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All American Derby Trials Feature Six Registered New Mexico-Breds
RSS Feeds Thursday, August 17, 2017
Six registered New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds are among the 116 hopefuls entered in Sunday’s 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The All American Derby is the sport’s richest race for 3-year-olds, and it offers its winner a berth in this year’s Grade 1, 440-yard Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos. The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday’s 13 heats will meet in the September 3, $1,365,907 All American Derby final.

Post time for the first race on Sunday is 1 p.m. (MDT). Here’s a closer look at the New Mexico-breds entered in the trials:

RECIFE (2nd race; owner Valle Guadiana Corporation; trainer Juan M. Gonzalez): A gray son of champion First Moonflash, this gelding has earned $16,438 from five races. He made his last start in a 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) trial on July 15.

CARTELS STAR DADDY (4th race; owners Jimmy Negrete, Dinah Negrete, and Angela Vasquez; trainer Juan M. Gonzalez): An earner of $51,495 from six starts, this Big Daddy Cartel gelding was a finalist in last year’s $409,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs and $310,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park. Cartels Star Daddy made his 3-year-old season debut with a sixth-place finish in a 400-yard second-level allowance dash on July 23.

FIRST KOOL MOON (5th race; owner Jose Luis Ozuna; trainer Jimmy Padgett): First Kool Moon faces 3-year-olds again off of his neck victory at odds of 11-1 in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) on July 30. The First Moonflash gelding has banked $66,155 from 10 outs, and his resume includes a third-place finish in the January 15, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park.

MIGHTY B DRAGON (7th race; owner 21 Partnership; trainer Antoinette Gonzales): A homebred son of Zulu Dragon, Mighty B Dragon has won two of eight races and has earned $36,514. The gelding ran fourth, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Running Dragon, in this year’s Shue Fly Stakes.

FLASH FOR CORONA (11th race; owner Martin Ibarra; trainer Albert Franco): A maiden, Flash For Corona has banked $21,963 from eight starts, all in New Mexico. The First Moonflash colt was a $44,000 yearling buy at the 2015 New Mexico-Bred Sale, and he was a finalist in last year’s Zia Futurity.

MACHISMO MOON (13th race; owners Ramon Alvarez, Joe Alvarez, and Ysabel Medrano; trainer Seth Ferguson): The runner-up to Hot Indy Chick in last year’s Zia Futurity, Machismo Moon has won three of nine outs and has earned $98,507. The homebred Heza Motor Scooter gelding ran sixth as the fastest qualifier in last year’s inaugural $224,558 La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque Downs.

In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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