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New Mexico Cup Races Draw 123 Entries
RSS Feeds Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A total of 123 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park.

Purses are expected to reach more than $2 million for 12 races, which would once again make the New Mexico Cup the richest one day state-bred racing program in North America. A new race has been added this season, the 6-furlong, $120,000-added New Mexico Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Championship (R).

On Down The Road, a 5-year-old Desert God gelding racing for Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California, will return to defend his 1 3/4-length victory in last year’s 1-mile Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R). On Down The Road will be making his first start since July 28, when he ran second in the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

Post time for the first race on Sunday is set for 12:15 p.m. (MDT). Following is a preview of all 12 New Mexico Cup races:

NEW MEXICO CUP 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older -- 870 yards
$140,000-added

Rollickin Red, a 5-year-old gelding by Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) owned by a partnership and trained by Todd Fincher, is the even-money morning-line favorite. Rollickin Red has won eight of 10 races at the 870 distance, and his stakes record includes a 1 1/4-length victory as the 3-5 favorite in last year’s New Mexico Cup 870 Championship.

Rollickin Red’s seven opponents include Tony Sedillo’s D E Wagons Strawfly, a 4-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding who scored a 2 1/4-length win over Rollickin Red in the July 28, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Coronas Boy (Francisco Giles), 20-1; Brookstone Flash (Larry Gamez), 15-1; Southern Pass Dash (Brayan Velazquez), 10-1; Rollickin Red (Casey Lambert), 1-1; D E Wagons Strawfly (Esgar Ramirez), 4-1; Leave N Legal (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Kokopellis Babycakes (Enrique Gomez), 8-1; and More Nuggets (Miguel Perez), 9-2.

NAMEHIMASTREAKER NEW MEXICO CUP QH CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
3-year-olds & older -- 440 yards
$170,000-added

Alonso and Sylvia Aranda’s WDC Wendys Wine drew post 10 for this race, whose past winners include AQHA champions Gotta Get and First Moonflash. A 4-year-old mare by Woodbridge trained by Isidro Rodriguez, WDC Wendys Wine is coming off of a second-place finish to Send Me A Candy Tree in the open 400-yard, $55,000 Lubbock Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares on September 28.

Other contenders include Miracle Snow, a homebred 9-year-old Dean Miracle gelding owned by Melvin and Mary Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado. Miracle Snow has earned $604,471 from 52 outs, and his 14 wins include a neck victory in last year’s New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Bet On Ballou (Saul Ramirez Jr.), 10-1; Caliente Colt (Tanner Thedford), 9-2; RCJ Major Storm (Antonio Escareno), 20-1; Here Kittykittykitty (Larry Gamez), 6-1; Call Me A Blazn Chic (Esgar Ramirez), 3-1; Klassic Strawfly (Salvador Martinez), 30-1; Miracle Snow (G.R. Carter Jr.), 9-2; Genuine American (Larry Payne), 30-1; Stel Gone Corona (Manuel Gutierrez), 10-1; WDC Wendys Wine (Alejandro Medellin), 5-1; AE-Reckless Wind (Jaime Leos), 20-1; and Rabbit Revival (Oscar Ortega), 20-1.

NEW MEXICO CUP DERBY (RG2)
3-year-olds -- 440 yards
$198,655


Fastest qualifier Storm Chasor has been made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for this race. A homebred brown gelding by Attila’s Storm (TB) racing for Joan Dale Hubbard and trained by Paul Jones, Storm Chasor is coming off of a head victory in the last of three trials on October 13.

Dashin Ace, a sorrel gelding by Dash Ta Fame owned by Derol Hubbard and Ted Rushing and trained by Mike Joiner, has banked $174,316 from 11 starts, and his two wins include a neck victory at odds of 35-1 in last year’s New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Krazy Good (G.R. Carter Jr.), 6-1; Get Down Bambi (Antonio Escareno), 12-1; Runin Sixes (Tanner Thedford), 8-1; Quality By Corona (Larry Gamez), 12-1; Jess Rueben James (Jaime Leos), 20-1; ES Dove (Ricky Ramirez), 10-1; An Absolut Diamond (Salvador Martinez), 3-1; Heza Perfect Storm (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 20-1; Storm Chasor (Saul Ramirez Jr.), 5-2; and Dashin Ace (Casey Lambert), 9-2.

NEW MEXICO CUP FUTURITY (RG2)
2-year-olds -- 400 yards
$288,830


Graded stakes winner Moonifisant, a Sixes Royal colt racing for Peter B. Gallegos, Robert Sanchez, and Patricia Gonzalez from the barn of trainer Juan M. Gonzalez, drew post 4 for this race.

