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Zia Festival Recap
RSS Feeds Monday, July 31, 2017
Nine New Mexico-bred stakes races -- five for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- were contested at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday, as the track presented its annual Zia Festival day of racing.

A total of $896,825 in purses was paid out. One of the Quarter Horse stakes, the 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds, offered a stakes-record purse of $176,005.

Bigg Daddy, a son of Big Daddy Cartel and champion Alice K White trained by Wes Giles for owner Too For Two, won the afternoon’s richest race, the 400-yard, $370,820 Zia Futurity (RG1). A $25,000 buy at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the sorrel gelding banked the $155,745 winner’s share of the purse and his first career stakes victory.

No jockey recorded more than one win among the Zia Festival stakes. One Thoroughbred trainer, Johnathan Lemons, prepped multiple winners. Lemons won the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) for 3-year-olds with Mr. Mooch, and the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) with Shotgun Wedding.

Track officials announced attendance at 4,721. A total of $221,275 was wagered on-track on the 12-race program, which included two 2-year-old maiden Quarter Horse races. Off-track handle reached $248,341.

Following is a recap of all 10 Zia Festival stakes, listed in the order they were run. Also rans are listed in the official order they finished.

ZIA 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 870 yards
3-year-olds & older, Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds

Winner -- Coronas Boy (8G, Mr Houston-My First Corona by Corona Cartel)
Owner and Breeder -- Victor M. Diaz
Trainer -- Martin Orona Jr.
Jockey -- Jose Ortiz
Winning Time -- :46.298
Winning Margin -- neck
Odds -- 6-1
Also ran -- D E Wagons Strawfly, Tag Ur It, Wyatt [TB], Weappear [TB] (7-10 favorite), Swiss Chris, Oly Oly In Free, Jess Excessive

ZIA QUARTER HORSE HANDICAP (RG2)
Purse, $50,000 -- 400 yards
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- First Kool Moon (3G, First Moonflash-Lily Cartel by Corona Cartel)
Owner -- Jose Luis Ozuna
Breeder -- Mike Abraham
Trainer -- Judd Kearl
Jockey -- Rodrigo Vallejo
Winning Time -- :20.078
Winning Margin -- neck
Odds -- 11-1
Also ran -- Seeyalateralligator, Major Bites, Machismo Moon, Too Flash For You, Dm Ada Kat, Flash Theory, Magnifico Dragon (3-2 favorite), Carson City Girl.

ROAD RUNNER HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds

Winner -- Mr. Mooch (3G, Tin Can Sailor-Devons Super Lady by Devon Lane)
Owners -- Rodney Brooks, Marty Brooks, Glenn Berry, and Donnie Reid
Breeder -- Dee Mooring
Trainer -- Johnathan Lemons
Jockey -- J.C. Villanueva
Winning Time -- 1:03.53
Winning Margin -- 1 1/2 lengths
Odds -- 5-1
Also ran -- Thunder Dome, Ignored, Big Hitter, He’s Another Who, Another Brother (17-10 favorite), Happy Hennessy, Tiza Roll, Go Gotta Go, Can’t Stop Samoken.

ZIA QUARTER HORSE DERBY (RG2)
Purse, $176,005 -- 400 yards
3-year-olds

Winner -- Percyjones (3G, Jesse James Jr-Maggies Miracle Lx by Dean Miracle)
Owners -- Terry and Irene Stennett
Breeders -- Benny and Donna Smith
Trainer -- Trey Wood
Jockey -- Ricky Ramirez
Winning Time -- :20.081
Winning Margin -- 1 length
Odds -- 11-10 (favorite)
Also ran -- Running Dragon, Moonshine Milly, Mitey Man, A Sure First, Pj Runaway Bunny, Me Like Daddy, Altitude Project, Yudes Jess Dashin, Mystic Daddy.

LINCOLN HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 6 furlongs
Fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Diabolical Dame (5M, Diabolical-Vipervapor by Devon Lane)
Owners -- Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant, and Derrol Hubbard
Breeders -- Fred Alexander, Todd Fincher, and Brad King
Trainer -- Todd Fincher
Jockey -- Roimes Chirinos
Winning Time -- 1:09.65
Winning Margin -- 3 3/4 lengths
Odds -- 11-10 (favorite)
Also ran -- Tilla Cat, Bryn’s Fancy Pants, Tijuana, Explosive Spy, Sassy Silk Pet, My Dandy Girl, She Devil.

SIERRA STARLET HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-old fillies

Winner -- Waltzing Attila (3F, Attila’s Storm-Super Sister by Your Eminence)
Owner -- Wesley and Glenda Gray
Breeder -- Wesley Gray
Trainer -- Nancy Summers
Jockey -- Duane Sterling
Winning Time -- 1:05.12
Winning Margin -- 2 3/4 lengths
Odds -- Even (favorite)
Also ran -- Pink Cadillac, Ivy Gimlet, Mike And Trixie, Vocally, Que Pasa, Heat Stroke, By Golly Who.

LAND OF ENCHANTMENT HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 7 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- Shotgun Wedding (4G, Weather Warning-Garter by Bernardini)
Owner -- Randy Smith
Breeder -- R.D. Hubbard
Trainer -- Johnathan Lemons
Jockey -- Frank Reyes
Winning Time -- 1:32.35
Winning Margin -- 2 lengths
Odds -- 3-1
Also ran -- Hush’s Storm, Go For A Stroll, Hit A Lick, Weather Dodger, Shining Source (2-1 favorite), G M Gage.

ZIA QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY (RG1)
Purse, $370,820 -- 400 yards
2-year-olds

Winner -- Bigg Daddy (2G, Big Daddy Cartel-Alice K White by First Down Dash)
Owner -- Too For Two
Breeder -- MJ Farms
Trainer -- Wes Giles
Jockey -- G.R. Carter Jr.
Winning Time -- :19.929
Winning Margin -- 3/4 length
Odds -- 9-5 (favorite)
Also ran -- Jesse Lane, Hy Ho Harvey, Miles Of Flash, Jesse Klee, Riverside Flash, A Passion For Flashn, Tempting Star Gazer, Jessa Diva.

SIERRA BLANCA HANDICAP (R)
Purse, $50,000 -- 5 1/2 furlongs
3-year-olds & older

Winner -- D E Lover (6 G, So Long Birdie-Alicita My Love by Birdonthewire)
Owners -- Tony E. Sedillo and Leroy Martinez
Breeder -- Double Eagle Ranch
Trainer -- Tony Sedillo
Jockey -- J. Martin Bourdieu
Winning Time -- 1:03.10
Winning Margin -- 1 length
Odds -- 3-1
Also ran -- Stormin The Jewels (4-5 favorite), Golly Gee, Storm Dust, Forger, E Bar Gold, Lonnie Ton.


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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