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Marianne Rose, Lunar Lady meet in Permian Basin Stakes Sunday


October 19, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

HOBBS, N.M. (Oct. 18, 2006) – Marianne Rose and Lunarlady make their local debuts when they each come off stakes wins to meet in the $60,000 Permian Basin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

The 6-furlong Permian Basin Stakes will be the 10th race on the 11-race program. First post time is 1:15 p.m. with free parking and free grandstand admission.

The final showdown in the Top Dog Challenge is Sunday afternoon with the top-qualifying ‘weiner dog’ meeting the fastest Chihuahua from the qualifying races for each breed contested on Saturday.

Marianne Rose and Lunarlady arrived at Zia Park from opposite directions. Marianne Rose comes off a win in the Bustles And Bows Handicap during the Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex Park and Lunarlady won the Prairie Meadows Debutante in her latest start.

John and Marianne Becker’s Marianne Rose, trained by Richard Wright, should be favored to score her third-straight win after taking the Lassie Handicap at Hastings Racecourse in British Columbia and then traveling to Southern California to win the Bustles And Bows Handicap. Each of those stakes wins were against juvenile fillies at 6-1/2 furlongs. She secured each win as the short-priced favorite by prevailing in the final furlong over her juvenile-filly rivals.

Glen Corbett will be aboard Marianne Rose for the first time when they start from the outside post position in the 8-filly field.

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Lunarlady, trained by Scott Blasi, rallied to win the Prairie Meadows Debutante by three-quarters-of-a-length as a 23-1 longshot. She raced the six furlongs in 1:11 for her second win from six career starts.

Lunarlady drew the sixth post position and will have Casey Lambert riding.

Sis Got Game is taking a step up in class for the Permian Basin after two daylight wins at Retama Park. She broke her maiden on Sept. 1 and returned to take a conditioned allowance race. Each of those wins came at six furlongs as the odds-on favorite.