09/22/2005 11:00PM

Lorenzon best in Premier Stakes


Speed horses fared best on Friday's inaugural program of racing at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., including Lorenzon, who led throughout to win the track's $50,000 .

In total, five of the six Thoroughbred races on the card were won by front-runners, with all of the Thoroughbred races held around one turn. The remaining five races on the opening program were for Quarter Horses.

Lorenzon ($9.80) led the Premier field through fractions of 23.20 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.60 seconds for the half-mile mark. He went on to cover the six furlongs over a track rated fast in 1:10.80. Dangerous Devon finished a half-length back in second, while it was another length and a quarter in third to his entrymate, Go Kitty Go.

Captain Malory was scratched from the Premier.

Joe Martinez rode Lorenzon for trainer Jon Arnett. The win was the first in a stakes for the horse, who overall has won 6 of 13 starts and $84,316.

Zia Park is the fifth track to open in New Mexico, and it has been operating a slots casino since last November. The more than 650 machines in operation have helped provide for an average daily purse structure of about $230,000.

Zia Park, which features a one-mile dirt oval, was built at a cost of more than $45 million. R.D. Hubbard is the majority owner of the track, which will continue its inaugural meet through Dec. 4.

Officials said more than 3,000 patrons attended the opening day card Friday.