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Majestic Stream, Desirio Top Open Horses at Zia Park

December 12, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hobbs, NM (Dec. 13) – The Thoroughbred Majestic Stream and the Quarter Horse Desirio were honored as Open Horses of the Meet for their respective breeds during the second season of racing at Zia Park that concluded on Tuesday.

The horses of the meet for New Mexico-breds were the local favorite Thoroughbred Rocky Gulch and the Quarter Horse Gotta Get, undefeated in 2006.

The Clyde Veltmann-owned and trained Majestic Stream, a 3-year-old son of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, won his first three starts for the meet, including the Veteran Stakes, before finishing off the board at 2-1 odds when taking on older horses in the Zia Park Distance Championship. He was a gate-to-wire 9-length winner of the Veterans Stakes on Nov. 11.

Desirio; owned by James Helzer, Les Horner and Ray Willis; proved best of the straightaway sprinters when he won the $200,000 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship. Trainer Carl Draper brought the 4-year-old back from a 12-month layoff for two wins and a third in the Lovington Stakes from four Zia Park starts.

Larry Teague’s Rocky Gulch has been a fan favorite at Zia Park since the Hobbs track first opened in 2005. The 5-year-old gelding from the Terry Walker stable won the Carlsbad Handicap on Oct. 2 and then became the first New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred to surpass the $1 million mark in earnings when he won the $212,000 New Mexico Cup Classic.

Gordon Cox and Rita Danley’s Gotta Get has dominated the older state-bred Quarter Horses in 2006 with five stakes wins from five starts, including two Zia Park stakes. The 4-year-old gelding won The Down Side Stakes and then was a daylight winner of the $211,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Quarter Horse Championship.

Trainer Henry Dominguez and jockey Ken Tohill won their respective Thoroughbred titles during the Zia Park season.

Dominguez saddled 36 Thoroughbred winners to easily outdistance runner-up O. Dwain Grissom, who sent out 16 winners.

Tohill was aboard 41 Thoroughbreds who reached the winner’s circle to finish six wins ahead of Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and Lathrop Hoffman finished in a dead heat for the leading Thoroughbred owner title with seven wins apiece.

On the Quarter Horse side, Paul Jones took the training title, Freddie Martinez was the leading jockey and there was a 3-way tie for the leading owner title.

Jones was the trainer of 14 winners, three winners ahead of Carl Draper.

Martinez rode the winners of 30 races, eight victories ahead of Esgar Ramirez.

Sharing the owner’s title, with four wins apiece, were Rita Danley, SMS Racing and Jesus Soto.

Overall, combining Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse wins, Dominguez was the top trainer with 42 wins, Roman Chapa was the leading rider with 44 victories and the owner title was shared by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and Danley with eight wins apiece.