Zia Park Live Racing Season Commences on September 10

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September 9th, 2016

The New Mexico circuit makes a quick shift from Ruidoso Downs to Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico on Saturday, September 10.  Full fields and plenty of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stakes action is set for their 56-day live season.

Last year's leading Quarter Horse jockey, Esgar Ramirez, will return along with Adrian Ramos, Ivan Carnero, Jaime Leos and Jesse Lee Levario. Patrick Valenzuela, known as "P-Val" in southern California, has a mount on opening day.

Juan M. Gonzalez won the Quarter Horse training title in 2015 and leads a solid group of horsemen including Clint Crawford, Adam Tapia, Wes Giles and Tony Sedillo, who just won the $3 million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs with Imperial Eagle.

There will be a new race caller at Zia Park. Jim McCullough has been tabbed as the track’s new announcer for its 12th season of live racing

The New Mexico track  will present 13 Quarter Horses stakes; most notably the $300,000-est. Hobbs America Futurity (G2) on October 9; the 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on November 23; and the 440-yard, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) on December 4.

Last year, 2014 AQHA world champion Jrc Callas First won the Zia Park Championship, which attracts many of the top older horses in the country.

2014 AQHA world champion Jrc Callas First won last year's Zia Park Championship.

Zia Park will offer live racing on a Saturday through Tuesday schedule with a 12:15 pm (MT) post time.  The live racing season at Zia Park will conclude on December 13.  For more information on post times and special events, visit www.ziaparkcasino.com