Strong Championship on Land of Enchantment Day

Top horses line up at Zia Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Perhaps the deepest field of older horses in the 10-year history of Zia Park, topped by All American Gold Cup (G1) winner DM Streakn Thru Fire and Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) winner Stimulus, goes to the gate in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on Wednesday at Zia Park.

The 440-yard Zia Park Championship is the top Quarter Horse race during Land of Enchantment Day at the Hobbs, New Mexico track. Also on the card is the $140,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Fillies And Mares Championship for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares.

DM Streakn Thru Fire and Stimulus will each be saddled by Justin Joiner.

Owned by Richard Sturdevant, Terry Wootan and Joe David Yates, DM Streakn Thru Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Sashay N Six by Sixarun) defends his 2013 win in the Zia Park Championship and comes off a victory in the $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

A year ago, DM Streakn Thru Fire won the Zia Park Championship at 27-1 odds by a neck over Feature Mr Bojangles. The 6-year-old gelding has proven to be an upset specialist. He did not win again until he fought to a neck win in the All American Gold Cup at 26-1 odds on August 30, his most recent start.

In his start after last year’s Zia Park Championship, DM Streakn Thru Fire finished third in the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

Jerry Windham’s homebred Stimulus (Mr Jess Perry-Veva Jean by Runaway Winner) makes his first start after the most important victory of his career.

A half brother to world champion Stolis Winner and Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Trendi, Stimulus dominated the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) by two lengths at Prairie Meadows on October 18. Two starts ago, he qualified for the Bank of America Challenge Championship with a head win in the $77,120 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge (G2).

Stimulus has four wins and a pair of seconds from seven starts this year. Lifetime, the gelding has raced to six wins, three seconds and a pair of thirds from 13 starts.

Owned by R.D. Hubbard, William Maher, Tom Maher and Johnny Cope, Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) won the $175,121 Hobbs America Derby (G3) over the Zia Park track in his latest effort. He won by 1 1/2 lengths as the 1-2 favorite and was timed in a fast :21.222 for the 440 yards.

The Jason Olmstead-trained colt was the fastest qualifier to the Hobbs America Derby when he won his trial by three quarters of a length in :21.268.

The winner of four of seven starts at a quarter mile, Hes Relentless was third in the $1,049,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs last summer.

Melvin Neugebauer’s homebred 10-year-old Miracle Snow (Dean Miracle-Snow Peak by Chicks Beduino) takes on open horses after a stellar year racing against New Mexico-breds. He won three consecutive stakes races as the favorite before running fourth in the $170,480 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Cup Championship (RG1) as the 3-1 favorite.

Miracle Snow is making his 59th career start and has 17 wins, 10 seconds and 11 thirds while earning $725,451.

In the New Mexico Fillies And Mares Championship at 400 yards, Bobby Simmons’ Foxy Moonflash (First Moonflash-Diamonds N Rainbows by Rabbits Rainbow) shoots for her third straight win and fourth win in her latest five starts. Her only defeat was when she was a troubled second in the $139,943 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs last summer. 

Foxy Moonflash stepped up for trainer Sleepy Gilbreath in her latest effort when she sped to a one-half-length win in the $207,482 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) at Zia Park. She was the fastest qualifier to the New Mexico Classic Derby with a :21.840 time for 440 yards while facing a stiff headwind.

Jill Giles’ homebred Penny Snatchin (Gone To The Mountain-Himaintenancegal by Dean Miracle) makes her first appearance since winning the $60,000 Pelican Stakes over state-bred distaffers back in August. She easily won by three quarters of a length. Her other win from six 2014 starts came in the $45,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Handicap (RG2) at SunRay Park back in June.

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