Zia Park Derby 2013 Contenders & Odds

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - Zia Park Casino in Hobbs, New Mexico will be the scene of the Zia Park Derby this Sunday, November 24 - an ungraded stakes race with a nice $200,000 purse. A group of three year olds will be featured as they go 1 1/16 miles on Zia Park's dirt track.

A competitive field of nine has been confirmed for the Zia Park Derby - race 9 on Zia Park's Sunday card. Post time is 3:37 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all nine combatants for this minor stakes race.

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Broadway Empire - most recently finished a somewhat disappointing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile but before that had two nice wins in Canada this summer - the Grade 3 Canadian Derby by three lengths as favorite August 17 and the minor Ky Alta Handicap by seven lengths in July - both results at Northlands Park and he also won the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park September 29. He had won three straight ahead of the Breeders' Cup and will be looking to get back in the winner's circle Sunday. Broadway Empire is the 4-5 morning line favorite and leaves from post 7.

Carve - finished third last time out behind Broadway Empire in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby September 29. Before that were seven career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen - two wins to start his career - an Allowance Optional Claiming score over Title Contender February 17 after a Maiden Claiming win January 25 but no wins since. He finished sixth in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes in March, a decent third in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in April and seventh in the Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs in June. He also had a fifth in the minor Super Derby Prelude Stakes after a respectable third in the minor Long Branch Stakes July 7. Carve has two wins and three third place finishes in eight starts this year and is the second choice on the morning line at 9-2 odds.

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Show Some Magic - has nine starts in 2013 with a win, three seconds and a third place finish - a second in the Grade 2 Sunland Derby in March behind Govenor Charlie and a second in the minor Mine That Bird Derby February 23 being his best results. Last time out was a fifth in the minor Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita November 2 after an Allowance score on this track September 30 and an OK second in the minor Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby in April. He has just three wins in 17 career starts and is 5-1 in the morning line from post 6.

Real Heat - Bart Hone trained gelding is coming off an Allowance score on this track October 22. He raced three straight Claiming races this summer in California placing in just one - at Del Mar in July and has two wins, a second and two third place finishes in 13 career starts. He departs from post 8 at 10-1 odds Sunday in his stakes debut.

For Cash - ships in from Northlands Park where he had three wins, a second and four third place finishes in 10 career starts. Last time out was a third in the minor Harvest Gold Plate Handicap October 13 after a nice win in the minor Beaufort Stakes September 21 and a fourth in his only graded stakes action to date - the Grade 3 Canadian Derby. For Cash has placed in seven of eight starts this year with three wins and looks good ahead of the Zia Park Derby. He goes off at 12-1 odds and will line up from the rail.

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Clone - has finished no worse than second in his last six starts - three wins and three seconds. His most impressive result was a win in the minor Ruidoso Thoroughbred Derby August 31 - he followed that with an Allowance score and a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming - both on this track the last two months. Clone is listed at 12-1 odds and leaves from post 3.

Unbridled Giant - Jody Pruitt trained gelding has 10 starts this year with two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He made his stakes debut two back and finished fifth in the minor Remington Green Stakes and was fourth last time out in an Allowance at Remington Park October 26. He enters this weekend in so-so form and is 15-1 on the morning line.

Indycott - makes his stakes debut Sunday off an Allowance score at Remington Park October 17. He had a couple of poor results before that - a fifth in a Starter Allowance in September and a ninth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in August - after a MSW score at Del Mar in July. Indycott is 15-1 on the morning line and lines up in post 5.

I Stand Alone - is coming off a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track November 5 after a second and a sixth respectively in a pair of Allowance races. His stakes results include a fifth in the Prairie Mile Stakes in June, a second in the Tempe Handicap at Turf Paradise in March and a nice win - his career highlight in the minor Rio Rancho Overnight Stakes on this track last December 2. I Stand Alone is the longest shot in the field at 30-1 odds and departs from post 4.

2013 Zia Park Derby Entries & Odds

Race 9 on Zia Park's Sunday card with a Post Time of 3:37 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 For Cash S. Stevens D. Greenwood
2 Carve R. Santana, Jr. S. Asmussen
3 Clone D. Shepherd G. Cross
4 I Stand Alone R. Eikleberry H. Ashford, Jr.
5 Indycott K. Tohill C. Hartman
6 Show Some Magic E. Gomez H. Dominguez
7 Broadway Empire G. Franco R. Diodoro
8 Real Heat A. Juarez, Jr. B. Hone
9 Unbridled Giant N. Summers I. Green

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