TF Cajun Cartel is Morning-Line Choice for Grade 2 Lovington Stakes

The Corona Cartel stallion is seeking his second graded stakes win of the season.

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TF Cajun Cartel, pictured here winning the April 23 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes at Remington Park, is one of 12 sprinters entered in Saturday's Lovington Stakes at Zia Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

TF Cajun Cartel, a graded stakes winning 4-year-old Corona Cartel stallion racing for the Cajun Partnership, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 400-yard, $50,000 Lovington Stakes (G2) at Zia Park.

TF Cajun Cartel will be making his first start since September 4, when he ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind winner Zoomin Effortlessly, in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding’s season resume includes a one-length victory in the 300-yard, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) at Remington Park on April 23.

TF Cajun Cartel drew post 5 and will be ridden by Ruben Calderon for trainer Fernando Carrete.

Other contenders include Bp Hit The Bigtime, a 5-year-old Cartel Success gelding trained by Joaquin Lopez for Top Roustabouts and Backhoe Service. The winner of last year’s Lovington Stakes, Bp Hit The Bigtime made his season debut with a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Toshi Yoshi, in the 350-yard, $50,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G3) on September 18.

Bp Hit The Bigtime drew post 6 and will be ridden by Jesse Levario.

The Lovington Stakes is the major local prep for the 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship (G1), which will be run on November 23. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Sprinster (Esgar Ramirez), 8-1
Significant Runner (Raul Herrera), 15-1
Roman Soldier Cd (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 12-1
Carters Last Straw (Adrian Ramos), 10-1
TF Cajun Cartel (Ruben Calderon), 3-1
Bp Hit The Bigtime (Jesse Levario), 4-1
Six Episodes (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 6-1
Fine Oak Corona (L. Salvador Martinez), 20-1
Alis Jumpn (Jose Enriquez), 5-1
Memphis D Nasty (J.R. Valenzuela), 30-1
Pickled On Corona (Edwuin Lujan), 20-1
Easily A Bono (Jose Enriquez), 20-1

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