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Get Down Perry shows class with Zia Park Feature victory


December 11, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hobbs, NM. (Dec. 11) – R.D. Hubbard and Jim Helzer’s Get Down Perry showed his Grade 1 class when handling a full field of older horses in the $27,200 featured third race on Monday afternoon at Zia Park.

Joe Martinez hustled Get Down Perry, the 6-5 favorite, out of the gate in good order and the 4-year-old stallion had the race in hand within the first 100 yards. Martinez just kept Get Down Perry’s mind in the race while covering the 440 yards in :22.29 while facing a stiff headwind.

Rafael Varela’s Bonsai Bully, the 4-1 second choice, raced alongside Get Down Perry but never got closer than a neck margin at the finish line and settled for second. La Vedera overcame trouble to finish third, a length and a quarter behind Bonsai Bully.

The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained Get Down Perry was winless in his five previous 2006 starts, however was the class of the Monday feature after racing against top-level stakes competition throughout the year. He was second behind 2004 world champion Be A Bono in the Grade 1, $137,000 Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California.

In his other Zia Park start this season he was second to Boknaai in the Lovington Stakes. Be A Bono was second by a nose in the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion Of Champions at Los Alamitos on Saturday night. Boknaai was third in the $200,000 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship on Sunday.

The Abraham Jaquez-trained Bonsai Bully kept his consistent 2006 record intact with his second-place finish. He has finished on the board in seven of his eight 2006 starts.

Get Down Perry rewarded his backers with $4.60, $3.20 and $2.40. Bonsai Bully returned $6.60 and $6.40 while La Vedera paid $4.20. The $2 exacta paid $35.20 with the two favorites and the $1 trifecta returned $50.30.