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Gonna Cha Cha Heads NM Cup

Gonna Cha Cha heads New Mexico Classic Futurity.

October 25, 2012

Zia Futurity (RG1) and All American Juvenile (R) winner Gonna Cha Cha looks to solidify his position as the top New Mexico-bred juvenile when he heads the $293,350 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) on Sunday at Zia Park.

The 400-yard New Mexico Classic Futurity boasts the highest purse during the program filled with stakes for New Mexico-breds.

Owned by Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez and Debra Laney of Anthony, New Mexico, Gonna Cha Cha (Gonna Ro Sham Bo-Domeinitchy (TB) by Dome) sports five wins and a second in his All American Futurity (G1) trial from six career starts. The gelding won the Zia Futurity (RG1) by a head and the All American Juvenile by a neck. Each of those races was at Ruidoso Downs.

Gonna Cha Cha, trained by Juan Gonzalez, earned his spot in the New Mexico Classic Futurity by surging in the final strides of his trial to win by a neck with the second-fastest time of :19.911 for 400 yards.

Topping the qualifiers was Shirley Burelsmith’s homebred Es Dove (Jesse James Jr-Smart Alibi Lady by Zevi (TB)) with a :19.885 time while winning the last of seven trials by a half length. The Emmitt Burelsmith-trained gelding scored his other career win when he took his Zia Futurity trial and qualified for the Zia Futurity.

In the $208,321 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2), Maria Gonzalez’s Cute N Famous (Dash Ta Fame-Cute N Rimen by Major Rime) finished in a dead heat with David and Ross Hinkin’s Fysta (Gonna Ro Sham Bo-Decadent Darlin by Merridoc) and they share the fastest-qualifying time of :21.663 for 440 yards.

Cute N Famous makes his stakes debut after breaking his maiden two starts ago for trainer J.R. Gonzalez Sr.

Fysta has raced in four stakes with a close second-place run in last year’s New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) for trainer Wes Giles.

In the $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic over 440 yards, J & M Racing & Farm’s Call Me A Blazn Chic (Chicks A Blazin-Willie Call Me by Calyx) will be tested as she is the only filly in the field. She has won her latest two starts, including the Pelican Stakes (RG3) two starts ago by a neck. The Jaime Dominguez-trained filly won last year’s Zia Futurity (RG1) and New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2).

Call Me A Blazn Chic will be joined by stablemate Fury Of The Storm (Furyofthenwind-Bubbles Bunny by Sail On Bunny) who in the October 14 trials made his first start since winning the Zia Derby (RG3) last summer at Ruidoso Downs. He has won each of his four starts, including three stakes, since finishing a close second in last year’s Shue Fly Stakes (RG2)  at Sunland Park.

In the $140,000 New Mexico Classic 870 Championship, Rolickin Red Partners’ Rollickin Red (Roll Hennesssy Roll (TB)-Deeheriess by Mr Jess Perry) should be favored to gain his seventh consecutive win. The Todd Fincher-trained gelding won the New Mexico Horse Breeders Handicap (R) two starts ago and then took the Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs last summer.