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Iron Fist Heads Asmussen Bunch on Big Zia Stakes Day

Fifth-place Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) finisher is in the Zia Park Championship.

Just 20 days after his fifth-place run in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Whispering Oaks Farm's Iron Fist is scheduled to be back in action, at the head of a formidable contingent shipping in for trainer Steve Asmussen, in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship Handicap Nov. 22.

Asmussen has five entered for a big stakes day at Zia Park and none are higher than 3-1 on the morning line. Iron Fist, a 5-year-old son of Tapit  and a four-time stakes winner who earned his first graded score in the July 8 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3), is the shortest of the five at 4-5 on the morning line for the 1 1/8-mile dirt test.

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Michael Langford's Untrapped and Clearview Stable's Ever So Clever are two other grade 3 winners from the Asmussen barn to ship into New Mexico for Wednesday's races.

Untrapped, who placed in the LeComte Stakes (G3), Risen Star Stakes (G2), Rebel Stakes (G3), Ohio Derby (G3), and Indiana Derby (G3) earlier in the year, broke through for his first graded score last time out in the Sept. 24 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park. The Trappe Shot  colt is 8-5 on the morning line for the $200,000 Zia Park Derby.

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Ever So Clever also ran at Remington Sept. 24 and the Medaglia d'Oro  filly came in second behind much-the-best champion Champagne Room in the Remington Park Oaks. She earned her grade 3 score in the April 14 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park and is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line in the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks.

The other Asmussen entries on the nine-stakes Zia card (for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds) are stakes winner Counterforce in the $75,000 Zia Park Sprint and multiple stakes-placed Christina's Comet in the $75,000 Zia Park Distaff.

Entries: Zia Park Championship H.

Zia Park, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 2:54 PM (local)
11Iron Fist (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.124Steven M. Asmussen4/5
22Hereditary (KY)Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.119Justin R. Evans6/1
33Code West (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateRamon A. Vazquez121Boyd Caster5/2
44Ol Winedrinker Who (TX)Enrique Portillo Gomez117Jose R. Gonzalez, Jr.30/1
55Way Striking (KY)Daniel P. Vergara120Robertino Diodoro4/1
66Tiz Town (KY)Roimes Chirinos116Tracy A. Norris20/1

Entries: Zia Park Derby

Zia Park, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Race 9

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:46 PM (local)
11Untrapped (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.122Steven M. Asmussen8/5
22Horse Fly (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMiguel A. Perez120Justin R. Evans20/1
33Equator (KY)Jorge Carreno118Justin R. Evans15/1
44Passed by Paul (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlfredo J. Juarez, Jr.118Dick Cappellucci15/1
55P C Cowboy (KY)Floyd Wethey, Jr.120Scott E. Young12/1
66You're to Blame (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRoimes Chirinos120Michael J. Maker7/2
77Steely Resolve (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill8/1
88Cedartown (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRy Eikleberry120Michael Stidham10/1
99General Council (FL)Tracy J. Hebert122Jose R. Gonzalez, Jr.30/1
1010Chief Know It All (KY)Rico W. Walcott122Robertino Diodoro9/2

Entries: Zia Park Oaks

Zia Park, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 4:12 PM (local)
11Escape Clause (MB)Roimes Chirinos122Don Schnell12/1
22Ever So Clever (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.122Steven M. Asmussen2/1
33The Incident (PA)Keeneland Sales GraduateEnrique Portillo Gomez118Henry Dominguez6/1
44Proud and Fearless (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrian Pedroza118J. Larry Jones8/5
55Kell Paso (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRy Eikleberry122Greg Green6/1
66Sandy's Surprise (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill12/1
77Mountain Goddess (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTracy J. Hebert118Larry Chavez8/1

Entries: Zia Park Sprint S.

Zia Park, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $75,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 1:59 PM (local)
11Redneck Humor (FL)Ry Eikleberry123Justin R. Evans3/1
22Fact Finding (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMario Gutierrez114Michael J. Maker20/1
33Forest Mouse (KY)Enrique Portillo Gomez123Henry Dominguez6/1
44Mt Veeder (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlfredo J. Juarez, Jr.117Justin R. Evans15/1
55Pink Cotton (FL)Elvin Gonzalez120Bart G. Hone12/1
66Counterforce (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.119Steven M. Asmussen2/1
77Hammers Vision (ON)Daniel P. Vergara119Robertino Diodoro8/5

Entries: Zia Park Distaff S.

Zia Park, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Race 6

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $75,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 2:26 PM (local)
11Super Humor (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateMiguel A. Perez117Miguel L. Hernandez8/1
22Diez Dancer (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlejandro Medellin119Miguel L. Hernandez20/1
33Game Time Decision (IL)Ry Eikleberry121Justin R. Evans5/2
44K P Wildcat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRoimes Chirinos123Weston Martin8/5
55Christina's Comet (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.117Steven M. Asmussen3/1
66Tijuana (NM)Jorge Carreno119Todd W. Fincher12/1
77Summer House (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRico W. Walcott121Robertino Diodoro8/1