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Two New Mexico-Bred Stakes Scheduled for Rich Land of Enchantment Day 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 $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.

In all, nine stakes are scheduled to be contested. Post time for the first race, the 870-yard, $50,000 King Rick Rack Stakes, is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. (MST).

The two New Mexico-bred stakes are the 1-mile, $140,000 Eddy County Stakes (R) for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds (estimated post time, 12:37), and the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) for Quarter Horse distaffers (estimated post time, 3;20).

Following is a preview of all nine stakes:

RACE 1
KING RICK RACK STAKES
Purse, $50,000 -- 870 yards
3-year-olds & older


Zoomin Racer, a 4-year-old son of Jess Zoomin owned and trained by Fernando Carrete of Albuquerque, heads an overflow field off 10 distance specialists.

Zoomin Racer brings in a five-race win streak that includes a wire-to-wire, 2 3/4-length victory in the 870-yard, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on October 14. The gelding has won four of six races, including two stakes, and has earned $89,117 this season.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Zoomin Racer (Ricky Ramirez), 8-5
D E Wagons Strawfly (Brayan Velazquez), 15-1
Fire Thorn (Duane Sterling), 7-2
Streakin Zoomer (Mauro Salcedo), 30-1
Linda Tee Fire (Alejandro Medellin), 8-1
Droppin Timber (Curtis Kimes), 12-1
Jessa Little Rusty (Gilbert Ortiz), 9-2
Funny Munny (Francisco Amparan), 4-1
AE-Ranger The Stranger (L. Salvador Martinez), 8-1
AE-The Patriot Game (Enrique P. Gomez), 15-1

RACE 2
NEW MEXICO FILLY & MARE QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
Purse, $140,000 -- 400 yards
400 yards


Princess Jesse, a homebred 4-year-old Jesse James Jr mare trained by Vance Mikkelson for Mikkelson Racing LLC of Belen, New Mexico, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite.

Princess Jesse faces distaffers again off of her third-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Major Bites, in the 440-yard, $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1). The mare has won eight of 16 starts and has earned $337,615.

Princess Jesse drew post 7 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez. Other contenders include Carson City Girl, a multiple stakes winning 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge trained by Fred Danley for owners David and Sandra Barrett of Alto, New Mexico. Carson City Girl has banked $124,579 from six outs tis season, and her two wins include a half-length victory in the August 27, 440-yard First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
First Vegas Moon (Manuel Gutierrez), 15-1
Carson City Girl (Ricky Ramirez), 5-1
Get Down Bambi (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 15-1
Straw Fly Flower (L. Salvador Martinez), 20-1
Eyesawagon (Oscar Cordova), 20-1
Sixie Won (Mauro Salcedo), 10-1
Princess Jesse (Esgar Ramirez), 2-1
Lady Version (Edgar Martinez), 20-1
Princess Jessie Jane (Jose Luis Enriquez), 9-2
Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos), 7-2
AE-A Regal First Moon (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 10-1
AE-Call Me A Blazn Chic (Jaime P. Leos), 20-1

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


Reigning AQHA world champion Jessies First Down will attempt to defend his title, as the 6-year-old FDD Dynasty gelding scored a head victory in this race last year.

Trained by Jimmy Padgett for owner Ted G. Abrams of Houston, Texas, Jessies First Down will be making his first start since September 24, when the gelding sprinted to a three-quarter length win in the 440-yard, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship Stakes at Albuquerque Downs. Jessies First Down drew post 6 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo.

Other contenders include Imperial Eagle, a 3-year-old One Famous Eagle gelding who will be making his first start against aged horses. Last year’s champion 2-year-old, Imperial Eagle is trained by Tony Sedillo for owners Charles Robinson and Christine Robinson.

Esgar Ramirez will ride Imperial Eagle from post 5.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Magestic Eagle (Ricky Ramirez), 10-1
TF Im That Guy (Manuel Gutierrez), 10-1
Watch My Wallet Loto (Raul Herrera), 30-1
JM Country Man (Mauro Salcedo), 15-1
Imperial Eagle (Esgar Ramirez), 5-2
Jessies First Down (Rodrigo Vallejo), 1-1
Machismo Moon (Jose Alvarez), 12-1
Knockemout Capi (Adrian Ramos), 30-1
De La Eagle (Jaime Leos), 20-1
Rarin (Roberto Meraz Jr.), 15-1
AE-Marseille (Edwuin Lujan), 5-1
AE-Cobalt Creek (Ricky Ramirez), 12-1

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


Hammers Vision, a 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Court Vision, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite, as the gelding makes his first-ever start in New Mexico.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro for owners Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest, and Randy Howg, Hammers Vision ships in from the east coast, where he ran second, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner The Truth Or Else, in the 7-furlong, $100,000 Sir Shackleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park near Miami on April 1. The gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Daniel Vergara.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Redneck Humor (Ry Eikleberry), 3-1
Fact Finding (Mario Gutierrez), 20-1
Forest Mouse (Enrique P. Gomez), 6-1
Mt Veeder (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 15-1
Pink Cotton (Elvin Gonzalez), 12-1
Counterforce (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 2-1
Hammers Vision (Daniel Vergara), 8-5

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


Karl Pergola’s K P Wildcat, a 4-year-old daughter of Include trained by Weston Martin, will risk her three-race win streak in this race.

