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Lismore gets Black Gold Casino win at Zia Park


November 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hobbs, NM (Nov. 26, 2006) – The versatile Thoroughbred Lismore took advantage of a ground-saving trip from the inside post position to win the $75,000 Black Gold Casino Stakes at the rarely run distance of 1,000 yards on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

Jockey Salvador Martinez rode Lismore over the 1,000 yards in :53.24 to prevail over five Thoroughbreds and four Quarter Horses.

Lismore broke alertly and was able to sprint to a striking position inside of pacesetter Sweepingly, a Thoroughbred who broke on top after being fractious in the starting gate. The Quarter Horse Tricky Dust, the 2-1 favorite, broke slowly from the ninth post position and jockey Freddie Martinez had to hustle the winner of last year’s Black Gold Casino Stakes around most of the field to gain a competitive position.

Lismore put away Sweepingly entering the stretch and pulled out to a 3-3/4 length victory, Sweepingly maintained second place by a length over Tricky Dust.

The Carlos Alvidrez-trained Lismore was returning to a dirt track after five straight 5-furlong sprints on the grass at three different tracks. He started his streak of turf races with back-to-back wins in allowance races at Lone Star Park. He came to Zia Park from Louisiana Downs after finishing second in the $100,000 Total Rewards Breeders’ Cup Stakes when he gained the lead and was caught to lose by a head.

Lismore will now probably point to races this winter at Sunland Park, according to owner Enrique Mata.

Dismissed at 7-2 odds, Lismore rewarded his backers with $9.00, $5.20 and $3.80. Sweepingly, the 3-1 second choice, returned $5.20 and $4.20 while Tricky Dust paid $3.40. The $2 exacta paid $60.40 and the $2 trifecta returned $194.40.