Moonifisant has won four of five outs and has earned $132,535. The colt’s season record includes a half-length victory as the fastest qualifier in the April 7, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Moonifisant’s nine opponents include Verona G. Vaughn’s King Of Pop, a homebred Chickie Cherry Cola gelding who won the May 26, 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Mitey Moon (Jaime Leos), 6-1; King Of Pop (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 12-1; Osaka Moon (Roberto Valero), 5-1; Moonifsant (Tanner Thedford), 4-1; Kaydns Krusader (Esgar Ramirez), 3-1; Sparkling Heat (G.R. Carter Jr.), 8-1; Kia Won (Salvador Martinez), 8-1; Penny Snatchin (Ry Eikleberry), 20-1; French Moonflash (Joel Aranda), 5-1; and Hot Hot Baby Doll (Noe Garcia), 30-1.

NEW MEXICO CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & up -- 6 furlongs
$120,000-added

J Bar 7 Ranch LLC’s Little Vidalia puts her two-race win streak on the line in this race, a new addition to the New Mexico Cup lineup.

Trained by Justin Evans, Little Vidalia sprinted to a 1 1/4-length victory in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Lincoln Handicap (R) during the Zia Festival program at Ruidoso Downs on July 28.

Morning-line favorite Rose’s Desert has won eight of 13 races and has earned $499,435 for owner Joe Peacock, who also bred the 5-year-old daughter of Desert God. Rose’s Desert won the 5 1/2-furlong, $85,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) at Sunland Park back in March.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Lady French (Aldo Arboleda), 20-1; Attila’s Hunny (Ken Tohill), 6-1; Little Vidalia (Ry Eikleberry), 9-5; C C Manor (Alejandro Medellin), 12-1; Gossip Dome (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 5-1; and Rose’s Desert (Casey Lambert), 1-1.

NEW MEXICO CUP JUVENILE FILLIES STAKES (R)
Fillies, 2-year-olds -- 6 furlongs
$140,000-added


That’s The Idea is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for this race. A homebred daughter of Diabolical racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, and trained by Henry Dominguez, That’s The Idea will be making her first start since July 28, when she scored a 1 1/4-length win in the 6-furlong, $194,000 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

That’s The Idea has won both of her outs and has banked $100,465. Another undefeated filly, Mike Abraham’s Storm With Flair, is coming off of a 3 1/2-length victory in the September 22, 6-furlong Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) during the New Mexico State Fair portion of The Downs at Albuquerque meet.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- S S Star (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1; Rollsetroll (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 10-1; High Test Gal (Francisco Giles), 8-1; Lady Genius (Carlos Madeira), 4-1; That’s The Idea (Enrique Gomez), 5-2; Cattle Act (Casey Lambert), 30-1; Birdie Brew (Miguel Perez), 30-1; Storm With Flair (Alejandro Medellin), 9-2; Zesty Salsa (Dusty Shepherd), 10-1; My Dandy Girl (Ken Tohill), 20-1; Unofficial Winner (Aldo Arboleda), 6-1; and Tizzy Devil (Larry Gamez), 30-1.

NEW MEXICO CUP JUVENILE COLTS & GELDINGS STAKES (R)
Colts & geldings, 2-year-olds -- 6 furlongs
$140,000-added


Morning-line choice Poblano drew post 4 for this race. A $3,000 buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Poblano has won two of three starts and has earned $35,137 for his owner, S. Diana Bringhurst.

Poblano will be making his first start since September 22, when he was a prompt 11-10 favorite in the September 22, 6-furlong George Maloof Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. The Minister Eric gelding’s 11 opponents include stakes winners Dandy Don Who and Reaper.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Beaumont Time (Ken Tohill), 30-1; Fonzerelli (Miguel Perez), 20-1; Play Dome (Dusty Shepherd), 15-1; Poblano (Brian Theriot), 3-1; Outlaw In Town (Alejandro Medellin), 8-1; Quick Time (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 10-1; Chili Con Queso (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1; Dontchacallnomo (Casey Lambert), 30-1; River Crossing (Carlos Madeira), 10-1; Cataflying (Enrique Gomez), 6-1; Reaper (Duane Sterling), 4-1; and Dandy Don Who (Aldo Arboleda), 9-2.

NEW MEXICO CUP FILLY STAKES (R)
Fillies, 3-year-olds -- 6 furlongs
$140,000-added


A winner of three of her last four races, Larry Strain’s Way To Go Gerda is the 3-1 morning-line favorite. The homebred chestnut daughter of The Way Home is coming off of a 2 1/4-length win in a 6-furlong, $44,500 open-condition state-bred allowance race at Zia Park on September 29.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Lakehouse Fun (Enrique Gomez), 6-1; Strawberry Bling (Larry Gamez), 30-1; K B’s Princess (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 4-1; Tyger Teras (Ken Tohill), 8-1; C L Phone Home (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 30-1; Piratz Stash (Carlos Madeira), 6-1; Hennessy Road (Alejandro Medellin), 12-1; Desertsmagic (Aldo Arboleda), 10-1; Way To Go Gerda (Francisco Giles), 3-1; Your Privileged (Miguel Perez), 30-1; Park Lane Lass (Dusty Shepherd), 8-1; and Secrets On Ice (Ry Eikleberry), 12-1.

