Sunday, May 27, 2012
Zenon's Star, a gray or roan gelding racing for Lester Wright, earned his first stakes win in Sunday's $75,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park.
Saddled by Ray Ashford Jr., Zenon's Star covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.72 while rallying to defeat Dueling Dom by a half of a length under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. The gelding by Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) earned $45,000 to push his bankroll to $115,292 from 12 races.
“The pace wasn't very fast, and I was a little concerned about that because the horse in front (Dueling Dom) was going really easy,” said Juarez. “Another horse came between us, and I wasn't sure how much horse I had at that point.
“I hit him left-handed, and exactly at that time he switched leads and took off,” the rider added.
Zenon's Star was bred by Michael Weatherly. The gelding became the second stakes winner sired by Fusaichi Zenon, a 15-year-old son of 1989 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Sunday Silence. Racing in Japan and the U.S. from 1999-2001, Fusaichi Zenon earned $768,151 from eight outs and was a graded stakes winner in Japan.
Fusaichi Zenon has sired the earners of more than $542,000 from 25 starters. He entered stud in 2004, and he stands for a $1,000 fee at Weatherly Horse Farm in Anthony, New Mexico.
Zenon's Star's dam, Miss Trixie, is a 12-year-old daughter of the Full Choke stallion B.G.'s Drone who won the 2002 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) during the New Mexico State Fair portion of The Downs at Albuquerque meet.
Zenon's Star was a $3,200 purchase at the 2010 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. All told, the gelding has won three races, and his stakes record includes a second-place finish to E Bar Way in last year's 1-mile, $129,860 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park.
Also during the Zia Park meet, Zenon's Star posted a one-length win in a 5 1/2-furlong entry-level allowance race for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds on October 24.
Sent to post at odds of 11-1, Zenon's Star returned a $24.80 win mutuel and paired with Dueling Dom – the 4-1 second choice – for an $86.40 ($2) exacta. Odds-on favorite That's Who finished third, one length behind the winner, to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $250.40.
Desert Road ran fourth and was followed by E Bar Way, Stealyndeewin, Boy Ego, and Pecos Valley Wind.
Dueling Dom is a chestnut gelding by the Storm Cat stallion Dominique's Cat campaigned by Judge Lanier Thoroughbreds. Dueling Dom has banked $52,271 from nine races, and his two wins include a 3 1/2-length score in a 6 1/2-furlong, $27,100 allowance sprint for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park on May 1.
That's Who was sent to post at odds of 2-5 and saw his three-race win streak snapped in the Dine. A homebred Quinton's Gold gelding owned by Sam and Latane Stevens of Lamesa, Texas, That's Who has won six of 10 races – including four stakes, and the $7,500 third-place share of the Dine purse increased his earnings to $360,270.