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Two New Mexico Bred Stakes Featured on Land of Enchantment Program
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Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s rich Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.

Nine stakes, worth a total of $1.28 million in purses, are scheduled to be contested. Post time for the first race is 12:15 p.m. (MST). Several of the nation’s top jockeys will be on hand at Zia Park, including Florent Geroux, a leading contender for Eclipse Award honors this season. Geroux currently ranks fifth in North America with mount earnings of $16,246,377.

The two New Mexico-bred stakes are the 1-mile, $140,000 Eddy County Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds Thoroughbreds, and the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) for Quarter Horse distaffers.

Following is a preview of all nine stakes:

RACE 2
KING RICK RACK STAKES
Purse, $50,000 -- 870 yards
3-year-olds & older


Coronas Boy, a registered New Mexico-bred racing for Victor M. Diaz of Sunland Park, New Mexico, drew post 7 in search of his third stakes victory of the Zia Park meet.

Trained by Martin Orona Jr., Coronas Boy is a homebred 7-year-old son of the Dash For Cash stallion Mr Houston. The gelding will be facing open company off of his wire-to-wire, two-length victory in the October 30, $140,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R).

Other contenders include defending King Rick Rack champion Executive Trust, a 5-year-old Executive Menace gelding trained by Guadalupe Munoz Jr. for owner Sherree Meridyth. Executive Trust placed second, a half of a length behind Coronas Boy, in the 870-yard, $50,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes on October 2.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Kingsbury (Francisco Giles), 9-2; Executive Trust (Ruby Gonzalez), 6-1; Fire On The Fly (Esgar Ramirez), 7-2; Swiss Chris (Ricardo Jaime), 15-1; Ec Cartel (Donell Blake), 8-1; Admiral Zoomwalt (James Flores), 10-1; Coronas Boy (Alejandro Medellin), 3-1; Streakin Zoomer (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 12-1; AE-Ocean Smoke (Adrian Ramos), 15-1; and AE-Jmf Shazoomer (Alfredo Sigala), 20-1.

RACE 3
NEW MEXICO FILLY & MARE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
Purse, $140,000 -- 400 yards
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older


Astica, last year’s AQHA champion 3-year-old filly, will make her first start in nearly 10 months in this race.

Trained by Wes Giles for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico, Astica is a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White. The mare has won eight of 12 starts and has banked $308,923, and her four stakes wins include a 1 1/2-length victory in the 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park on January 3.

Princess Jesse, a homebred 3-year-old Jesse James Jr filly owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, is coming off of a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the September 25, 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs. Princess Jesse has won four of seven outs, including three stakes, and has earned $200,375 this year.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Sweet Splenda (Adrian Ramos), 15-1; Teana Fay (Jaime Leos), 8-1; Get Down Bambi (J.R. Valenzuela), 15-1; Astica (Salvador Martinez), 3-1; JJ Jessies Girl (Jose Luis Enriquez), 6-1; Chickaloni (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 5-1; Cd Tight Rope (Oscar Cordova), 15-1; My Royal Highness (Esgar Ramirez), 12-1; Princess Jesse (Alfredo Sigala), 4-1; Bl Corona (Manuel Gutierrez), 20-1; AE-Shes A Fighter (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 30-1; and AE-Watch For Corona (Raul Herrera), 30-1.

RACE 4
ZIA PARK QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (G1)
Purse, $150,000 -- 440 yards
3-year-olds & older


Zoomin Effortlessly, a three-time Grade 1 winner this season, heads a full field of aged sprinters in this 440-yard stakes.

Racing for Telesforo Perrett of Houston, Texas, from the barn of trainer Edelmiro Carrizales, Zoomin Effortlessly has won four of five starts and has banked $440,164 this year. The 5-year-old Zoomin For Bux gelding’s resume includes a one-length victory as the 11-10 favorite in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Other contenders include Ted G. Abrams’ Jessies First Down, a homebred 5-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty trained by Judd Kearl. The gelding scored a 1 1/2-length victory as the 3-5 favorite in the 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park on October 1.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Tres Friends (Ricky Ramirez), 8-1; Houdini (Manuel Gutierrez), 6-1; Alis Jumpn (Jose Luis Enriquez), 15-1; Jessies First Down (Rodrigo Vallejo), 4-1; Memphis D Nasty (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 20-1; Tf Im That Guy (J.R. Valenzuela), 10-1; Fly Thru The Fire (Jose Alvarez), 5-1; Sam Crow (Cody Jensen), 12-1; Zoomin Effortlessly (Santos Carrizales), 3-1; Apollitical Ok (Adrian Ramos), 15-1; AE-Silver Citizen (Alfredo Triana Jr.), 20-1; and AE-Grc Justplainazoom (Albert Medrano), 30-1.

