Downs at ALB Hosts Big Weekend

New Mexico-breds star in weekend stakes.

Press Release

This weekend’s Lineage stakes races at The Downs at Albuquerque have attracted entries from 76 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.

Five stakes for Thoroughbreds -- all black-type races -- will be run on Saturday, followed by four black-type stakes for state-bred Quarter Horses on Sunday. All of the races both days, including the undercard races, will be restricted to New Mexico-breds. Post time for the first race each day will be 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

Eight of the nine stakes will offer $60,000 purses; Sunday’s 400-yard Lineage Quarter Horse Championship (RG3) will be worth $63,500 due to the presence of one supplemental entry, Jess Got Issues. A total of $543,500 in purses will be paid out during the two-day program, an increase of 63 percent over last year’s $333,000 for the same number of races.

Several of the Lineage races have undergone name changes -- for Quarter Horses, the name of the Hard Twist Stakes (R) has been changed to the First Moonflash Stakes (R), honoring the New Mexico-bred who was the champion aged stallion in 2009 and last year’s leading freshman sire; for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, the 870-yard John Augustine Stakes has been renamed the Lobo Championship.

SUNDAY -- RACE 6 (approximate post time, 4 MDT)
Purse, $60,000 -- 3-year-olds
400 yards

Regal Racing Stables LLC’s Heza Wild Dragon is one of 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in this race, named in honor of First Moonflash, a New Mexico-bred son of champion First To Flash and the sire of last year’s All American Futurity (G1) winner, champion Handsome Jack Flash.

The First Moonflash Stakes will mark Heza Wild Dragon’s first out away from Ruidoso Downs, where he won three of six races and banked $210,993. The multiple graded stakes placed gelding by Genuine Strawfly, who is trained by Umberto Belloc, is coming off of a third-place finish in the July 26, $139,493 Zia Derby (RG2).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments -- Kia Won (Sergio Becerra Jr., 119), Guess Who Drew (Omar Reyes, 119), Jet Version (Larry Gamez, 119), Heza Wild Dragon (G.R. Carter Jr., 122), Wager On Moonflash (J. Martin Bourdieu, 122), First Full Pocket (Tanner Thedford, 119), King Of Pop (Jaime Parga Leos, 119), Jess Sandy Jr (Esgar Ramirez, 122), SC Dustychampion (Jimmy Ray Coates, 119), and Sandia Fria (Albert Medrano, 119).

SUNDAY -- RACE 7 (approximate post time, 4:30 MDT)
Purse, $60,000 -- 3-year-old fillies
400 yards

Stakes winners Penny Snatchin and One Lethal Blaze are among the 10 sophomore fillies entered in this race.

A homebred Gone To The Mountain filly owned and trained by Jill Giles, Penny Snatchin has earned $72,858 from 11 outs, and her two victories include a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $45,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park on June 21.

One Lethal Blaze races for David G. Valdez from the barn of trainer Gene Burden. A sorrel daughter of the late Chicks A Blazin, the filly won the April 12, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments -- Express In (Benito Jude Baca, 122), Mess Can (Porfirio Cano, 119), AJ Hardwood (Tanner Thedford, 119), White Wine Glass (Larry Gamez, 119), One Lethal Blaze (Sergio Becerra Jr., 120), Penny Snatchin (J. Martin Bourdieu, 120), Sparkling Heart (Jose Luis Enriquez, 122), Miss Tessmocker (Luis Gutierrez Jr., 122), Swissle On (Mario Gutierrez, 119), My Memory Lane (Jaime Parga Leos, 119).

SUNDAY -- RACE 8 (approximate post time, 5 MDT)
Purse, $60,000 -- 3-year-olds & older
870 yards

Beau Wizer (TB) puts his four-race win streak on the line in this 870-yard test. A 6-year-old gelding by Premeditation, Beau Wizer races for MCM Racing LLC and is trained by Weston Martin.

Beau Wizer has won eight of 40 starts, including all three of his outs at the 870 trip, and he has earned $323,746. The gelding is coming off of a 1 1/2-length victory in the July 26, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments -- Thunder Stric Again (Adam Martinez, 121), Storm Chasor (Dusty Shepherd, 121), El Gato Azul (Enrique Garcia, 122), Vicente Y Su Corona (Jose Luis Enriquez, 121), Beau Wizer (Casey Lambert, 122), Super Quintons (Esgar Ramirez, 124), D E Wagons Strawfly (Brian Theriot, 124), and KC Royal Flush (J. Martin Bourdieu, 121).

SUNDAY -- RACE 9 (approximate post time, 5:30 MDT)
Purse, $63,500 -- 3-year-olds & older
400 yards

Miracle Snow, a homebred 10-year-old gelding owned by Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, drew post 4 as he seeks his third consecutive victory.

Trained by Wes Giles, Miracle Snow was a prompt 2-1 favorite in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Championship (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs. All told, the gelding has won 16 of 56 starts -- including seven stakes -- and he has banked $680,111 while racing exclusively in New Mexico.

Remarkably, Miracle Snow will be making his seventh consecutive start in the Lineage Championship; he won this race 2012 and 2010.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments -- Rex Hill (Esgar Ramirez, 124), Cinco Menudos (Francisco Giles, 124), My Big Chief (Alejandro Medellin, 121), Miracle Snow (J. Martin Bourdieu, 123), Jess Got Issues (Jaime Parga Leos, 121), You Sexy Fame (Mario Gutierrez, 121), Outlaw Ducky (Larry Gamez, 124), Osbaldo (Albert Medrano, 121), Klassic Strawfly (Sergio Becerra Jr., 121), and Jess Rueben James (Jose Luis Enriquez, 121).

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