Cobalt Creek is Morning-Line Favorite in Lovington Stakes

The Grade 1 winner heads a field of 11 in Sunday's feature at Zia Park.

Cobalt Creek, pictured here winning the October 7 Refrigerator Handicap, heads a field of 11 aged runners entered in Sunday's Lovington Stakes at Zia Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Cobalt Creek, a Grade 1-winning 5-year-old son of Walk Thru Fire owned by VWP Jr Inc., is the 7-2 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $50,000 Lovington Stakes (G2) at Zia Park.

Cobalt Creek ships in from Texas, where the sorrel gelding scored a neck victory in the 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park on October 7. Cobalt Creek drew post 8 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer John Stinebaugh.

Other contenders include Bujanda Racing Stables’ Once Over, an 8-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding trained by Jose Luis Marquez. Once Over will be stretching out in distance off of his neck win in the 350-yard, $50,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G3) at Zia Park on September 17.

Once Over drew post 4 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Rarin (Roberto Meraz Jr.), 9-2
Don Quixote (Jose Ortiz), 8-1
Wager On A Moon (Jose Luis Enriquez), 12-1
Once Over (Raul Herrera), 4-1
Karls Motor Boat (Mauro Salcedo), 10-1
Jess Burnin (Salvador Martinez), 10-1
TF Im That Guy (Alejandro Medellin), 6-1
Cobalt Creek (Ricky Ramirez), 7-2
Prospects Smashing (Roberto Valero), 15-1
De La Eagle (Tanner Thedford), 10-1
AE-Hailofadasher (Adrian Ramos), 15-1

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