Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day produces record setting handle

Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day produces record setting handle

The fourth edition of Zia Park’s Land of Enchantment Day produced record setting business numbers as an all-time track record of $2,091,079 was wagered on the 10-race card.  The new handle mark smashed the former single-day wagering record by more than 34%.  Additionally, wagering records for the largest amount handled on a single race ($451,347 on the Zia Park Oaks) and in a Pick 4 pool ($84,023 on the late, all-stakes Pick 4) were established on the Land of Enchantment card.

The featured $300,000 Zia Park Oaks produced the expected result with the favored multiple graded stakes winner Family Tree ($4.60) taking the race by a widening 8 1/2 length margin under jockey Florent Geroux.  The three-year old filly by Smart Strike is trained by Wayne Catalano and owned by Gary and Mary West and stopped the teletimer in 1:43.59.

KP Wildcat under Tyler Baze edged Ready to Confess for second while Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up and Breeders’ Cup Distaff runner Land Over Sea could do no better than seventh.

The supporting stakes on the card proved to be a big payday for owner Bryan Hawk, trainer Boyd Caster and jockey Luis Quinonez as they teamed up to post back to back upset scores with Pass the Buck ($16.40) in the $200,000 Zia Park Derby and Code West ($26.60) in the $150,000 Zia Park Championship.  Pass the Buck closed from the back of the pack under Quinonez to outfinish Los Alamitos Derby (G2) runner-up Semper Fortis by a half-length while Code West took the field wire to wire in the Zia Park Championship, getting the best of 2016 Cornhusker (G3) victor Smack Smack by 1 1/2 lengths.

“This is the biggest day of racing in Zia Park’s twelve-year history,” said director of racing and racing secretary Fred Hutton.   “The Land of Enchantment Day is now a firm fixture on the calendar and this is definitely out best turnout for quality and quantity so far and the results show.   I want to thank the horsemen who supported the event, our dedicated team and racing fans who supported our betting card today.”

Zia Park’s 56-day thoroughbred/quarter horse meet runs through December 13 on a Saturday through Tuesday afternoon schedule.


Source: Zia Park

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