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Big purses set for Lineage races at Downs this weekend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The fields have been set for this weekend’s Lineage races for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and quarter horses at The Downs at Albuquerque.
For the first time in the Lineage program’s long history, the races will be run during at two-day period. The five Lineage Thoroughbred stakes today will be followed by four Lineage Quarter Horse stakes Sunday. Post for the first race each day will be 1:30 p.m.
“We’ll be offering more than $400,000 in purse money over the weekend,” Downs general manager of racing Don Cook said.
Here is a preview of all nine of this weekend’s Lineage stakes, each with $37,000 purses:
Saturday
RACE 5, DON JUAN DE OÑATE STAKES (R): 3-year-olds — 6 furlongs
Jenson’s Miracle, a gelded son of Rocket Included owned by Lucky Six Inc. and trained by Johnnie Nall, is the morning-line favorite. He has won three of 11 starts, including last year’s 1-mile, $125,480 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park. All entries will tote 119 pounds.
RACE 6, CASEY DARNELL PONY EXPRESS STAKES (R): 3-year-olds and older — 5½furlongs
Linda Hutchinson’s Anzaki drew the rail post. The homebred 5-year-old gelding by the Danzig stallion Anziyan trained by Alberto Amparan is four weeks removed from his 4¼-length victory in the July 28, $34,400 Sierra Blanca Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
RACE 7, CHIEF NARBONA STAKES (R): 3-year-old fillies — 6 furlongs
A field of 10 state-bred 3-year-old fillies, topped by morning-line favorite La Luz, has entered. La Luz is coming off a 2½-length win in a 5-furlong, $13,800 allowance sprint at Arapahoe Park near Denver on June 30. Her nine opponents include Bowers and Seago Racing’s Park Lane Lass, which won the July 28, $50,000 Sierra Starlet Handicap (R) at Ruidoso.
RACE 8, CARLOS SALAZAR STAKES (R): Ages 3 and older, fillies & mares — 6½ furlongs
John Pinkerton’s Devon’s Spirit, the morning-line favorite, makes her first start since April 20, when the 6-year-old daughter of Premeditation scored a 1¼-length victory in the 6½-furlong, $65,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap (R) at SunRay Park. The mare was campaigned at Sunland Park last winter.
RACE 9, LINEAGE STAKES (R): Ages 3 and older — 1 1/16 miles
Morning-line favorite Mis Ter Noble ships in from Ruidoso Downs, where the gelded 4-year-old son of Noble Silence won a 7½-furlong allowance-optional claiming race June 9 and ran fourth, six lengths behind winner That’s Who, in the 7½-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) on July 28. His nine opponents include Juan Carlos Gutierrez’s Rosa’s Catena, an 8-year-old gelding and winner of last year’s 1-mile, $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at Albuquerque.
Sunday
RACE 6, JOHN AUGUSTINE STAKES (R): Ages 3 and older — 870 yards
Morning-line choice D E Wagons Strawfly is coming off an upset 2¼-length victory over Rollickin Red in the July 28, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Richard Sedillo for owner Refugio Monarez, D E Wagons Strawfly has earned $81,535 from seven outs this season.
RACE 7, PELICAN STAKES (RG3): 3-year-old fillies — 400 yards
Gabino Carrillo’s Aful Alibi tops a field of seven in this race, named in honor of the 1947 AQHA champion stallion. A sorrel daughter of Genuine Strawfly, Aful Alibi has finished first, second or third in all five of her races this season.
RACE 8, HARD TWIST STAKES (RG3): 3-year-olds — 400 yards
Currie J. Maben’s Jess Rueben James, a homebred Jesse James Jr. gelding trained by Jaime Aldavaz Jr., is the morning-line choice for the Hard Twist Stakes, named in honor of the two-time AQHA champion stallion. Jess Rueben James will be making his first start since May 19, when he won the 400-yard, $65,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park.
RACE 9, LINEAGE CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES (RG3): 3-year-olds & older — 400 yards
One of four fillies and mares entered, WDC Wendys Wine makes her first start at Albuquerque in the sprint. A 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge owned by Alonso and Sylvia Aranda and trained by Isidro Rodriguez, WDC Wendys Wine has run first, second or third in all five of her races this season.

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