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Fastest Qualifier Flash Moonfire Draws Post 9 for Rich Mountain Top QH Futurity
RSS Feeds Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Flash Moonfire, a gelded son of champion First Moonflash campaigned by David G. Valdez of Odessa, Texas, drew post 9 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $392,255 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.

Flash Moonfire is coming off of a one-length victory as the 1-2 favorite in the second of 12 trials on June 2. Trained by Juan Esquivel, the gelding has earned $33,149 from three outs, and his resume includes a fourth-place finish, one length behind winner Moneys A Maker, in the April 8, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Oscar Cordova will ride Flash Moonfire on Saturday.

Daddys Blushing, an undefeated son of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Jackie Riddle for owner Gary W. Hartstack, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon. Daddys Blushing has banked $18,708 from three races, and he is coming off of a spring campaign during which he scored a neck victory in the 330-yard, $48,000 Sam Houston Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

Other contenders include morning-line favorite Tempting Star Gazer and Bigg Daddy. Trained by Wes Giles for owners Jose R. Espinosa and Jill Giles, Tempting Star Gazer broke his maiden with a 1 3/4-length win in the 11th Mountain Top trial. The First Moonflash gelding, who was purchased for $23,000 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, drew post 8 and will be ridden by Cipriano Vidana.

Giles will also send out Bigg Daddy, a sorrel son of Big Daddy Cartel and AQHA champion Alice K White and the second-fastest qualifier, for owner Too For Two. A finalist in the New Mexican Spring Futurity, the gelding has banked $11,618 from three races, and he is a half brother to 2015 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Astica.

Bigg Daddy was a $25,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jessa Diva (Alfredo Sigala), 8-1
A Passion For Flashn (Manuel Gutierrez), 15-1
Daddys Blushing (Francisco Calderon), 7-2
Flashy Tres (G.R. Carter Jr.), 20-1
Franngelico (Tanner Thedford), 12-1
Mr Flash The Moolah (Esgar Ramirez), 15-1
Frankie James (Jaime Parga Leos), 10-1
Tempting Star Gazer (Cipriano Vidana), 3-1
Flash Moonfire (Oscar Cordova), 9-2
Bigg Daddy (Adrian Ramos), 6-1

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