Zia Park to Open Meet Sept. 6
Zia Park to host 56-day meet this fall.
February 25, 2014
Zia Park Racetrack & Casino has released its stakes schedule for its 10th season of live racing beginning on September 6. The 56-day meet will be highlighted by the second annual Land of Enchantment Day on November 26 and New Mexico Cup Day on October 26. Zia Park will host 33 stakes races in 2014 for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses with total purses of almost $4 million.
Land of Enchantment Day on Thanksgiving Eve will feature seven stakes races worth a total of more than $1.1 million. The richest event of that afternoon will be the second running of the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, won by California invader Unusual Way in 2013. The card will also feature the $200,000 Zia Park Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the $150,000 Zia Park Championship for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, the $75,000 (up from $55,000) Zia Park Distaff for fillies and mares at 6 furlongs, and the $140,000 Eddy County Stakes for 2-year-old New Mexico breds at one mile. The afternoon will include two Quarter Horse races as well — the 440 yard, $150,000 Grade 1 Zia Park Championship and the 400-yard, $140,000 Restricted Grade 1 New Mexico Quarter Horse Fillies and Mares Championship.
The 2013 Land of Enchantment Day set a single-day handle record at Zia Park of $1.56 million. The Zia Park Oaks, Zia Park Derby, Zia Park Championship, and Zia Park Distaff will be the final races in the $5 million Penn Gaming Racing Challenge launched this year by parent company Penn National Gaming. Zia Park’s sister racetrack, Penn National, will also hold its Thanksgiving Eve Racing Festival stakes races on the same night as part of the challenge.
“We look forward to even bigger things this year based upon the success we had last year,” Zia Park Director of Racing Operations Fred Hutton said. “We were amazed by the reception from trainers from all over the country and even Canada getting on board for our big races and hope to continue to put Zia Park in the national spotlight.”
Zia Park will host the richest day of state-bred stakes races in the country on New Mexico Cup Day on October 26 with 12 stakes races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses totaling more than $2 million in purses.
Racing will take place at Zia Park Racetrack & Casino in 2014 from September 6 to December 2 on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, as well as all Wednesdays in November. Post time for the first race each day will be at 12:15 p.m.
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