11/25/2005 12:00AM

Jungle Prince gets class relief in Express


Jungle Prince drops from Grade 3 company for the $75,000 Zia Park Express at the Hobbs, N.M., track on Sunday.

invades from Southern California, where in his last start he was third by a head in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 29. The Zia Park Express is also at 6 1/2 furlongs, but on dirt.

The class move, as well as a return to dirt, should serve him well on Sunday, as the last time he raced on the main track he won the Governor's Cup by a length at Fairplex on Sept. 25. Jungle Prince used stalking tactics in that race, but given the hot pace he set in the Pirate's Bounty at Del Mar on Sept. 7, when he ran the opening quarter in 21.40 seconds and the half-mile in 44, he could control the pace in the Zia Park Express.

Trainer Juan Garcia has given the mount to Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Others in the five-horse field include , a winner over 6 1/2 furlongs last out when he rallied from eighth in an optional claimer at Zia. Trainer Henry Dominguez has given the mount to leading rider Ken Tohill.

Blue Song, Tohill take Chaves County

Blue Song fought back in the stretch for a half-length win over Show Me Your Glory in the $83,800 Chaves County on Thursday. It was the sixth career stakes win for Blue Song ($5.80), who was ridden by Tohill.

Blue Song led through fractions of 23.40 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.80 for the half-mile mark in the one-mile race. Blue Song lost the lead in the stretch, regained it, and went on to cover the distance in 1:37.20.

She has now won 12 of 26 starts and $262,886. Jose Gonzalez Jr. trains Blue Song for Jurado Armando.

* Belly Rocks, who was third in the $115,000 New Mexico Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 6, is one of the top contenders in the ninth race on Sunday. The 5 1/2-furlong over-night stakes for 2-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico has a purse of $41,750.