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Filly by Hard Hitting Is Fastest New Mexico Breeders' Futurity Qualifier
RSS Feeds Friday, May 10, 2013
AJ Hardwood, a homebred filly by the TR Dasher stallion Hard Hitting racing for John and Anna Romero, is the fastest qualifier for the May 26, $150,000-est. New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Prepped by Fernando Carrete and ridden by Daniel Torres, AJ Hardwood broke her maiden with a half-length victory in the third of four trials on Friday. The filly covered her 350-yard trip in :17.844 and earned a 77 speed index.

AJ Hardwood was coming off of a fifth-place finish against state-bred maidens in her career debut on April 19. She has banked $2,330 from two outs.

Second-fastest qualifier First Place Moonfast won heat 2 by a neck in :17.909. Ridden by Daniel Amaya for owner Alberto R. Montoya and trainer Arturo Chavez, the gray gelding by AQHA champion First Moonflash was posting her second win in three starts.

First Place Moonflash was bred by Mike Abraham, who bred five of the 10 finalists.

The complete list of qualifiers to this year's New Mexico Breeders' Futurity appears below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)



F, Hard Hitting-Lady Woodbridge by Woodbridge

John E. & Anna Romero

John E. & Anna Romero (NM)

Fernando Carrete


G, First Moonflash-Go Places Fast by Fishers Dash

Alberto R. Montoya

Mike Abraham (NM)

Arturo Chavez


F, Chicks A Blazin-Jess Satin by Mr Jess Perry

Gary L. Thompson

Mike Abraham (NM)

Dick Powell


G, Ketel Won-Posies by Calyx

Leighann Kovac and David Bloomer

David Bloomer (NM)

Cynthia Gonzalez


C, First Moonflash-Madam Math by Raise A Secret

Luis Villanueva

Mike Abraham (NM)

Kristopher Cordova


F, Hard Hitting-SM Whistle Britches by Royal Quick Dash

Denny & Carla Feerer

Denny & Carla Feerer

Dominic Duree


C, Chickie Cherry Cola-Queen Lavita by Dean Miracle

Verona G. Vaughn

Verona G. Vaughn (NM)

Lonnie Vaughn


G, First Moonflash-Sass That Chick by Chicks A Blazin

Luis Villanueva

Mike Abraham (NM)

Kristopher Cordova


F, Lordly Way-Lady Chimes by Chimes Band (TB)

Hubaldo Solis

Hubaldo Solis (NM)

Omar Gutierrez


F, Chicks A Blazin-Streakin Memory by Leaving Memories

Ruben & Samantha Leyba

Mike Abraham (NM)

Ruben Leyba Jr.


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