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Daddys Blushing Wins Mountain Top QH Futurity
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Gary W. Harstack’s Daddys Blushing, the fifth-fastest qualifier, kept his perfect record intact with a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Saturday’s $392,554 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Jackie Riddle, Daddys Blushing covered 350 yards in :17.423 while earning a career-best 97 speed index. The $164,873 winner’s share of the purse from his fourth win in as many outs bumped his bankroll to $183,581.

A resident of Houston, Texas, Hartstack acquired Daddys Blushing for $14,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The bay gelding was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. His sire, Big Daddy Cartel, is a son of Corona Cartel and the graded stakes winning Mr Eye Opener mare Miss Racy Eyes, and he is a half brother to stakes winner Racy La Jolla.

Big Daddy Cartel banked $121,800 from five outs in 2011, and he was a finalist in that season’s All American (G1) and Rainbow (G1) futurities at Ruidoso Downs.Now 8, Big Daddy Cartel has sired the earners of more than $1.03 million from two crops, including A Super Sonic Boom, the winner of last year’s, $101,448 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park, and the graded stakes placed Big Spurs and Peyote Run..

Big Daddy Cartel is owned by and stands for a $3,500 fee at MJ Farms.

Daddys Blushing is out of Sandy June Bug, an unraced 16-year-old daughter of the Bugs Alive In 75 stallion Blushing Bug and a half sister to 2013 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) winner Sandys Jesse. Sandy June Bug has produced two other stakes winners, both of whom are half brothers to Daddys Blushing: Junior June Bug, the winner of the 2012 Mountain Top Futurity (R) and ’13 Zia Derby (RG3), and Hedge Fund, the winner of the 2006 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.

Daddys Blushing’s second dam, the Dash Ta Fame mare Sandys Fame, ran second in Sweet Lil Dasher’s ’97 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG1) at Casper, Wyoming.

Daddys Blushing began his career with a two-race winning streak at Sam Houston Race Park that included a neck score in the 330-yard, $48,360 Sam Houston Juvenile Invitational Stakes on April 29.

Flash Moonfire, the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite in the full field of 10, finished second and was followed by Bigg Daddy, A Passion For Flashn, Frankie James, Tempting Star Gazer, Flashy Tres, Franngelico, Jessa Diva, and Mr Flash The Moolah.

A $27,000 buy at the 2016 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Flash Moonfire races for David G. Valdez of Odessa, Texas, who also campaigned graded stakes winner and 2014 All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Mad About The Moon. Flash Moonfire has won two of four starts and was a finalist in the April 8, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park, and the $70,660 runner-up share of the Mountain Top purse increased the First Moonflash gelding’s earnings to $103,809.

Bigg Daddy races for Too For Two and was a $25,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. A sorrel son of Big Daddy Cartel, the gelding has won one of four outs and has banked $50,873, and he was a finalist in the New Mexican Spring Futurity.

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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.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.

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