K P Wildcat has won two stakes this season, and the filly will be shortening in distance off off her 4 3/4-length victory in the 1-mile, $50,000 Chaves County Stakes at Zia Park on October 2. K P Wildcat drew post 4 and will be ridden by Roimes Chirinos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:I
Super Humor (Miguel Perez), 8-1
Diez Dancer (Alejandro Medellin), 20-1
Game Time Decision (Ry Eikleberry), 2-1
K P Wildcat (Roimes Chirinos), 8-5
Christina’s Comet (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 3-1
Tijuana (Jorge Carreno), 12-1
Summer House (Rico W. Walcott), 8-1

RACE 7
ZIA PARK CHAMPIONSHIP
Purse, $150,000 -- 1 1/8 miles
3-year-olds & older


Whispering Oaks Farm LLC’s Iron Fist, the 4-5 morning-line favorite, is coming off of a fifth-place finish, 7 1/4 lengths behind winner Battle Of Midway, in the November 3, $1-million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Stakes (G1) at Del Mar.

A 5-year-old stallion by Tapit trained by Steve Asmussen, Iron Fist has earned $537,400 from nine races this season, and his four wins include a three-quarter length victory as the 11-10 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile, $175,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes at Remington Park on September 24. Iron Fist drew the rail post and will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Iron Fist (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 4-5
Hereditary (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 6-1
Code West (Ramon Vazquez), 5-2
Ol Winedrinker Who (Enrique P. Gomez), 30-1
Way Striking (Daniel Vergara), 4-1
Tiz Town (Roimes Chirinos), 20-1

RACE 8
EDDY COUNTY STAKES (R)
Purse, $140,000 -- 1 mile & 70 yards
New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds


Blazing Navarone, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, heads a full field of a dozen New Mexico-bred juveniles.

Trained by Henry Dominguez for owners Solitaire Stable and George E. Coleman, Blazing Navarone will be stretching out in distance off of his third-place finish, two lengths behind winner P J’s Gold, in the 6-furlong, $140,000 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 29. The Song Of Navarone gelding drew the rail post and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry.

Blazing Navarone’s 11 opponents include Indian Jack, a homebred son of Indian Firewater trained by Joel Marr for owner C. Donnell Echols of Lamesa, Texas. Indian Jack has earned $22,700 from three outs this season.

Indian Jack drew post 12 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Blazing Navarone (Ry Eikleberry), 2-1
Orogrande (Frank Reyes), 30-1
Keep On Zenon On (Ramon Vazquez), 10-1
Big Boom (Miguel Perez), 20-1
Hennessy Express (Roimes Chirinos), 20-1
Tucker D (Aldo Arboleda), 15-1
Next Affair (Miguel Fuentes Jr.), 10-1
Jet N G (Ken Tohill), 12-1
The Great Dome (Enrique Gomez), 8-1
Nowiks Dome (Jose L. Torres), 15-1
Rio Innoko (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 15-1
Indian Jack (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 3-1

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


A field of 10 sophomores, headed by morning-line favorite Untrapped, has been entered in this race.

Trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Michael Langford, Untrapped is coming off of a 1 3/4-length win in the 1 1/8-mile, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on September 24. The Trappe Shot colt drew the rail post and will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Untrapped (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 8-5
Horse Fly (Miguel Perez), 20-1
Equator (Jorge Carreno), 15-1
Passed By Paul (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 15-1
P C Cowboy (Floyd Wethey Jr.), 12-1
You’re To Blame (Roimes Chirinos), 7-2
Steely Resolve (Mario Gutierrez), 8-1
Cedartown (Ry Eikleberry), 10-1
General Council (Tracy Hebert), 30-1
Chief Know It All (Rico Walcott), 9-2

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


The richest race on the Land of Enchantment Day program, this stakes has drawn a field of seven, headed by morning-line favorite Proud And Fearless.

Trained by Larry Jones for owner Brereton C. Jones, Proud And Fearless has banked $172,220 from nine outs, and her season resume includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner It Tiz Well, in the 1 1/16-mile, $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3) at Delaware Park on July 8.

Proud And Fearless will be ridden by Brian Pedroza from post 4. The homebred Proud Citizen filly’s six opponents include Clearview Stable LLC’s Ever So Clever, a Kentucky-bred Medaglia d’ Oro filly trained by Steve Asmussen. Ever So Clever has earned $303,750 from six starts this year, and her season resume includes a come-from-behind 1 3/4-length score in the 1 1/16-mile, $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park in April.

Ever So Clever drew post 2 and will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Escape Clause (Roimes Chirinos), 12-1
Ever So Clever (Ricardo Santana Jr.), 2-1
The Incident (Enrique Gomez), 6-1
Proud And Fearless (Brian Pedroza), 8-5
Kell Paso (Ry Eikleberry), 6-1
Sandy’s Surprise (Mario Gutierrez), 12-1
Mountain Goddess (Tracy Hebert), 8-1



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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