(From Zia Park)
Joe Allen’s undefeated record-holder Peppers Pride shoots for her 18th-straight victory in the $170,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Championship for Fillies and Mares Nov. 9 at Zia Park.
The New Mexico Classic Cup Championship for Fillies and Mares highlights the 11 New Mexico-bred stakes on the stakes-filled program awarding $1,850,000 in purses. It is the richest day of state-bred racing at any track.
Peppers Pride, trained by Joel Marr, has won each of her 17 career starts. In her latest, a Zia Park allowance race, she pushed her record to 17-for-17 to establish a new record for consecutive wins by a thoroughbred. The mare broke the record she held with Triple Crown winner Citation, two-time horse of the year Cigar, Santa Anita Derby winner Mister Frisky and Louisiana-based sprinter Hallowed Dreams.
This could be fans final opportunity to see Peppers Pride race at Zia Park. After perhaps starting in a race at Sunland Park, she could be retired and bred next year.
Peppers Pride’s race runs as the 10th race. She drew the seven post and regular rider Carlos Madeira will be aboard.
Here’s a rundown of the other 10 stakes races on the program:
In the $180,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Championship, the ninth race, Some Ghost comes off an allowance win over the Zia Park track. He has three wins from four 2008 starts, capped by two wins in $100,000 stakes races at Sunland Park.
The $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Championship for Colts and Geldings, the seventh race, shapes up as a contentious race featuring Road Runner Handicap winner Dixieland Chime and Don Juan Onate Handicap winner Skar.
In the $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Championship for Fillies, the sixth race, Jannaslilkicker tries for her fourth win from as many starts. Askmetodance has the stakes class with five wins from seven starts, including three wins in stakes races.
In the $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile for Colts and Geldings, the eighth race, Lefty Who should be favored to gain his third win from as many starts. He won the $115,000 Rio Grande Senor Futurity by more than five lengths at Ruidoso Downs this summer.
In the $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile for Fillies, the fifth race, Dream Kin tries for her third career win. She has been the odds-on favorite in each of her four starts.
In the $170,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Sprint Championship, the 11th race, it could be a wide-open run with Pony Express Stakes winner Romeos Wilson, Mr Cristo Stakes winner Frankenbean and Gulchrunssweet coming off back-to-back wins.