Zia Cancels Saturday, Alters Sunday's Race Distances
New Mexico track will run all Quarter Horse races at 400 yards on Sunday.
September 7, 2014
With Zia Park’s racing surface affected by storms in Hobbs, New Mexico, that caused the track to cancel most of Saturday’s opening day card, there will be uniform distances for some of the American Quarter Horse and all of the Thoroughbred races on Sunday. The first three Quarter Horses, races one through three, will all take place at 400 yards. The final two Quarter Horse races will take place at 350 yards as originally scheduled.
"Tony Martinez, our track superintendent, and his crew have done a tremendous job getting our track in racing condition after the storms," said Zia Park Director of Racing Operations Fred Hutton. "Tony said he will be able to move the starting gate to 350 yards for the final two races."
The seven Thoroughbred races—races four through 10—will be run at 5 1/2 furlongs. The racetrack condition is muddy.
“The decision was made in collaboration with our horsemen, New Mexico racing officials and track workers in order to ensure the safety of our races as we deal with the aftermath of the flash floods in Hobbs on our track,” said Hutton. “We will not have to move the starting gate for each breed’s races.”
First post time is at 12:15 p.m. Mountain. The feature race, the $75,000 Premiere Cup Handicap for Thoroughbreds originally scheduled for six furlongs, will now be 5 1/2 furlongs.
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