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Planet Holland returns, Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Zia

November 1, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

HOBBS, N.M. (Oct. 30, 2006) – The action will be hot on the track with world-record holder Planet Holland in the $60,000 Lovington Stakes and from Churchill Downs through simulcasting with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Saturday at Zia Park.

The simulcasting menu from Churchill Downs starts with the Kentucky track’s first race, the Ack Ack Mile, with a 9:15 a.m. post time. The first Breeders’ Cup stakes, the Juvenile Fillies, has a 10:30 a.m. post time.

First post time for the live racing at Zia Park is 12:15 p.m. with free parking and free grandstand admission.

The Breeders' Cup World Championships are the single richest day of Thoroughbred racing in North America. Eight championship races with more than $20 million in purses and awards are contested, culminating in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

The probable favorite for the 1-1/4 mile Breeders’ Cup Classic is Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini, winner of six of seven 2006 starts. The second-choice will likely be California invader Lava Man, a perfect seven-for-seven with $2.7 million in earnings in 2006.

While the premier Thoroughbreds are racing at Churchill Downs, one of the most heralded Quarter Horses of recent years, Planet Holland, races at Zia Park in the 400-yard Lovington Stakes.

Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny T.L. Jones and Butch Holmes, Planet Holland is two-for-two in 2006 with a world-record win in the Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs and a total domination of the James Isaac Hobbs Stakes on opening weekend at Zia Park.

The 5-year-old Planet Holland, trained by Paul Jones, set the 350-yard world record of 17.006 for 350 yards when he cruised to a 1-length victory over the highly regarded rivals Fast Talkin Val and 440-yard world-record holder A Long Goodbye. It was the same story in the Hobbs when Planet Holland easily handled his competition by one length with a :17.40 time for the 350 yards.

Careerwise, Planet Holland has won 12 of 27 starts and has earned nearly $800,000.

Regular rider Freddie Martinez will be aboard Planet Holland with the outside post position in the 8-horse field.

J&L Stables’ Desirio came back from a year-long layoff to finish fifth in the Hobbs behind Planet Holland. He then took a big step forward when he came back to easily win a Zia Park allowance race for trainer Carl Draper. In that Oct. 17 race he won by two lengths in :17.83 for 350 yards.

Desirio has the sixth post position with Bonifacio Perez riding.