Zoomin Racer Headlines AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge

The 5-year-old gelding draws post 4 for Sunday's $40,000-added stakes.

Press release

Jesus Carrete's Zoomin Racer, pictured here winning his trial on July 13, drew post 4 for Sunday's AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

A field of 10, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in Sunday's 870-yard, $40,000-added AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3).

Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, set the fastest qualifying time (:44.23) with his two-length victory as the 4-5 favorite in the first of two trials on July 13. Zoomin Racer has won seven of 19 starts, including last year’s 870-yard, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, and he has earned $136,582, of which $124,175 has come from 10 races at the 870 distance.

Zoomin Racer drew post 4 and will be ridden by Jansen Melancon. His opponents include defending champion Rock A Billy, a homebred 5-year-old gelding who scored a 1 1/4-length victory in this race last year for owner Rockin J Running Horses and trainer Tammy Johnson. Rock A Billy drew post 7 and will be ridden by Martin Felix.

The winner of the Albuquerque Distance Challenge will earn a berth in the November 17, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse near Los Angeles. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jess A Hilbily Bone (Alejandro Medellin), 8-1
Mahoney N Tacklebery (Isaias Enriquez), 7-2
El Chirrionero (Victor Escobar), 4-1
Zoomin Racer (Jansen Melancon), 5-2
Let There Be Sound (Benito Baca), 6-1
Fire Thorn (Edgar Martinez), 8-1
Rock A Billy (Martin Felix), 15-1
Madewell (Enrique Garcia), 12-1
AE-Alma The Younger (Alfredo Sigala), 20-1
AE-Rare Ed (Justine Klaiber), 20-1

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