Distaffers Vie in Lubbock Stakes

Zia Park hosts distaffers, distance runners.

Q-Racing Journal

Zia Park hosts two big stakes this weekend.

A full gate of distaffers is set for battle in the $55,000 Lubbock Stakes (G3) at Zia Park on Saturday.


The early favorite is This Candys Awesome, the daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon, who has been worse than second only once since March 2014. The homebred races for the All American Futurity (G1)-winning connections the Estate of Carl Pevehouse, jockey Ivan Carnero and trainer Clint Crawford. The mare got her year going with a game second in the Mighty Deck Three Stakes (R) at Remington Park, followed by victories in the Decketta Stakes (G3) and Easy Date Handicap. She then was victorious at Ruidoso Downs over an open field in the Higheasterjet Handicap (G3), and most recently was second in the Balloon City Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque. This Candys Awesome is the older half sister to All American Futurity (G1) winner Jess Good Candy; both are out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Send Candy.


She will face her victorious Balloon City rival, Alis Jumpn, in the Lubbock. Alis Jumpn is owned by Eloy Humberto Pena and looks for her second consecutive stakes win. She hasn’t been worse than second in five starts this year, all in New Mexico. The Texas-bred mare was bred by Don Apodaca and is by Jumpn and out of the First On The Red mare Gloria In Red.


One Famous Swinger enters the Lubbock off a sharp victory in the $55,000 O.B. Cockerell Handicap on September 13. The Bird Ranch-bred, Juvenal Sanchez-owned mare has won half of her six 2015 starts. The One Famous Eagle mare is out of the Corona Cartel mare Swingin Cartel.


On Sunday, Zia hosts the $55,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes for distance runners.


The race is filled with familiar veterans.


Sherree Meridyth’s Executive Trust comes into the race off an impressive victory in the August 9 Master Salls Handicap, one in which he ran five-wide before getting up in the final jumps to win by a neck. In the Herman Jefferson, he will be ridden by Ruby Gonzalez for trainer Guadal Munoz Jr. The Executive Menace gelding out of the Relagate (TB) mare Entrust has crossed the line first or second in his seven most recent starts (although he was disqualified for interference in one of those starts).


Champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. will ride his father’s Painted Josy, who is looking for a third stakes victory on the year. The family-bred PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding won the Zoetis Remington Distance Challenge (G3) and Expo Square Stakes, and then was second by a head in the Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R), despite a rough trip.


Stakes winner An Absolut Diamond recently stretched out to the 870 distance, with a victory in the $85,000 Challenger Six Handicap (R) in December to show for it. Most recently he finished second in the Zia 870 Championship in July for his ownership partnership of Farris/Jungers/McMinn.

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