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Trainer Todd Fincher, Jockey Casey Lambert Have Big Zia Festival Days
RSS Feeds Sunday, July 29, 2012
Trainer Todd Fincher saddled the winners of four races, three of whom were ridden by jockey Casey Lambert, during Sunday's 11-race Zia Festival program at Ruidoso Downs.

Fincher and Lambert teamed to win the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship Stakes (R) with odds-on favorite Rollickin Red; the 5 1/2-furlong, $172,026 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) for 2-year-old colts and geldings with favorite Kiss My Hennessy; and the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds and older with 6-5 choice Smash Dancer.

Isaias Enriquez rode Fincher's fourth winner, T,V. Stevie, an 11-1 longshot who scored a neck victory in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Jockey Esgar Ramirez also had a multiple win day, as the veteran rider won the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) with Genuine American, and the 400-yard, $140,143 Zia Derby (RG3) with Fury Of The Storm.

Ruidoso Downs track officials announced Sunday's attendance as 6,533, which was up 2 percent over the lower than the 2011 Zia Festival crowd count of 6,405. A total of $531,272 was wagered on the 11-race card – both on- and off-track – an increase of 2.5 percent over the $518,143 handled during last year's 10-race Zia Festival card.

Below is a summary of all 11 Zia Festival races. Complete coverage will be featured in the next issue of the New Mexico Horse Breeders magazine.

ZIA 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older – 870 yards
Purse, $50,000
Winner – Rollickin Red (4G, Roll Hennessy Roll [TB]-Deeheiress by Mr Jess Perry)
Owner – Rollickin Red Partners
Breeder – Robert A. Gentry
Trainer – Todd Fincher
Jockey – Casey Lambert
Winning Time – :46.124
Winning Margin – 1 ¼ lengths
Odds – 3-5 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish) – Kokopellis Babycakes, Affluent Boy (TB), Pakea Bay, BRT Opulence, Bullets Brother, KC Royal Flush, and South Oak.

ZIA HANDICAP (RG2)
3-year-olds & older – 400 yards
Purse, $50,000
Winner – Genuine American (8G, Genuine Strawfly-All American Beauty by Streakin Six)
Owner – Fredda Draper
Breeder – J & L Stables
Trainer – Carl Draper
Jockey – Esgar Ramirez
Winning Time – :19.782
Winning Margin – head
Odds – 6-1
Also ran (in order of finish) – Here Kittykittykitty (13-10 favorite), Klassic Strawfly, De Genuine Queen, Snow Regard, Neversaynever, Mightys Last Call, and Brookstone Flash.

ROAD RUNNER HANDICAP (R)
3-year-old colts & geldings – 5 ½ furlongs
Purse, $50,000

Winner – T.V. Stevie (3G, Quinton's Gold-T.V. Evie by Jack Wilson)
Owner – Steve Prather and Dwayne Taylor
Breeder – Steve Prather
Trainer – Todd Fincher
Jockey – Isaias Enriquez
Winning Time – 1:03.95
Winning Margin – neck
Odds – 11-1
Also ran (in order of finish) – Damascus Last Hope, That's Who (7-10 favorite), Mr. Wizard, Legal Storm, Stealyndeewin, E Bar Way, Boy Ego, Attila's Ghost, Speedy Caracal, El Gran Cognac, and Pecos Valley Wind.

RIO GRANDE SENOR FUTURITY (R)
2-year-old colts & geldings – 5 ½ furlongs
Purse, $172,026
Winner – Kiss My Hennessy (2G, Roll Hennessy Roll-Dixie Kiss by Chimes Band)
Owner – Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks
Breeder – Pillar Property Services Inc.
Trainer – Todd Fincher
Jockey – Casey Lambert
Winning Time – 1:04.42
Winning Margin – 6 ½ lengths
Odds – 9-10 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish) – Ramblin' Starr, Thermal, Long Route, Slew Up His Sleeve, Penny Ante Cat, Dandy Guy, Worry This, Veil's Vengeance, and Marty Squall.

