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Ten New Mexico-Bred Stakes on Tap on Zia Festival Day
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Ten stakes for New Mexico-breds -- six for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will be contested on Sunday, Zia Festival Day at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack.

Sunday’s richest race, the 400-yard, $370,820 Zia Futurity (RG1) for 2-year-old Quarter Horses, has drawn a full field of 10, topped by fastest qualifier A Passion For Flashn. Trained by Martin Orona Sr. for owner RC Racing LLC, the brown son of champion First Moonflash is coming off of a dominating 3 1/2-length victory in the seventh of 10 Zia Futurity trials on July 15.

A Passion For Flashn was a $6,500 yearling purchase at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale. The colt has earned $36,560 from five outs, and his resume includes a fourth-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Daddys Blushing, in the 350-yard, $393,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs on June 17.

Mauro Salcedo will ride A Passion For Flashn from post 5. The colt’s nine opponents include Bigg Daddy, a gelded son of Big Daddy Cartel and 2009 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Alice K White. Trained by Wes Giles for owner Too For Two, Bigg Daddy is a half brother to 2015 champion sophomore filly Astica, and he was a $25,000 buy at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Bigg Daddy has banked $53,273 from five races, and he ran third, one length behind Daddys Blushing, in the Mountain Top Futurity. Bigg Daddy drew post 6 and will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Miles Of Flash (Esgar Ramirez), 6-1
Tempting Star Gazer (Cipriano Vidana), 9-2
Jesse Lane (Rodrigo Vallejo), 15-1
Jesse Klee (L. Salvador Martinez), 15-1
A Passion For Flashn (Mauro Salcedo), 7-2
Bigg Daddy (G.R. Carter Jr.), 3-1
Hy Ho Harvey (Ricky Ramirez), 8-1
First N Forever (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 20-1
Jessa Diva (Alfredo Sigala), 10-1
Riverside Flash (Adrian Ramos), 12-1

Post time for the first Zia Festival race is 1 p.m. (MDT). Following is a preview of the remaining nine stakes on the program.

ZIA 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 870 yards
3-year-olds & older


Weappear (TB), a 5-year-old son of Devon Lane (TB) owned and trained by Nancy Summers, will defend his Zia 870 Championship on Sunday.

One of two Thoroughbreds in the eight-horse field, Weappear is coming off of a one-length win in an 870-yard, $30,000 open-condition allowance race for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs on July 15. The gray or roan gelding’s season record includes a second-place finish, 4 1/2 lengths behind winner Not My Note, in the 4 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on February 4.

Weappear drew the rail post and will be ridden by Duane Sterling. His seven opponents include Victor M. Diaz’s Coronas Boy, a homebred 8-year-old Mr Houston gelding and the reigning AQHA champion distance horse. A 10-time winner at the 870-yard distance, Coronas Boy drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Weappear (TB) (Duane Sterling, 124), 5-2
Tag Yur It (Ruby Gonzalez, 120), 6-1
Coronas Boy (Jose Enrique Ortiz, 123), 7-2
Oly Oly In Free (Mauro Salcedo, 119), 10-1
Wyatt (TB) (Frank Reyes, 122), 5-1
Jess Excessive (Oscar Cordova, 118), 12-1
Swiss Chris (Esgar Ramirez, 121), 8-1
D E Wagons Strawfly (J. Martin Bourdieu, 122), 9-2

ZIA QUARTER HORSE HANDICAP (RG2)
Purse, $50,000 -- 400 yards
3-year-olds & older


Daniel Balderrama’s Magnifico Dragon, a graded stakes winning 3-year-old son of Zulu Dragon, will make his first start against older sprinters in this race.

Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Magnifico Dragon has banked $296,021 from 11 races, and his six wins include a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length win in last year’s 400-yard, $310,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park. The sorrel gelding’s resume includes a second-place finish, one length behind winner Imperial Eagle, in last season’s 440-yard, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park.

Magnifico Dragon drew post 5 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo.