NEW MEXICO CUP COLTS & GELDINGS STAKES (R)
Colts & geldings, 3-year-olds -- 6 furlongs
$140,000-added


A full field of 12 has been entered in this race, including two-time stakes winner Devons Ca Ching.

A $2,700 purchase at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Devons Ca Ching has banked $137,948 for owner Lester Wright. The Devon Lane gelding, who is trained by H. Ray Ashford Jr., has won four of eight starts, including this year’s 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs, and 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Indication N M (Ken Tohill), 4-1; Blue Demon (Miguel Perez), 30-1; Kiss My Hennessy (Dusty Shepherd), 5-1; Devons Ca Ching (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 7-2; Attila’s Hurricane (David Cardoso), 6-1; Joker’s Touch (Alejandro Medellin), 8-1; Thermal (Duane Sterling), 30-1; Rio El Diablo (Casey Lambert), 30-1; B R Big Red (Enrique Gomez), 10-1; Mr. McCoy (Ry Eikleberry), 12-1; Hush’s Storm (Aldo Arboleda), 20-1; and Chica’s Minister (Carlos Madeira), 6-1.

NEW MEXICO CUP SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older -- 6 furlongs
$170,000-added


Linda Hutchinson’s Anzaki puts his win streak on the line in this race. A 5-year-old homebred gelding by Anzaki trained by Alberto Amparan, Anzaki has won three consecutive races, including stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque and Ruidoso Downs.

A full field of 12 has signed on, including Attitude E Racer, a 5-year-old Desert God gelding campaigned by Michael Stinson and trained by Joel Marr. Attitude E Racer scored a 1 1/2-length victory at odds of 23-1 in last year’s New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments -- Hunting Dixie (Brian Theriot), 5-1; Cowboy’s Rule (Aldo Arboleda), 5-1; Nuggets Please (Francisco Giles), 30-1; Flash Me The Cash (Carlos Madeira), 12-1; May Weather (Alejandro Medellin), 30-1; Anzaki (Enrique Gomez), 3-1; Our Choice (Ry Eikleberry), 20-1; Midnightlowdown (Duane Sterling), 8-1; Groushy Apadana (Enrique Garcia), 15-1; Speedy Caracal (Casey Lambert), 30-1; Attitude E Racer (Ken Tohill), 6-1; and Chuchuluco (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 9-2.

PEPPERS PRIDE NEW MEXICO CUP FILLIES & MARES STAKES (R)
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & up -- 1 mile
$170,000-added


Michael C. Stinson’s Iplaytricks heads a field of seven distaffers in this 8-furlong test. A 5-year-old Desert God mare trained by Joel Marr, Iplaytricks is coming off of a 4 3/4-length win in a 1-mile, $44,500 open-condition state-bred allowance race at Zia Park on October 1.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Jengoneby (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 10-1; Desert Avenue (Carlos Madeira), 6-1; Manes (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Iplaytricks (Aldo Arboleda), 4-5; My Precious Lady (Lisa Love), 12-1; Western Way (Enrique Garcia), 3-1; and Mickeys Last Dance (Dusty Shepherd), 10-1.

ROCKY GULCH NEW MEXICO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & up -- 1 mile
$180,000-added

That’s Who, the 8-5 morning-line choice, has won six consecutive starts, including the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 28.

A homebred 4-year-old Quinton’s Gold gelding racing for Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, and trained by Joel Marr, That’s Who has won 12 of 19 outs, including three of four at Zia Park. That’s Who won two stakes last season, including the 1 1/16-mile, $110,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Spinning Touch (Ry Eikleberry), 8-1; Dueling Dom (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 10-1; Jenson’s Miracle (Enrique Gomez), 10-1; That’s Who (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 8-5; On Down The Road (Ken Tohill), 4-1; Rey Del Mar (John Rochabrun), 6-1; Mr. Wizard (Dusty Shepherd), 8-1; Desert Burn (Carlos Madeira), 20-1; Rig’s Runner (Casey Lambert), 20-1; and Playin Tough (Alejandro Medellin), 15-1.

In The News

Monday, July 21, 2014
The New Mexico Racing Commission has set 2014-15 race dates for the state’s five tracks.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Missing Reba, a stakes-winning daughter of the Artax stallion Diabolical, sprinted to a 1 1/4-length victory in the last of four Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity (R) trials at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
A pair of stakes winners, Raider Red and Lux, will next race in the July 27, $154,380 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings at Ruidoso Downs.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s Mighty Moonflash won the first of four Zia Derby (RG2) trials at Ruidoso Downs, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $139,483 final on July 26.




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