12/03/2008 12:00AM

Ketel Won looks for a repeat at Zia


Champion Ketel Won will defend his title in Sunday's Grade 1, $175,000 Zia Park Quarter Horse Championship when he faces Mr Perry Dash, who defeated him in their most recent meeting.

A year ago, Ketel Won scored his first Grade 1 win when he pulled away to a half-length victory in the Zia Park Championship. He then won the Grade 1, $400,000 The Championship at Sunland Park, securing the 2007 champion aged horse and champion aged stallion titles.

Ketel Won has been part of a hot streak this fall for his owner, R.D. Hubbard. Since Labor Day weekend Quarter Horses owned or co-owned by him, or owned by his wife, Joan Dale, have won the Grade 1 All American Derby (Noconi), Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship (Brenda Beautiful), Grade 2 Hobbs America Derby (Noconi), Grade 2 Hobbs America Futurity (Brenda Beautiful), Grade 3 All American Gold Cup (Ketel Won), and Grade 3 Brigand Handicap (Tricky Dust). All of these horses are leading championship contenders, and My Dashing Lady, who is co-owned by Hubbard and is the dam of Noconi and Brenda Beautiful, is the top prospect for broodmare of the year.

After Ketel Won dominated the All American Gold Cup as the 3-5 favorite, he was fourth in the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap at 3-5 odds and second in the Grade 2 Lovington Handicap as the 1-2 choice.

After this season, Ketel Won will be retired to stand his first season at stud at the JEH Stallion Station in Hondo, N.M.

Mr Perry Dash got the jump out of the gate over Ketel Won in the 400-yard Lovington Handicap. The distance-loving Ketel Won was unable to run down Mr Perry Dash and came up a half-length short. The 440-yard distance of the Zia Championship favors Ketel Won. Three of his five stakes wins have come over a quarter-mile.

Mr Perry Dash scored his first stakes win of the year in the Lovington after finishing second in the Grade 2 Sam Houston Classic and third in the Grade 2 West Texas Maturity.

WRS Special Shoe comes off the only Grade 1 win of his 48-race career. The 6-year-old gelding won the Grade 1, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Evangeline Downs at 26-1 odds. He had won or placed in five minor stakes before his Grade 1 win.

Snowy Alibi has been on the board in each of his six starts this year. In his only Zia Park start he was third in the 2006 Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship behind Grade 1 winners Remember Me Rose and Okey Dokey Fantasy.

Promising juveniles at Los Al

The promising Snowbound Chick, Prouddesertqueen, and RM Shes Maknmoves head the $14,000 Go Derussa Go overnight handicap for juvenile fillies on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Snowbound Chick won two straight races before finishing last after a troubled start in the Golden State Juvenile.

Prouddesertqueen was fifth in the Grade 1 Kindergarten in May and then returned from a layoff to rally for a conditioned allowance win on Oct. 24.

RM Shesmaknmoves, who earlier this year qualified for futurities in Utah and Wyoming, comes off two claiming wins at Los Alamitos.