Seis Menudos, a 6-year-old Southern Corona gelding trained by Michael Megariz III for owner Eloy Humberto Pena, is coming off of a 1 1/2-length win as the 6-5 favorite in the 400-yard, $40,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park on May 26. A one-time $5,000 claimer, Seis Menudos drew post 8 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Major Bites (Esgar Ramirez, 122), 8-1
First Kool Moon (Rodrigo Vallejo, 120), 12-1
Machismo Moon (Agustin Silva, 121), 15-1
Flash Theory (Ricky Ramirez, 121), 15-1
Magnifico Dragon (Mauro Salcedo, 121), 3-1
Too Flash For You (Adrian Ramos, 122), 6-1
Carson City Girl (Alfredo Sigala, 123), 10-1
Seis Menudos (Raul Herrera, 124), 7-2
Seeyalateralligator (L. Salvador Martinez, 124), 9-2
Dm Ada Kat (G.R. Carter Jr., 120), 20-1

ROAD RUNNER HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds


Thunder Dome, a chestnut son of Dome racing for W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in this test for sophomores.

Thunder Dome has earned $16,223 from nine starts, all in New Mexico, and his two wins include a three-quarter length score in las t year’s 5 1/2-furlong, $153,000 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by Frank Reyes for trainer Dallas Barton.

Another Brother races for R.D. Hubbard from the barn of trainer Todd Fincher. The runner-up to Ignored in last year’s 5-furlong, $173,000 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R), the homebred Attila’s Storm gelding is coming off of a half-length win in a 5 1/2-furlong, $19,000 open-condition allowance for New Mexico-breds on July 1.

Another Brother drew post 9 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Big Hitter (Roimes Chirinos, 118), 10-1
Happy Hennessy (Enrique Gomez, 119), 8-1
He’s Another Who (Elvin Gonzalez, 120), 9-2
Tiza Roll (Kelsi Purcell, 117), 30-1
Go Gotta Go (J. Martin Bourdieu, 118), 20-1
Can’t Stop Samoken (Miguel Fuentes Jr., 118), 12-1
Mr. Mooch (J.C. Valenzuela, 119), 6-1
Ignored (Tracy Hebert, 118), 15-1
Another Brother (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 119), 7-2
Thunder Dome (Frank Reyes, 120), 3-1

ZIA DERBY (RG2)
Purse, $176,005 -- 400 yards
3-year-olds


A full field of 10 sophomores has been entered back in this race, which will offer a stakes-record purse.

Running Dragon, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, is trained by Juan M. Gonzalez for owner By By JJ LLC. A homebred gray daughter of Zulu Dragon, the filly has won three graded stakes this season, including the January 15, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park. All told, Running Dragon has won 10 of 13 starts and has banked $573,041 while racing exclusively in New Mexico.

Running Dragon drew post 3 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos. Percyjones, the fastest qualifier, races for Terry and Irene Stennett from the barn of trainer Trey Wood, and the Jesse James Jr gelding is coming off of a one-length victory as the 3-10 favorite in the last of four Zia Derby trials on July 15.

Percyjones has won five of eight outs and has earned $168,050, and he ended his 2-year-old campaign with a third-place finish, a neck behind winner High Plains Perry, in the 400-yard, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. The sorrel gelding drew post 6 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Mystic Daddy (Larry Payne), 8-1
Pj Runaway Bunny (Agustin Silva), 15-1
Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos), 3-1
Moonshine Milly (G.R. Carter Jr.), 10-1
Mitey Man (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 6-1
Percyjones (Ricky Ramirez), 7-2
A Sure First (Tanner Thedford), 12-1
Yudes Jess Dashin (L. Salvador Martinez), 15-1
Altitude Project (Oscar Cordova), 20-1
Me Like Daddy (Jose Alvarez), 9-2

LINCOLN HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 6 furlongs
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older


Diabolical Dame, a seven-time stakes winner, is one of eight state-bred distaffers entered in this stakes.

Trained by Todd Fincher for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard, Diabolical Dame has earned $518,980 from 21 starts. The 5-year-old gray or roan daughter of the Artax stallion Diabolical will be making her first start since March 26, when she ran second, a half of a length behind Woodacouldadid, in the 5 1/2-furlong, $100,000 La Coneja Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.

Diabolical Dame has won four of her six starts at Ruidoso Downs, including the 2015 Lincoln Handicap. The mare drew post 7 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos.

Fincher will also send out Bryn’s Fancy Pants, a homebred 4-year-old filly by Southwestern Heat owned by Dale Taylor, Carey Taylor, and Jon Hogg. Bryn’s Fancy Pants is coming off of a Sunland Park winter campaign during which she rallied to win the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) on December 18.

