Zia Park Distance Championship winner Imco Spirit has been named Thoroughbred of the meet for the Zia Park season that concluded Dec. 7.
Imco Spirit, owned in a partnership of Kirk Robison and trainer Henry Dominguez, thrived at Zia Park after being claimed for $12,500 out of a winning effort at Del Mar Aug. 29. The 5-year-old gelding made four starts at Zia Park with wins in the Zia Park Distance Championship and a pair of $27,200 allowance victories. He was also second in the $55,000 Veterans Stakes.
Top New Mexico-bred honors went to Bobby McQueen and Dale Taylor’s Glory Be Mine, winner of her two Zia Park starts. The Todd Fincher-trained distaffer won an optional-claiming race and then took the $151,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Fillies and Mares Championship as the 3-5 favorite. Those two Zia Park wins are her latest victories in a 7-race winning streak.
Dominguez, co-owner and trainer of Imco Spirit, was the meet’s top trainer with 35 wins, 10 more victories than runner-up Bart Hone. Dominguez also trained $100,000 Premiere Handicap winner River Echo, along with Zia Distaff and Chaves County Stakes winner Hayley's Halo.
The leading jockey with 39 victories was Miguel Hernandez, 11 more wins than Alejandro Medellin. Hernandez won the New Mexico Classic Cup Sprint with Smash Dancer and the Lea County Handicap with Ducky Drake.