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Zia stakes winners meet invader in Zia Park Derby


December 4, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!


Hobbs, NM - (Dec. 4, 2006) – Majestic Stream and Matchstick Man, each stakes winners during the Zia Park season, put winning streaks on the line when they are challenged by two-time derby winner More Than Regal in the $150,000 Zia Park Derby at 1-1/16 miles on Saturday afternoon at the Hobbs track.

The Saturday afternoon program starts the final week of the second season at Zia Park. Racing runs through Tuesday afternoon with a 12:15 p.m. first post time daily.

The Zia Park Derby runs as the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race program.

Sunday offers a strong stakes doubleheader with the $200,000 Zia Park Distance Championship for Thoroughbreds and the $200,000 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship.

The Clyde Veltmann-owned and trained Majestic Stream has won each of his three starts at Zia Park while stepping up in class for each out. The three-race winning streak was capped by an impressive win in the Veterans Stakes when he led from gate to wire to win by more than nine lengths. He covered the 1-1/16 miles, the same distance as the Zia Derby, in 1:47 4/5.

Majestic Stream gained attention at Ruidoso Downs last summer when he broke his maiden in the Ruidoso Mile to become a winner and a stakes winner at the same time.

A son of leading sire and Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Majestic Stream then took on top three-year-old competition when he traveled to Louisiana Downs to run in the Grade 2 Super Derby and finished fifth behind Strong Contender and Lawyer Ron.

Chris Zamora, who did a masterful job rating Majestic Stream in the Veterans Stakes, will be aboard the colt when they start from the sixth post position in the 8-horse field.

Double Kee’s Matchstick Man will be taking on open company after defeating New Mexico-breds in his two most recent starts, including a win in the New Mexico Cup Colts and Geldings Stakes on Nov. 12. The O. Dwain Grissom-trained gelding found racing room in the stretch to get up and win the New Mexico Cup Colts and Geldings Stakes by three quarters of a length as the 8-5 favorite.

Matchstick Man has earned $267,208 in his 15-race career with $141,490 of that total coming at Zia Park. He has three wins and a third in his four starts at Zia Park.

Regular rider Duane Sterling will be up on Matchstick Man with the seventh post position.

Trainer Scott Blasi is bringing More Than Regal to Zia Park for the derby following a second in the $273,000 Oklahoma Derby on Oct. 20. The $300,000 yearling purchase rallied to cross the finish line in third place, but was awarded second after a disqualification.

More Than Regal was on the Kentucky Derby trail this spring when he finished fourth in the Grade 2 Lanes End Stakes and fifth in the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes. He then found winner’s circle at Prairie Meadows after derbies when he won the $250,000 Iowa Derby and the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby.

An earner of $448,531, More Than Regal drew the third post position and Roman Chapa will be the jockey.