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Zia Festival Highlights Ruidoso Weekend

Zia Futurity anchors New Mexico-bred event.

Press Release
July 20, 2014

Terry and Irene Stennett’s fastest-qualifier De Loach heads the $392,253 Zia Futurity (RG1), the richest race during the two-day Zia Festival, on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The Zia Festival starts on Saturday. The Zia Festival honors New Mexico-bred racing and also offers New Mexican and Southwestern arts and crafts in booths throughout the grandstand. First post time is 1 p.m. with the booths open several hours before the first race.

De Loach, one of four qualifiers bred by MJ Farms, raced to a three-quarter-length trial win and his time of :19.471 for 400 yards was the top mark from 10 trials. The Blane Wood-trained gelding raced to his second win from four starts.

Another MJ Farms-bred qualifier, Tuscan Redd, came through with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.510 for trainer Jackie Riddle. He raced to his first win in his fourth start with the trial victory.

In the 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) on Saturday, Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s homebred Mighty Moonflash set a high standard in the first of four Zia Derby trials when he raced 400 yards in :19.465 and that time stood up as the quickest mark. The Ross Amestoy-trained gelding by First Moonflash won his maiden in his previous start at Ruidoso Downs.

In the Zia Handicap (RG2), Melvin Neugebauer’s ageless 10-year-old Miracle Snow defends his 2013 Zia Handicap win while carrying high weight of 125 pounds. The Wes Giles-trained veteran of 55 starts comes of a three-quarter-length win in the $45,000 Jim Drake Stakes at SunRay Park.

In the Zia 870 Championship (R), MCM Racing’s Thoroughbred Beau Wizer is after his third-straight win over 870 yards at Ruidoso Downs, each in allowance races. He came from off the pace in each race to win by four-and-one-half lengths and then two lengths.

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