Field Set for July 29, $52,000-est. AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge

Zoomin Racer sets the fastest qualifying time on Friday.

Press release

Jesus J. Carrete's Zoomin Racer was all alone at the wire in the first of two AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge trials. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jesus J. Carrete of Albuquerque, is the fastest qualifier to the July 29, $52,000-est. AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes.

Ridden by Jansen Melancon and sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, Zoomin Racer won the first of two 870-yards by two lengths from third-fastest qualifier Let There Be Sound in :44.233. The Texas-bred gelding was posting his seventh win in 19 races and pushing his lifetime earnings to $136,582.

Zoomin Racer was bred by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas. The gelding was making his first start since June 2, when he ran second in the 870-yard, $50,000 Remington Distance Championship (G2) at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Ben Peterson’s Mahoney N Tacklebery, the second-fastest qualifier, won the second trial by three-quarters of a length in :44.532. Isaias Enriquez rode the homebred 4-year-old gelding for trainer Todd Fincher.

Other prominent finalists include Rock A Billy, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Tammy Johnson for Rockin J Running Horses. Rock A Billy has won two stakes, including last year’s AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge final.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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