RACE 5
ZIA PARK SPRINT STAKES
Purse, $75,000 -- 6 furlongs
3-year-olds & older


Chief Istan, a recent stakes winner in Maryland, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in this race.

Trained by J. Larry Jones for owners Sagamore Farm and Brereton C. Jones, Chief Istan is a homebred 4-year-old colt by the Gone West stallion Istan. Chief Istan is coming off of a three-quarter length win in the 7-furlong, $75,00 0 Challedon Stakes at Laurel Park on October 1.

Indexical, a 5-year-old son of Latent Heat trained by Bart Hone for owners Teed Off Stable LLC and Chris Aulds, was claimed for $62,500 in his most recent start, a 7-furlong allowance-optional claimer at Santa Anita Park on September 30. Indexical was coming off of a summer campaign at Del Mar where he ran second, four lengths behind winner Lord Nelson, in the 6-furlong, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) on August 27.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Storm Advisory (Giovanni Franco), 8-1; Rockport Kat (Tyler Baze), 5-1; Get A Notion (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 12-1; Redneck Humor (Ken Tohill), 10-1; Indexical (Jorge Carreno), 4-1; Toews On Ice (Stewart Elliott), 6-1; Chief Istan (Gabriel Saez), 3-1; and Wings Locked Up (David Cabrera), 9-2.

RACE 6
ZIA PARK DISTAFF STAKES
Purse, $75,000 -- 6 furlongs
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older


Steve Asmussen, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer in 2008 and ’09, will send out morning-line favorite Moment Is Right for owner Ten Broeck Farm Inc.

Moment Is Right ships in from Oklahoma, where the sophomore filly scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes at Remington Park on September 25. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has earned $56,845 from five starts this season.

Other contenders include Tigertail Ranch’s Wheatfield, a 4-year-old Lone Star Special filly trained by Danny Pish and the runner-up to Moment Is Right in the Flashy Lady, and Diabolical Dame. A registered New Mexico-bred 4-year-old daughter of Diabolical, Diabolical Dame is trained by Todd Fincher for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard, and she has won two of four outs and has banked $103,620 this season.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Diabolical Dame (Tracy Hebert), 15-1; Laugh It Up (Elvin Gonzalez), 10-1; D R C’s Pretty Sky (Giovanni Franco), 5-1; Wheatfield (Diego Saenz), 4-1; Minister’sadventure (Ry Eikleberry), 12-1; Seams Discreet (Ken Tohill), 8-1; Ghost Locket (Shane Laviolette), 6-1; Cinnamon Spice (Florent Geroux), 9-2; and Moment Is Right (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 7-2.

RACE 7
EDDY COUNTY STAKES (R)
Purse, $140,000 -- 1 mile
New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds


A full field of 12 state-bred juveniles, topped by morning-line favorite Thunder Dome, has been entered in this eight-furlong route.

Thunder Dome is a chestnut son of Dome trained by Dallas Barton for owners W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing. A stakes winner during the Ruidoso Downs meet, the gelding is coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Another Brother, in the 6-furlong, $140,000 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 30.

Happy Hennessy, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding owned and trained by Fred Danley, ran third in the New Mexico Cup Juvenile Championship. Happy Hennessy is winless in eight starts, but he has finished second three times and third five times and is multiple stakes placed.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Lauras Indianmusic (Kent Desormeaux), 6-1; El Tule (Jose L. Torres), 12-1; Mcfirst (Miguel Perez), 15-1; Pink Cadillac (Ken Tohill), 8-1; Raskateer (Jorge Carreno), 30-1; Stormtown Heat (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1; Reining Pesos (Gonzalo Nicolas), 20-1; Fastinating Allie (Elvin Gonzalez), 8-1; Thunder Dome (Ricardo Jaime), 4-1; Happy Hennessy (Enrique Gomez), 9-2; Indian H Who (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 5-1; and Dom Strait (Alejandro Medellin), 20-1.

RACE 8
ZIA PARK THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIP
Purse, $200,000 -- 1 1/8 miles
3-year-olds & older


Smack Smack, a stakes winner during the Albuquerque Downs summer meet for Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin Farms Inc., is the morning-line choice in this nine-furlong route for older horses.

Trained by Don Von Hemel, Smack Smack has banked $394,366 from 11 starts this season, and his resume includes victories in a pair of 1 1/8-mile stakes -- the July 2, $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap (G3), and the August 6, $175,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap.

