Ry Eikleberry, 123), Devon's Spirit (Isaias Cardenas, 123), Gerda's Home (Francisco Giles, 120), Capote's Charm (Wilfredo Arroyo, 120), Iplaytricks (Ken Tohill, 123), Baby Soap (Isaias Enriquez, 123), Cali Baby (Alejandro Medellin, 123), and Rose's Desert (Casey Lambert, 123).

Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R)
Purse, $180,000-added – 1 mile
3-year-olds & older

Cross Chris Run, a 5-year-old Desert God gelding racing for Cleber J. Massey, returns to defend his New Mexico Cup Championship title. Trained by Joel Marr, Cross Chris Run has won four of 13 starts and has banked $208,700, of which $149,704 was earned last season.

Sapello Cantador, a homebred 4-year-old gelding by the Carson City stallion Valet Man racing for Gallegos del Norte of Albuquerque, is coming off of an upset victory in the 1-mile, $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque on October 7.

All entries will tote 123 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Cross Chris Run (Ken Tohill), Spinning Touch (Jose Rivera Jr.), Desert Gamble (Justin Shepherd), Runnin Red (Carlos Madeira), Smash Dancer (Casey Lambert), On Down The Road (Ry Eikleberry), Lesters Secret (Miguel Hernandez), Nuggets Please (Isaias Cardenas), Brother Louie (Enrique Gomez), and Sapello Cantador (John Rochabrun).

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