Zoomin Effortlessly Dominates $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship

The 440-yard race was one of three Quarter Horse stakes run at Albuquerque Downs on Sunday.

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Zoomin Effortlessly was a prompt odds-on favorite in Sunday's 440-yard, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Quarter Horse Championship. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Zoomin Effortlessly, a multiple Grade 1 winning 5-year-old gelding racing for Telesforo Perrett of Houston, Texas, sprinted to a convincing 2 1/4-length victory in Sunday’s 440-yard, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Quarter Horse Championship, one of four stakes races run at Albuquerque Downs on Sunday.

Saddled by Edelmiro Carrizales and ridden by the trainer’s brother, Santos Carrizales, Zoomin Effortlessly covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.037 and posted a 110 speed index. The $137,500 winner’s share of the purse from the gelding’s fourth win in five outs this season pushed his bankroll to $563,565, of which $440,164 has been earned this season.

Zoomin Effortlessly was nominated to next week’s 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park near Dallas, a race that he won last year. However, his owner and trainer made the decision to pass that race and run in the Albuquerque race because of the higher purse.

“We mostly race on the Texas circuit, but if a horse is good enough we’re going to give him a chance to race for the big money, “ Edelmiro Carrzales said. “That is what we did with this horse in this race.”

Zoomin Effortlessly was just three weeks removed from a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on September 4. The gelding’s trainer said that Zoomin Effortlessly will be pointed to the 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on November 23.

“I think this horse might even be a little better at the 550-yard distance, but he’s done well at 440, so I think we’ll keep him at this distance and keep him in New Mexico,” Carrizales added.

Zoomin Effortlessly was bred in Texas by Tommy Charbula. He has won 15 of 23 races, including nine of his last 10, and his eight lifetime stakes wins include the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on January 3, and the 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G3) at Remington Park on April 2.

Fly Thru The Fire finished second and was followed by TF Cajun Cartel, Alis Jumpn, JM Miracle, GRC Justplainazoom, Osbaldo, Clear Winn, Glock, and Bringin The Gray.

La Fiesta Futurity: JM Country Man
Ninth-fastest qualifier JM Country Man broke his maiden in Sunday’s inaugural running of the La Fiesta Futurity for 2-year-olds.

Longshot JM Country Man wins
Sunday's La Fiesta Futurity.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Owned by Javier Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, JM Country Man went 400 yards in :19.650 while scoring his first win in first win in five races. Jose Luis Enriquez rode the sorrel son of champion Mr Jess Perry for trainer Shae Cox.

JM Country Man was bred in Arkansas by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC. The gelding is one of the first starters produced by Sumokin, a 7-year-old daughter of champion Country Chicks Man who won the 2011 Black Gold Futurity Championship (G3) at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma.

The $112,279 winner’s share of the $224,558 La Fiesta Futurity purse pushed JM Country Man’s earnings to $113,339.

Kitty Kiernan ran second, one length behind JM Country Man. Just A Little Wagon, Dash Ta Desirio, Rebelious, fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite Machismo Moon, BF Chasing Foose, O What A Night, Toretto, and A Fancy La Jolla completed the order of finish.

New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby (RG3): Princess Jesse

Princess Jesse, a homebred filly by Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, parlayed a sharp break from post 4 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Alfredo Sigala and sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in the full field of 10, Princess Jesse defeated Carson City Girl by 1 1/4 lengths in :19.624. The $85,535 winner’s share of the purse from the filly’s third graded stakes win this season pushed her career earnings to $246,535, of which $200,375 has been earned this year.

Vance Mikkelson's Princess
Jesse went wire-to-wire in
Sunday's New Mexico State Fair
Breeders' Derby. PHOTO: Coady

Princess Jesse has been the top New Mexico-bred 3-year-old filly this season, as she has scored victories in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park in April, and against older state-bred sprinters in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Championship at Ruidoso Downs on July 31.

Supplemented to the September 11 State Fair Breeders’ Derby trials for $12,500, Princess Jesse scored a one-length victory in the first of two heats and posted the fastest qualifying time.

“We didn’t nominate her to this race and make the continuing payments, so we had to supplement her, but by the time the supplemental fee was due she had proven herself as a stakes horse,” Mikkelson said. “We didn’t have any question about her talent.

“But early on we did have a lot of questions about whether or not to nominate her,” he added. “We knew there were going to be a lot of good ones pointing to this race because there always are when the purse money is there.”

Princess Jesse has raced exclusively in New Mexico. All told, the filly has won six of 12 outs, including four of seven this season.

JJ Jessies Girl finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Princess Jesse, and was followed by Sweet Splenda, Chickaloni, First Note Medley, First Moon Fire, Jameson Jr, Wahoo Raider, and Luvthem Blazinchicks.

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