10/05/2005 11:00PM

Zia Park: Coming from all over


The handicapping is complicated Saturday in the $50,000 Zia Park Distaff, with the 10 fillies and mares in the race having made their last start at six different racetracks in four different states. The six-furlong stakes is being run at the new Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M.

California is represented by Dee Dee's Diner, the highest earner in the field, who last raced at Fairplex. She finished second by a head in the $58,000 Pio Pico on Sept. 16. Dee Dee's Diner contested the pace at 3-5 in that race, and again figures to be prominent from her rail post. Trainer Henry Dominguez has given the mount to Ken Tohill.

Red Lifesaver, in from Louisiana Downs, could get a nice stalking trip behind Dee Dee's Diner. She used those tactics last out, when she won an Aug. 28 allowance by seven lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 95. The race was Red Lifesaver's first at a sprint distance since May 14, when she finished third to eventual Grade 1 winner Happy Ticket in the $50,000 Suthern Accent, a six-furlong race also at Louisiana Downs.

Casey Lambert has the mount on Red Lifesaver for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Blue Song represents New Mexico, and is looking for her fourth straight win Saturday. She has won stakes in her last three starts, at Ruidoso Downs and Albuquerque, and is another who can stalk. Others in the field include Louisiana invader Wacky Patty, who makes her third start back from a layoff, and the Texas-based Ellen's Foxy Girl.