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Bullions N Garters makes State debut in $60,000 Lubbock Stakes at Zia Park


October 3, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

HOBBS, N.M. (October 2, 2006) – The Jim Gubas-owned and -trained Bullions N Garters brings a national reputation for remarkable consistency to Zia Park when she makes her New Mexico debut in the $60,000 Lubbock Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

The 400-yard Lubbock Stakes for fillies and mares will be held as the 10th race on the 11-race program. First post time is 1:15 p.m. with free parking and free grandstand admission.

Bullions N Garters has built her impressive resume by never finishing below third place in 26 career starts while accumulating 17 wins, three seconds and six thirds. All of her races have been in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Iowa. The 5-year-old mare has earned $268,886 without the benefit of a futurity win –the largest Quarter Horse purses – and only one derby win, and that was in a minor derby at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

That Altoona Derby win in 2004 started a current streak in which Bullions N Garters has raced in 14 stakes races in 15 starts. During this streak she has raced to eight stakes wins and been favored 13 times, including being the odds-on favorite in six races.

In 2006, Bullions N Garters continues her sharp form with three stakes wins from six starts. In her most recent effort she was caught at the wire to finish second by a nose in the Grade 3 Two Rivers Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Quarter Horse racing’s time-defying jockey Roy Brooks, 65, will be aboard Bullions N Garters as he has for her latest 16 races and 18 of her career starts. At an age when many people retire and collect Social Security, Brooks is winning against his much younger rivals. This year he has ridden in 403 races and been to the winner’s circle 55 times while his mounts have earned over $750,000. He is ranked 26th nationally in races won and 27th nationally in money earned by his mounts.

Bullions N Garters and Brooks will start from the fourth post position in the full field of 10 fillies and mares.

The 3-year-old Striking Bully brings her own consistent record into the Lubbock Stakes. She has finished on the board in eight of nine starts, including four wins. The Abraham Jaquez-trained filly faced older mares in her most recent start and responded with a 3/4-length as the odds-on favorite in the Buttons And Bows Handicap during the New Mexico State Fair

Arnoldo Carillo’s Striking Bully has the ninth post position and Johnny Maldonado will be the jockey.

The Carlos Sedillo-trained Eye Am Forever Yours, a sophomore filly owned by Market Demand Farms, is stepping up in class off five allowance wins and a close second in the Animas Handicap from six 2006 starts. In her most recent race she defeated females in an allowance race during the New Mexico State Fair.

Eye Am Forever Yours starts from the outside position and Mark Villa rides.