Bryn’s Fancy Pants will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. from post 8.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Tijuana (Miguel Fuentes Jr., 119), 9-2
Tilla Cat (Tracy Hebert, 118), 8-1
Sassy Silk Pet (Frank Reyes, 117), 6-1
My Dandy Girl (J. Martin Bourdieu, 117), 12-1
Explosive Spy (Luis H. Rodriguez, 117), 15-1
She Devil (Enrique Gomez, 117), 10-1
Diabolical Dame (Roimes Chirinos, 121), 2-1
Bryn’s Fancy Pants (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 121), 5-2

SIERRA STARLET HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-old fillies


Pink Cadillac, a homebred Diabolical filly racing for J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing ninth-place effort in her most recent out in this race.

Trained by Joel Marr, Pink Cadillac has banked $78,937 from three starts this year, and her season resume includes a neck victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R) at Sunland Park on March 26. The dark bay or brown filly drew post 8 and will be ridden by Miguel Fuentes Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Rational Decision (Enrique Gomez, 117), 8-1
Vocally (J. Martin Bourdieu, 120), 7-2
Ivy Gimlet (Tracy Hebert, 119), 5-1
By Golly Who (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 119), 10-1
Mike And Trixie (Frank Reyes, 116), 15-1
Waltzing Attila (Duane Sterling, 120), 4-1
Heat Stroke (Roimes Chirinos, 118), 9-2
Pink Cadillac (Miguel Fuentes Jr., 121), 5-2
Que Pasa (Alfredo Sigala, 118), 12-1

LAND OF ENCHANTMENT HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 7 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older


Shining Source has been assigned top weight of 123 pounds for this race, as the 6-year-old son of the Montbrook stallion Source seeks his second official black-type stakes win of the season.

Owned by Barton Ranch Stables LLC and trainer Blake Rust, Shining Source will be stretching out in distance off of his third-place finish, 3 3/4 lengths behind winner Citizen Geller, in the 7-furlong, $70,000 O.D. McDonald Stakes (R) at Albuquerque Downs on June 24. The gelding’s season race record includes a one-length win in the March 18, $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.

Shining Source drew post 4 and will be ridden by Elvin Gonzalez. His seven opponents include R.D. Hubbard’s Go For A Stroll, a homebred 3-year-old Attila’s Storm gelding who will be facing older runners for just the second time. Go For A Stroll rallied to win the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park on March 26.

Go For A Stroll drew post 8 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos for trainer Todd Fincher.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Weather Dodger (L. Salvador Martinez, 121), 5-1
Storm Warrior (Ruben Fuentes, 117), 12-1
G M Gage (J. Martin Bourdieu, 117), 10-1
Shining Source (Elvin Gonzalez, 123), 5-2
Hit A Lick (Tracy Hebert, 120), 7-2
Shotgun Wedding (Frank Reyes, 117), 6-1
Hush’s Storm (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 116), 8-1
Go For A Stroll (Roimes Chirinos, 118), 9-2

SIERRA BLANCA HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older


Defending champion D E Lover is one of seven sprinters entered in this race.

Campaigned by Leroy Martinez and trainer Tony Sedillo, D E Lover drew post 7 and will be ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu. The 6-year-old son of the Pioneering stallion So Long Birdie is winless in three outs this season, but he won three stakes last season, including the 6-furlong, $170,000 New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park.

Other contenders include Stormin The Jewels, a three-time stakes winner trained by Fred Danley for owner J & SM Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas. A 4-year-old son of Attila’s Storm, the gelding will be shortening in distance off of his second-place finish in the 7-furlong, $70,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R) at Albuquerque Downs on June 24.

Enrique Gomez will ride Stormin The Jewels from post 3.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
E Bar Gold (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 116), 10-1
Lonnie Ton (Tracy Hebert, 117), 8-1
Stormin The Jewels (Enrique Gomez, 121), 5-2
Storm Dust (Kelsi Purcell, 115), 12-1
Forger (Miguel Fuentes Jr., 119), 3-1
Golly Gee (Frank Reyes, 117), 6-1
D E Lover (J. Martin Bourdieu, 118), 7-2

In The News

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.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.




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