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Farris Memorial Kicks Off Zia Weekend

Four-time stakes winner Block N Tackle headlines Friday feature at Ruidoso Downs.

July 21, 2013

Carolyn and Ralph Fales’ Block N Tackle, a two-time derby winner last year, makes his 2013 debut in the Don Farris Memorial over 300 yards on Friday afternoon and is a prologue to Zia Festival weekend at Ruidoso Downs.

The Farris runs as the sixth race on the nine-race program. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission.

Farris, who was born and lived in Lincoln County, New Mexico, is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame and trained numerous champions and stakes winners, most notably champion Denim N Diamonds. She won 25 of 35 starts is also enshrined in the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame. A grandson of Denim N Diamonds, An Absolut Diamond, is the fastest qualifier to Sunday’s Zia Derby (RG3).

Zia Festival weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday with the grandstand filled with vendors offering New Mexico-based wares and art. The racing hits the zenith on Sunday when the stakes filled card for New Mexico-breds offers more than $1 million in purses.

Block N Tackle comes into the Farris with nine wins and 13 on-the-board efforts from 14 starts. The Matt Fales-trained and -bred gelding won the Rocky Mountain Derby and the AQRA Turf Paradise Derby by daylight last year and was second by a head in the Mile High Derby. The Tac It Like A Man gelding won the 2011 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity and Desert Classic Futurity (RG3).

Fales has named Jorge Martin Bourdieu to ride Block N Tackle with the eighth post position in the full 10-horse field.

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