09/28/2013 11:46AM

Zia Park: Winter Book one to catch in the Chaves County Stakes


Winter Book is the speed of the $55,000 Chaves County at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., on Monday. The question will be how far she can carry it. Winter Book will be making her two-turn debut in the one-mile race for fillies and mares, and she will be putting a 4-for-4 career record on the line.

The Chaves County drew a field of nine, including multiple stakes winner Iplaytricks, who is moving into open company after a runner-up finish in the $50,000 Lincoln Handicap at Ruidoso Downs in her last start July 28. Also set to start is Ize in Trouble, who missed by a neck in the $40,000 Columbine at Arapahoe Park in July.

Winter Book’s four wins have come by a combined 18 lengths. Her most recent was a $40,000 optional claiming race at Zia, in which she covered six furlongs in 1:08.20. She earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 86. Prior to that Sept. 9 race, Winter Book won two stakes, including the $50,000 Aspen Cup at Ruidoso. Trainer Henry Dominguez is hopeful the daughter of Any Given Saturday, who won the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, will get the two turns on Monday.

“I think she can carry [her speed] quite a way,” he said. “The filly is doing well, and right now she doesn’t think she can get beat.”

But there is a chance Winter Book will be scratched from the Chaves County. Dominguez said while it’s likely she will run, he is debating the start with her owners because an upcoming race that has long been penciled in for her, the $55,000 Zia Park Distaff at six furlongs.

“I didn’t want to have to stretch her out now and then go short,” Dominguez said.

If Winter Book does scratch, one option is to train her up to the Zia Park Distaff, which is Nov. 24.

“She can win off a layoff; she has before,” said Dominguez.

Enrique Gomez has the mount on Winter Book, who will break from post 2.

Iplaytricks won last year’s $170,000 New Mexico Cup Filly and Mare Championship at a mile at Zia.

◗ Show Some Magic, the runner-up in this year’s Grade 3 Sunland Derby, goes in the ninth race, an allowance for 3-year-olds at six furlongs that also drew Black Bear, who was cross-entered in the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup on Sunday. Show Some Magic will be cutting back from two turns. “He hasn’t sprinted in ages,” Dominguez said. “We’re getting him back sprinting. He could be a late-running sprinter.”