SIERRA STARLET HANDICAP (R)
3-year-old fillies – 5 ½ furlongs
Purse, $50,000

Winner – Roll Bloomers Roll (3F, Roll Hennessy Roll-Gold Bloomers by Gilded Time)
Owner and Breeder – Rita J. Danley
Trainer – Fred Danley
Jockey – Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Winning Time – 1:04.79
Winning Margin – ¾ of a length
Odds – 4-1
Also ran (in order of finish) – Sandia Sonata (2-1 favorite), Easy Loving Who, Hennesey Smash, Little Vidalia, Hot For You, Whisper's Sister, Super Stormy, Vinton Row, Rio Fresco, and Gerda's Home.

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

Winner – Cali Baby (6M, Thatsusintheolbean-Aquarellist by Ole')
Owner – UKUSA Stables
Breeder – Chris P. & Tina L. Hourigan
Trainer – Eric Mikkelson
Jockey – Alejandro Medellin
Winning Time – 1:10.69
Winning Margin – 7 lengths
Odds – 4-1
Also ran (in order of finish) – Vestal Virgin, Gossip Dome, I Am Lesters Gal (even-money favorite), Stormy Canyon, On Stride, Tularosa, Tricky R.

ZIA DERBY (RG3)
3-year-olds, 400 yards
Purse, $140,143

Winner – Fury Of The Storm (3C, Furyofthewind-Bubbles Bunny by Sail On Bunny)
Owner – Jaime Dominguez
Breeder – Bill or Sandy Miller
Trainer – Alex Sanchez
Jockey – Esgar Ramirez
Winning Time – :19.818
Winning Margin – ¾ of a length
Odds – 17-10 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish) – Caliente Colt, Cheetah Woods, Gotta Get Two, Who Rae, First Blazin Love, DH-RCJ Major Storm, DH-Angelina Fame, Fleurs Corona, and Eye Am Blazin.

RIO GRANDE SENORITA FUTURITY (R)
2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs
Purse, $159,744
Winner – Back Seat Roll (2F, Roll Hennessy Roll-Back Seat Charm by Silver Charm)
Owner and Breeder – J. Kirk & Judy Robison
Trainer – Henry Dominguez
Jockey – Enrique Gomez
Winning Time – 1:05.18
Winning Margin – neck
Odds – 9-1
Also ran (in order of finish) – K.B.'s Princess, Desertsmagic, Way To Go Gerda, Lakehouse Fun (11-10 favorite), Applelina, La La La Dandy, Lisa Sue, and No Late Nights

SIERRA BLANCA HANDICAP (R)
3-year-olds & older, 5 ½ furlongs
Purse, $34,200

Winner – Our Choice (7G, Desert God-Neat Choice by First Draft Choice)
Owner – Stable HMA
Breeder – Triple AAA Ranch
Trainer – Justin Evans
Jockey – Ry Eikleberry
Winning Time – 1:04.54
Winning Margin – ¾ of a length
Odds – 9-10 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish) – Lesters Secret, Agiba Yulla, Cowboy Hennessy, Bonndaddy's, Comic Smarty Cat, Vincent, and My Picasso.

ZIA FUTURITY (RG1)
2-year-olds, 400 yards
Purse, $395,028

Winner – Gonna Cha Cha (2G, Gonna Ro Sham Bo-Domeinitchy [TB] by Dome [TB])
Owners – Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez, and Debra Laney
Breeder – Dosi or Norma Alvarez
Trainer – Juan M. Gonzalez
Jockey – Cody Wainscott
Winning Time – :19.927
Winning Margin – head
Odds – 9-1
Also ran (in order of finish) – The Four Js, Runin Sixes, Junior June Bug, Tombstone, Rex Hill (19-10 favorite), Cmon Jessies Girl, ES Dove, Jessiana, and Rabbits Rabbit.

LAND OF ENCHANTMENT HANDICAP (R)
3-year-olds & older – 7 ½ furlongs
Purse, $50,000
Winner – Smash Dancer (5G, Robyn Dancer-Some Smash by Rare Brick)
Owners and Breeder – Barbara M. Coleman
Trainer – Todd Fincher
Jockey – Casey Lambert
Winning Time – 1:33.42
Winning Margin – ½ of a length
Odds – 6-5 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish) – Brother Louie, On Down The Road, Groushy Apadana, Desert Dude, Desert Gamble, Lota Talent, Numberoneson, and Running Squall.

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