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Kind Hearted Joe intrigues in Saturday Zia Park feature

November 14, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hobbs, NM (Nov. 13, 2006) – Joe and Roberta Duarte’s Kind Hearted Joe, with two wins and a second in his latest three starts, tries to continue his hot streak in an intriguing mix of Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds racing 870 yards in the $27,200 featured 10th race on Saturday afternoon at Zia Park.

First post time for the 11-race program is 12:15 p.m. with free parking and free grandstand admission. Racing runs on a Saturday through Tuesday schedule at Zia Park through Dec. 12.

Kind Hearted Joe, trained by David Wolochuck, found his racing niche when he changed from straightaway races to 870-yard races three starts ago. The Quarter Horse broke his maiden in his first start around the turn on Aug. 5 at SunRay Park and returned at The Downs at Albuquerque to win by more than six lengths. He was the strong favorite for each of those wins.

In his most recent start, Kind Hearted Joe took a step up in class to the level of Saturday’s feature and rallied to finish second at 9-5 odds at Zia Park.

Kind Hearted Joe drew the seventh post position in the 8-horse field and Jake Barton will be aboard the sophomore gelding for the first time.

The Thoroughbred Bachelor Of Arts started his racing career in his native Great Britain and has posted each of his two career wins on the turf, including breaking his maiden in England. In his most recent effort he held on for a nose win in a 5-furlong allowance race on the turf at Arlington Park near Chicago.

The 5-year-old Bachelor Of Arts has finished on the board in three of five 2006 starts.

Jess Braveheart, a Pat Swan-trained Quarter Horse, will try to rebound from a fifth-place finish as the 5-2 favorite in a 550-yard race at Zia Park on Oct. 8. Two starts ago he won a stretch duel over 870-yards at Prairie Meadows for his second win from seven starts this year.

Esgar Ramirez rides Jess Braveheart, who figures to show early speed from the second post position.