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Trainer Jose Gonzalez Jr. Has a Big First Day of Lineage Weekend
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Trainer Jose Gonzalez Jr., a resident of Albuquerque and a third-generation horseman, had a big day on the first day of Lineage weekend at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Gonzalez, 30, prepped the winners of two of the five Thoroughbred stakes on Saturday, both for owners and breeders Michael and Jeanne Fuhs. Gonzalez won the 6-furlong, $37,000 Don Juan de Onate Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds with Joker’s Touch, and the 1 1/16-mile, $37,000 Lineage Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds and older with Spinning Touch, a 6-year-old stallion who also won last year’s Lineage Stakes.

Alfredo Juarez, a resident of Albuquerque, rode a total of five winners on the nine-race program, including three Lineage races. Juarez was aboard Spinning Touch in the stallion’s come-from-behind three-quarter length victory in the Lineage Stakes.

The Downs at Albuquerque’s Lineage weekend continues with four Quarter Horse stakes on Sunday. Post time for the first of nine races is 1:30 p.m. (MDT), with the first Lineage stakes race, the 870-yard, $37,000 John Augustine Stakes (R), scheduled to go off at 3:35.

The following is a recap of the five Thoroughbred stakes run on Saturday:

DON JUAN DE ONATE STAKES (R)
Purse, $37,000 -- 6 furlongs
3-year-olds

Winner -- Joker’s Touch (G, Touchdown Ky-X Press Pass by San Rafael Pass)
Owner and Breeder -- Michael A. & Jeanne Fuhs
Trainer -- Jose R. Gonzalez Jr.
Jockey -- Isaias Cardenas
Winning Time -- 1:09.54
Winning Margin -- 1 3/4 lengths
Odds -- 11-10 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish) -- Jenson’s Miracle, Mr. McCoy, Indy’s Rocket, Dandy Guy, and Pie Town N M.

CASEY DARNELL PONY EXPRESS STAKES (R)
Purse, $37,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Anzaki (5G, Anziyan-Waki Jeanne by Avenue Of Flags)
Owner and Breeder -- Linda Hutchinson
Trainer -- Alberto Amparan
Jockey -- Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time -- 1:02.29
Winning Margin -- 6 1/4 lengths
Odds -- 19-10
Also ran (in order of finish) -- Lota Talent, Hunting Dixie (3-2 favorite), Beau Wizer, and Speedy Caracal.

CHIEF NARBONA STAKES (R)
Purse, $37,000 -- 6 furlongs
3-year-old fillies
Winner -- Lakehouse Fun (F, Roll Hennessy Roll-Forthelifeofme by Indian Charlie)
Owner and Breeder -- J. Kirk & Judy Robison
Trainer -- Henry Dominguez
Jockey -- Enrique Gomez
Winning Time -- 1:09.05
Winning Margin -- 3 1/4 lengths
Odds -- 7-2
Also ran (in order of finish) -- Hennessy Road, Park Lane Lass (19-10 favorite), C L Phone Home, Dandy Devona R F, Silver Streakn Gal, Strawberry Bling, Secrets On Ice, La La La Dandy, and La Luz.

CARLOS SALAZAR STAKES (R)
Purse, $37,000 -- 6 1/2 furlongs
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older
Winner -- Gossip Dome (5M, Dome-Theater Gossip by Phone Trick)
Owner -- Pesikan and Kilgroe Stables
Breeder -- Dream Walkin’ Farms Inc.
Trainer -- Eric Mikkelson
Jockey -- Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time -- 1:15.25
Winning Margin -- 1 1/2 lengths
Odds -- 7-2Also ran (in order of finish) -- Tricky R., Attila’s Hunny, Western Way, Devon’s Spirit (even-money favorite), Naughty Storm, and Desert Fun

LINEAGE STAKES (R)
Purse, $37,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-olds & older
Winner -- Spinning Touch (6H, Touchdown Ky-Shimmering Sand by Line In The Sand)
Owner and Breeder -- Michael & Jeanne Fuhs
Trainer -- Jose R. Gonzalez Jr.
Jockey -- Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time -- 1:43.88
Winning Margin -- 3/4s of a length
Odds -- 4-1
Also ran (in order of finish) -- Playin Tough, Trooper Trooper, Gotta Move, Mis Ter Noble (9-5 favorite), Rosa’s Catena, Neeocity, Orbiteer, Desert Gulch, and Jack The Teras.

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Astica, a homebred filly racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms, broke The Downs at Albuquerque’s 400-yard track record with her convincing three-length victory in Sunday’s $60,000 Pelican Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies.
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