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Rich New Mexico Cup Races Draw 121 Entries
RSS Feeds Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A total of 121 state-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses have been entered in Sunday's New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park.

Eleven stakes will be contested, seven for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses. Post time for the first race is 12:15 p.m. (MDT).

The feature Thoroughbred race of the day, the 1-mile, $180,000-added Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R), has attracted a full field of 12. Double Smart, a homebred 5-year-old gelding by Premeditation racing for Roger K. Beasley and Leach Racing, will be making his first start since May 7, when he scored a three-length victory in the 1-mile, $110,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) at SunRay Park.

Fastest qualifier Call A Fast Corona drew post 5 for the richest Quarter Horse race of the day, the 400-yard, $322,283 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2). A homebred Southern Corona gelding campaigned by Richard R. Shearer of Portales, Call A Fast Corona has won three consecutive races, including the first of seven New Mexico Cup Futurity trials on October 15.

A complete preview of all 11 races, including entries in post position order, appears below:

3-year-olds & older
Purse, $140,000-added
870 yards

Rogelio Carrasco's BRT Opulence heads a full field of eight in this year's New Mexico Cup 870 Championship. The 7-year-old gelding by the Runaway Winner stallion Real Runaway has won two of his three outs this season, including the 870-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horsemen's Association Handicap (R) at SunRay Park on the Fourth of July.

All horses will carry 125 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and also-eligible entries – Klassic Strawfly (Salvador Martinez), KC Royal Flush (Casey Lambert), BRT Opulence (Esgar Ramirez), South Oak (Vicente Grajeda), Littlesouthernswing (Joe Martinez), Bullets Brother (Roman Chapa), Whata Lucky Man (Alejandro Medellin), Lalumbredelospateres (Ricky Ramirez), AE-GHF Roadrunner (Ry Eikleberry), and I Know Bedarina (Jaime Leos).

3-year-olds & older
Purse, $170,000-added
440 yards

Jenuine Joy, a homebred 5-year-old Genuine Strawfly mare and the lone distaffer in the full field of 10, has won three stakes this season, including the 350-yard, $100,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) in a near-track record :16.763 at Sunland Park back in March. Jenuine Joy has won eight of 12 races and has earned $331,650 for her owner, Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and also-eligible entries – One Diamond Kitty (Esgar Ramirez, 126), A First Caller (Oscar Rincon, 126), A Streak Again (Jaime Leos, 124), Jenuine Joy (Salvador Martinez, 126), CP Lawman (Flavio Lozano, 126), Down With You (Ricky Ramirez, 126), Yayo (Jesse Levario, 126), Dueling Juan (Vicente Grajeda, 126), Miracle Snow (Tony Guymon, 126), Caliente Tyger (Alonso Rivera, 126), AE-Fly Down Chick (Macario Rodriguez, 126), and Streaks Alot (Esgar Ramirez, 124).

Purse, $140,000-added
440 yards

Fastest qualifier Quatro Menudos drew post 7 as he seeks his second career stakes victory in this race. Owned by the partnership of McCarty, Wood, and SW Paving & Grading Inc., the homebred Furyofthewind gelding has banked $182,714 from six starts, and his five wins including the 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG1) at Sunland Park on New Year's Day.

All finalists will tote 125 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Brookstone Flash (J. Martin Bourdieu), Pakea Bay (Alejandro Medellin), Wilmon (Roman Chapa), Mas Frijoles (Vicente Grajeda), Special Vartanash (Raul Hernandez), Wok Of Fame (Tony Guymon), Quatro Menudos (Salvador Martinez), Leave N Legal (Esgar Ramirez), New Mexico Streaker (Oscar Rincon), and Viva La Moon (Jaime Leos).

Purse, $332,283
400 yards

Fastest qualifier Call A Fast Corona's nine opponents include Gary W. Hartstack's Caught On Tape, a sorrel gelding by Jesse James Jr who placed second in the 400-yard, $384,000 Zia Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 31. Caught On Tape's stakes resume also includes a third-place finish in the June 19, $277,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso.

All horses will carry 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Erasmus B Dragon (Esgar Ramirez), Caught On Tape (Carlos Madeira), Fleurs Corona (Tony Guymon), My Soul Mate (Alonso Rivera), Call A Fast Corona (Ricky Ramirez), Fly Olivia Fly (Jaime Leos), PK Bay (Alejandro Medellin), Secrets Turning (Antonio Escareno), Gotta Get Two (Roman Chapa), and Call Me A Blazn Chic (Vicente Grajeda).

2-year-old colts and geldings
Purse, $140,000-added
6 furlongs

Suzanne Byrd's Honshu City, the lone stakes winner in the field of 11, drew post 1 for his first start since September 25, when he broke his maiden in the 6-furlong George Maloof Futurity (R) for New Mexico-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque. The homebred Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) gelding's opponents include Boy Ego and Russianontherail, the second- and third-place finishers, respectively, in the George Maloof, and Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) runner-up That's Who.

All horses will tote 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Honshu City (Don Frazier), E Bar Way (Duane Sterling), I Do My Own Tricks (Roman Chapa), Dueling Dom (Jesse Garcia), T.V. Stevie (Ricardo Jaime), That's Who (Carlos Madeira), Russianontherail (J. Martin Bourdieu), Mr. Wizard (Casey Lambert), Boy Ego (Alejandro Medellin), Legal Storm (Alfredo Juarez), and Sapello Larue (Miguel Perez).

