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Zasha is Morning Line Favorite for Peppers Pride Handicap
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C. Donnell Echols’ Zasha, a 6-year-old daughter of Desert God trained by Joel Marr, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 1-mile, $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

Zasha brings in a two-race win streak that includes a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the 1-mile, $170,000 Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Distaff Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 30. The mare is coming off of a 5-year-old campaign during which she earned $155,835 from five starts.

Zasha drew the rail post and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

My Bikini Fell Off, a homebred 6-year-old Elusive Jazz mare trained by Bart Hone, drew post 4 and will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry. My Bikini Fell Off made her season debut with a half-length win in a 1-mile allowance-optional claiming ($40,000) race for state-bred fillies and mares on January 13.

Marr will also send out Desert Stepper, a homebred 5-year-old daughter of Desert God owned by L Squared Racing LLC and H. Joe Allen. The runner-up to Zasha in last year’s Peppers Pride Handicap, the mare ended her 2015 campaign with a third-place finish, 3 1/4 lengths behind winner Bryn’s Fancy Pants, in the 6-furlong, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) on December 18.

Ken Tohill will ride Desert Stepper from post 7.

The complete lineup for the Peppers Pride Handicap, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Zasha (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 123), 5-2
Tylers Dixie Chick (Duane Sterling, 117), 6-1
Mexican Pharoah (Elvin Gonzalez, 113), 8-1
My Bikini Fell Off (Ry Eikleberry, 121), 7-2
Sunday Rose (Casey R. Chavez, 116), 5-1
Rogue Divergent (Frank Reyes, 112), 12-1
Desert Stepper (Ken Tohill, 118), 7-2
Singing Sofia (Tracy Hebert, 113), 10-1

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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