10/27/2005 11:00PM

Premier Dance to 4-peat?


Premier Dance, who earlier this month was scratched from the MEC Mile at Remington Park after drawing post 12, resurfaces Saturday at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., where he will be favored to win his fourth straight stakes race in the $50,000 Governor's.

The six-furlong race for 2-year-olds drew eight, including stakes winners Might Be Hooked and Mining Gold.

has been on a stakes tear all summer. In his last three starts, all at six furlongs, he won the $75,000 Middleground at Lone Star Park on July 16, the $50,000 Minstrel at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 13, and the $100,000 Lafayette at Evangeline Downs on Sept. 5.

Premier Dance was meant to make his two-turn debut in the MEC, but his owner, Charles Fletcher, and his trainer, Cody Autrey, scratched the horse because of the outside draw.

Premier Dance, with Luis Quinonez to ride, is one of two stakes winners Autrey will be running Sunday at Zia. The other is Missile Bay, front-running winner of the $60,000 Mongo Queen at Monmouth in her last start Sept. 25, who will make her first start for Autrey since being bought by Fletcher.

She might be favored in the $40,000 Genuine Risk, a six-furlong overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Lumbre eyes Zia Derby

Lumbre, who ran fourth in the $150,000 Oklahoma Derby on Oct. 21, might start next in the $100,000 Zia Park Derby at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 3, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun.

Lumbre set a pressured pace in the Oklahoma Derby and fought on through the stretch in the 1 1/8-mile race, his first start around two turns. He entered the race off a third-place finish against older sprinters in the $40,000 Taliaferro Memorial at Remington. After that race, Lumbre was purchased by Robert Bone, the nation's third leading owner in wins, and sent to Calhoun.

"We were extremely pleased with him," said Calhoun. "It's a big jump from three-quarters to a mile and an eighth. I thought he did everything but win it."

Lumbre has won 3 of 6 starts, and in one of them he topped a $27,389 dime superfecta payoff - an entry-level allowance at Lone Star Park, which he won at 29-1.