2-year-old fillies
Purse, $140,000-added
6 furlongs

A full field of 12 has been entered in this race, including Rita J. Danley's Roll Bloomers Roll, a homebred daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll who has won two stakes this season, including the September 25, 6-furlong Dessie & Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuuqerque. Other contenders include stakes winners Bev's Fast Lane and Our Flying Angel.

All fillies will carry 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Quinton's Doll Who (Ry Eikleberry), Roll Bloomers Roll (Don Frazier), Bev's Fast Lane (Casey Lambert), Moonface (Joe Martinez), Garretsghostlygirl (Jesse Garcia), Our Flying Angel (Jimmy Coates), Gerda's Home (Roman Chapa), Easy Loving Who (Carlos Madeira), Dashkova (Ken Tohill), Hot For You (J. Martin Bourdieu), Sandia Sonata (Alfredo Juarez), and Super Stormy (Alejandro Medellin).

3-year-old colts and geldings
Purse, $140,000-added
6 furlongs

Janna's Pride, a Desert God gelding campaigned by Charles W. Hunter and Dale Taylor, drew post 11 for this, his first out in 10 months. Janna's Pride has earned $187,350 from six outs, and his four wins include last year's 1-mile, $120,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) at Sunland Park, and the 1-mile, $120,000 Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park. Other contenders in the full field of 12 include Mostly Dust, a homebred Dry Gulch gelding racing for Larry Teague and Harry Teague who scored a half-length victory against open company in the 6-furlong, $40,000 Norgor Derby at Ruidoso Downs in June.

All horses will tote 122 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Mostly Dust (Ramsey Zimmerman), River Grade Trick (Alejandro Medellin), Beau Wizer (Casey Lambert), Texas Silver (Roman Chapa), The God Of Reign (Ken Tohill), Quick Flag (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Attitude E Racer (Ry Eikleberry), Jenna's Miracle (Miguel Hernandez), Desert Hennessy (Carlos Madeira), Mi Domscat (Joe Martinez), Jannas Pride (Juan Ochoa), and Russian Lane (J. Martin Bourdieu).

3-year-old fillies
Purse, $140,000-added
6 furlongs

Helen Nave's Comicsperfectstorm, a homebred daughter of the Unbridled stallion Comic Genius, brings a four-race win streak into this, her first start in 10 weeks. Comicsperfectstorm has scored convincing victories in both of her races this season, the 6-furlong, $50,000 Chief Narbona Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Sierra Starlet Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

All fillies will carry 120 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Ransomsgoodfriday (Ramsey Zimmerman), Squallena (Alejandro Medellin), Comicsperfectstorm (Juan Ochoa), Squall Wilbud (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), Shamrock Girl (T.L. Collier), Iplaytricks (Carlos Madeira), Funnyoushouldask (Miguel Hernandez), Stormin Bomb (Kelsi Purcell), Heaters Abbey (Ricardo Jaime), and Charleston Bound (Casey Lambert).

3-year-olds & up
Purse, $170,000-added
6 furlongs

Bonndaddy's, a two-time stakes winner this season, will break from post 4 under jockey Ken Tohill. A homebred 5-year-old B.G.'s Drone gelding racing for Double Kee Racing LLC and Grissom Racing Inc., Bonndaddy's has won three of seven races this year, including the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) at Albuquerque on August 21, and the 4 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on March 19.

All horses have been assigned to carry 124 pounds. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments – Lester's Echo (Jose Valdivia Jr.), Fourteen Kt. Gold (Alejandro Medellin), Explosive Mine (J. Martin Bourdieu), Bonndaddy's (Ken Tohill), Daddy O. (Jimmy Coates), Lesters Secret (Roman Chapa), Smash Dancer (Miguel Hernandez), Train Rider Blues (Joe Martinez), Our Choice (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), and Chuchuluco (Ry Eikleberry).

Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & up
Purse, $170,000-added
One mile

Cali Baby returns to defend her title in this eight-furlong stakes. A homebred 5-year-old mare by the late Thatsusintheolbean racing for Chris P. Hourigan and UKUSA Stables, Cali Baby has won seven of her 13 starts the last two seasons, and her record includes a convincing 9 1/2-length victory in last year's New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Jengoneby (Carlos Madeira, 123), Cali Baby (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 123), Highspeed Rescue (Casey Lambert, 120), Rose's Desert (Juan Ochoa, 120), Dream Kin (Ramsey Zimmerman, 123), Pretty Danseur (J. Martin Bourdieu, 123), Elvira Who (Ry Eikleberry, 123), Please N Teras (Ken Tohill, 123), Time For Deception (Miguel Perez, 123), Your Wild Eminence (Miguel Hernandez, 123), Favorite Flag (Enrique Gomez, 123), and King's Water Lilly (Alejandro Medellin, 123).

3-year-olds & up
Purse, $180,000-added
One mile

Likely favorite Double Smart will face 11 opponents here, including Peggy B. Rust's Brother John D., a 5-year-old gelding by Sable's Boy who won the August 21 Lineage Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and J.C. Gutierrez's Rosa's Catena, a $12,500 claim in July who in his most recent start won the October 9, $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at Albuquerque.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments – Cross Chris Run (Ken Tohill, 123), Spinning Touch (Adrian Ramos, 123), Brother Louie (Enrique Gomez, 123), Brother John D. (Vicente Grajeda, 123), Dixie Film (Miguel Hernandez, 123), Enchanted Outlaw (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 123), Rosa's Catena (Macario Rodriguez, 123), Running Squall (Alejandro Medellin, 120), Deity (Joe Martinez, 120), Double Smart (Casey Lambert, 123), Nuggets Please (Ricardo Jaime, 123), and Silver Matthias (Ramsey Zimmerman, 123).

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
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.

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