Zia Festival

Zia Festival

Hollyn Bootie wins Sunday's $322,547 Zia Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

Hollyn Bootie 2020 Zia Futurity. Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs

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Hollyn Bootie, a gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel owned by Mark and Annette McCloy, outran her 15-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $322,547 Zia Futurity (RG1), one of three Quarter Horse stakes for New Mexico-breds contested Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Tanner Thedford for trainer Blane Wood, Hollyn Bootie defeated Woodys Gold by a half of a length. The filly earned a 91 speed index, as she stopped the timer in :19.856 on a sealed track officially labeled "good."

"Once our filly broke, it was over," said Wood. "She flew right down the racetrack and finished strong."

A homebred, Hollyn Bootie has won one of three starts and has banked $140,188. The filly is out of Datona Doll, a 7-year-old Jesse James Jr mare who won the 2016 New Mexico Cup Derby (G2) at Zia Park in her final career race. Hollyn Bootie's second dam, the winning Dean Miracle mare Maggies Miracle Lx, was a finalist in the '03 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs.

"I worked this horse back on Blane's ranch, and we all knew she could run," said Thedford. "All she needed was a clean break, and that's what she got today. She did all the work."

Vine Master ran third and was followed officially by Fly On Down, Hatchi Zulu, Cristom, Ripp, and Jessies Allstar.

Zia 870 Championship (R)
Rogers Farms' Wascallywittlewabbit broke sharply from Post 7 and earned a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R).

Prepped by Mike Joiner, Wascallywittlewabbit covered 870 yards in :45.089 and recorded a 104 speed index on a muddy and sealed track. Benito Baca rode the 5-year-old Heza Motor Scooter gelding.

Wascallywittlewabbit was bred by Mike Weatherly, and the Zia 870 Championship marked the gelding's first-ever start in a stakes race. Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Wascallywittlewabbit has won five of 13 outs, including four of seven at the 870-yard distance, and he has earned $85,787, of which $57,544 has been banked at the 870 trip.

Regards Miracle finished second, 2 1/2 lengths behind Wascallywittlewabbit. Hollywood Henry (TB), Dan The Flashman, Weappear, Diabolical Ruler (TB), and Rod James completed the order of finish.

Zia Juvenile Stakes (R)
Mario Delgado rode Bigg Dee to a 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $50,000 Zia Juvenile Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Saddled by James Gonzales II for owner Rex Wells, Bigg Dee went 400 yards on a sealed track labeled "good" in :19.793. The bay son of Big Daddy Cartel was winning for the second time in four races, and the $21,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score increased his earnings to $25,700.

Bigg Dee was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. The gelding is out of Miss Woody Dee, an 11-year-old homebred daughter of Woodbridge. His third dam, the First Down Dash mare Deelish, was the sport's champion 2-year-old filly in 1998 and champion aged mare in 2000.

Out N Gone ran second and was followed by Famous Clyde, Have Another One, Cruse, CC Moonflash, Heza Classy Now, Im Jess Sixy, Budget Bomber, and Senor Cartel.

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