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Zenon's Star Extends Win Streak in NM State Fair Breeders' Stakes
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Lester Wright's Zenon's Star extended his win streak to three with a 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, one of three stakes contested at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday.

Trained by H. Ray Ashford and ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr., Zenon's Star covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.39. The $30,000 winner's share of the purse increased the gray or roan Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) gelding's earnings to $175,292.

Zenon's Star was bred by Michael Weatherly. A $3,200 buy at the 2010 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the gelding has won four of 13 starts, and his win streak includes a one-length victory in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Don Juan de Onate Stakes (R) at Albuquerque on August 26, and a half-length score in the 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on May 27.

“With this horse, you just have to go along with him and make sure he gets his timing right – he does most of it by himself,” said Juarez, who has ridden Zenon's Star in all three of his races during the streak. “Timing is everything for this horse.”

San Juan Cigar finished second and was followed by Neeocity, El Chauco, Betterthanbob, and Juan de Dios.

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Fastest qualifier Smafricate broke sharply from post 6 and sprinted to a one-length win in the 400-yard, $82,070 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Owned and trained by Judy Bachicha of Anton Chico, New Mexico, and ridden by her son, Elliot Bachicha Jr., Smafricate stopped the timer in :19.644 while earning a lifetime-best 93 speed index. The filly by the Runaway Winner stallion Streakaway Cash broke her maiden with a neck victory in the second of three Senorita Futurity trials on September 7.

All told, Smafricate has won two of five races, and the $41,035 winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $44,948.

Posies Desiria, Sandys Jesse, 3-1 favorite Seis Of Hearts, Ofashionsoutherngirl, Talk It Out DWM, Lady Secret Dash, and Ms James completed the order of finish. Fifth-fastest qualifier Jess Surprising and ninth-fastest qualifier Marijkas Magic were scratched.

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Co-second fastest qualifier Saturday Nite Romeo broke his maiden in the $88,181 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Trained by Lonnie Vaughn and ridden for the first time in a race by Adrian Ramos, Saturday Nite Romeo covered 400 yards in :19.763 while recording a career-best 90 speed index and defeating Jesses On The Run by a half of a length. The homebred Dash Ta Fame gelding has earned $48,468 from five starts for his owner, Verona G. Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico.

Saturday Nite Romeo was coming off of a second-place finish in the second of four Senor Futurity trials on September 7. Racing at SunRay Park in Farmington last spring, he was the ninth-fastest qualifier to the 350-yard, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) on June 3.

Co-second fastest qualifier A Special Pfind finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Saturday Nite Romeo. Rex Hill, Jess My Time, Easily A Gent, Balderinas Surprise, Scadoo 32, Chispas Caliente, and Corona Blazin By completed the order of finish.

The fastest qualifier and 9-5 favorite, Balderinas Surprise crossed the wire fourth but was disqualified and placed seventh following a stewards' inquiry.

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Complete coverage of all three races will be included in the October issue of the New Mexico Horse Breeder magazine. For subscription information, call (505) 262-0224.

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