Tigertail Ranch will be represented in this race by Mobile Bay, a homebred 4-year-old Lone Star Special colt trained by Victor Arceneaux. Mobile Bay will be making his first-ever start in New Mexico off of a second-place finish in the 1-mile, $100,000 Gold Cup Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs on October 29.

Streaks Bro, a registered New Mexico-bred 4-year-old Elijah’s Song gelding trained by Gary Cross for owner Maurcenia Cross of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, will tackle open stakes company off of a 2 3/4-length win in the 1-mile, $180,000 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 30.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Missing Groom (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 20-1; Forest Mouse (Ry Eikleberry), 8-1; Mobile Bay (Diego Saenz), 4-1; Tap The Admiral (Ken Tohill), 15-1; Fusaichi Samurai (Stewart Elliott), 30-1; King Of New York (Kent Desormeaux), 6-1; Code West (Luis Quinonez), 5-1; Smack Smack (Shane Laviolette), 3-1; Endurance (Ted Gondron), 12-1; Streaks Bro (Francisco Giles), 20-1.Ol Winedrinker Who (Miguel Perez), 10-1; and J Serino (J.C. Villanueva), 12-1.

RACE 9
ZIA PARK DERBY
Purse, $200,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-olds


A dozen sophomores, topped by Grade 3 winner Dalmore, have been entered in this 1 1/16-mile stakes.

Dalmore is a Florida-bred colt by Colonel John racing for Big Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, and Rocker O Ranch LLC, et al. Trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, Dalmore is coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Texas Chrome, in the 1 1/8-mile, $400,000 Super Derby (G3) at Louisiana Downs on September 10.

Dalmore has earned $249,600 from seven races this season, and his three wins include a half-length win in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.

Reddam Racing LLC’s Semper Fortis is a Kentucky-bred Distorted Humor colt trained by Doug O’Neill. Semper Fortis ships in from California, where he ran second in both the 1 1/8-mile, $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G2), and the 1-mile, $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Concord Fast (Ry Eikleberry), 12-1; Phantom Trip (David Cabrera), 10-1; Semper Fortis (Mario Gutierrez), 4-1; No Distortion (Gabriel Saez), 8-1; Dalmore (Kent Desormeaux), 3-1; Let’s Meet In Rio (Stewart Elliott), 20-1; Inside Straight (Giovanni Franco), 15-1; Deputy’s Echo (Elvin Gonzalez), 20-1; Way Striking (Andrew Ramgeet), 6-1; Mending Fences (Ted Gondron), 8-1; Pass The Buck (Luis Quinonez), 5-1; and Cowboy Cool (Gonzalo Nicolas), 30-1.

RACE 10
ZIA PARK OAKS
Purse, $300,000 -- 1 1/16 miles
3-year-old fillies


The richest stakes on and centerpiece of the Land of Enchantment program, this race has attracted a group of 10 3-year-old fillies.

Land Over Sea will be facing sophomores again after her seventh-place finish, 21 lengths behind Beholder, in the 1 1/8-mile, $2-million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on November 4. Trained by Doug O’Neill for owner Reddam Racing LLC, the chestnut daughter of Bellamy Road followed a 4 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in March with a second-place run, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Cathryn Sophia, in the 1 1/8-mile, $1-million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 6.

Gary and Mary West’s Family Tree is a multiple graded stakes winning Smart Strike filly trained by Wayne Catalano. Family Tree’s summer campaign included victories in the 1 1/16-mile, $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G2) at Indiana Grand, and the 1/1 16-mile, $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) at Prairie Meadows.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Coniah (Kent Desormeaux), 6-1; Eileen’s Girl (Martin Garcia), 15-1; Victress (Gabriel Saez), 8-1; Mimi’s Money (Chya Johnstone), 15-1; Ready To Confess (Joe Rocco Jr.), 9-2; Family Tree (Florent Geroux), 7-2; Fried Pickles (Enrique Gomez), 20-1; Ruby Sioux (Luis Quinonez), 12-1; Land Over Sea (Mario Gutierrez), 3-1; and K P Wildcat (Tyler Baze), 10-1.

In The News

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Daniel Balderrama’s Magnifico Dragon is the fastest qualifier to the October 29 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
RC Racing LLC’s A Passion For Flashn won the second of seven New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Saturday, and the First Moonflash colt is the fastest qualifier to the October 29, $325,000-est. final.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Graded stakes winners Running Dragon and Magnifico Dragon are among the 30 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Moneys A Maker, a graded stakes winning son of Sixes Royal owned by Enrique Barrera, is one of 62 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park.




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