12/02/2012 8:01PM

Zia Park: Forest Mouse makes Zia Distance Championship his fifth career stakes win

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Ry Eikleberry guides Forest Mouse to a three-quarter-length victory in the Distance Championship.

Forest Mouse won the fifth stakes race of his career on Sunday, when he held off Red Lead by three-quarters of a length in the $218,120 Distance Championships at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M. It was another four lengths back in third to Hurricane Lake.

The Distance Championship was the final major stakes of the Zia meet that closes on Tuesday.

Forest Mouse ($8.20) tracked the pace in the 1 1/8-mile feature as First Strike set fractions of 24.33 seconds for the opening quarter and 49.25 for the first half-mile. Forest Mouse took over through six furlongs in 1:13.41, and went on to cover the distance on a track rated fast in 1:50.76.

Ry Eikleberry rode the winner for Parnell Thomas and trainer Henry Dominguez.

Forest Mouse has now finished first or second in all eight of his starts this year, among his wins the $90,000 San Juan County Commissioners Handicap at SunRay Park in June. In his start prior the Distance Championship, he missed by a neck in the local prep, the $55,000 Veteran.

Forest Mouse earned $126,877 for his win in the Distance Championship to lift his career earnings to $413,629. Overall, he is 11 for 27. Forest Mouse is a 4-year-old by Teton Forest.

In other stakes on the card, Jenson’s Miracle ($39.60) won his second straight race when he held off Indication N M by a nose in the $120,000 Eddy County. The one-mile stakes was for 2-year-olds bred in New Mexico. Enrique Gomez rode the winner for Lucky Six Inc., and trainer Johnnie Nall.

* Prospect to the Top ($14.80) dominated the Grade 1, $150,000 Zia Quarter Horse Distance Championship, when he took the lead at the start and increased his margin at every call for a 1 3/4-length score. He covered 440 yards in 21.32 seconds. Oscar Rincon rode the winner for Joel Tavarez and trainer Mario G. Sanchez.

* I Stand Alone ($10.20) wired the field for a 3 3/4-length win in the $55,000 Rio Rancho, an overnight stakes for 2-year-olds. Duane Sterling was aboard for Roger K. Beasley and trainer Ray Ashford Jr.