Sunday, June 16, 2013
Second-fastest qualifier Heza Wild Dragon, a sorrel gelding by Genuine Strawfly owned and trained by Kristopher Cordova, got up at the wire to win Saturday's $357,030 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by Esgar Ramirez, Heza Wild Dragon covered 350 yards in :17.326 while earning a 97 speed index and defeating sixth-fastest qualifier Threedeewoodee by a nose. The winner's share of the purse increased the gelding's bankroll to $152,053 from two outs.
Heza Wild Dragon was bred by Rafter W Stables. The gelding's sire, Genuine Strawfly, is a 14-year-old son of the Special Effort stallion Strawfly Special and a half brother to Corona High, the winner of the 2008 La Plata Stakes (G3) at SunRay Park.
Racing from 2001-02, Genuine Strawfly earned $181,091 from 11 starts, and his four wins included the 2002 All American (G1) and Ruidoso (G2) derbies at Ruidoso Downs. The stallion's top runners include multiple graded stakes winners One Diamond Kitty, Here Kittykittykitty, Jenuine Joy, and Genuine American.
Genuine Strawfly is owned by J & L Stables LLC, and he stands for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell, New Mexico.
Heza Wild Dragon's dam, Hidden Dragon, is a 12-year-old daughter of 1998 AQHA champion aged stallion Dean Miracle who won the '03 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) at Sunland Park in just her third lifetime out.
Heza Wild Dragon sold for $15,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding's race record includes a has won both of his starts, including the last of 10 Mountain Top Futurity trials on May 31.
Kaydns Krusader finished third, a neck behind runner-up Threedeewoodee, and was followed by Too Flash For You, Jesses Serenade, fastest qualifier Mitey Moon, Wager On Moonflash, Corona Southerndream, and Chicks Come First. Third-fastest qualifier Patrick James was scratched.
Threedeewoodee has won two of four races and has banked $113,123 for owner Gary L. Thompson, who acquired the brown gelded son of Woodbridge for $39,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale. Threedeewoodee was coming off of a 2 3/4-length win as the 3-5 favorite in the fourth Mountain Top trial.
A $17,000 buy at the New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Kaydns Krusader has earned $43,343 from four outs for Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas. The gray gelding by the Royal Quick Dash stallion Sixes Royal ran third, a neck behind winner Kia Won, in the April 6, $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park.