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Kia Won Breaks Maiden in New Mexico Spring Fling
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L. Salvador Martinez rode Kia Won to the colt's first victory in Saturday's $50,000 New Mexico Spring Fling Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park.

Trained by Eduardo Gonzalez for owners Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios, Kia Won covered his 300-yard trip in :14.939, and his winning margin was a nose from Jess Corona Jr. The $30,000 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $30,850 from two starts.

Kia Won was bred by Mr. and Mrs R.C. Jones, and the colt was acquired by Rios for $5,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Kia Won's sire, Ketel Won, earned $651,740 from 19 starts while racing from 2005-08, and his eight wins included the 2007 Championship at Sunland Park (G1), and the Zia Park Championship (G1) in 2007 and '08.

A 10-year-old son of 2001 AQHA champion 3-year-old Stoli, Ketel Won was the AQHA champion aged horse in '07. The stallion's top runners include An Absolut Diamond, a 3-year-old gelding who ran third in the January 5, $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park, and Won For The Road, a 3-year-old who finished second to Im Rowdy James in last year's $73,660 Cherry Creek Futurity (RG3) for Colorado-breds at Arapahoe Park near Denver.

Ketel Won is owned by Chad Hart, and he stands for a $1,500 fee at Hart Farms in Kaplan, Louisiana.

Kia Won's dam, Major Kia, is a winning 12-year-old daughter of the Rime stallion Major Rime. The mare has foaled four winners from as many starters, including RCJ Major Storm, a colt by Brookstone Bay who won last year's 400-yard, $50,000 Hard Twist Stakes (RG3) during the Lineage Day program at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Kia Won traces back to his third dam, Rule The Deck, a New Mexico-bred mare by Scout Leader (TB) and a multiple stakes winner in New Mexico and Texas from 1980-83. Rule The Deck produced Kuhi Kuhi, a New Mexico-bred daughter of Ronas Ryon who banked $159,925 from 1994-98 and won the 1996 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Kia Won was coming off of a third-place finish behind Threedeewoodee and Too Flash For You in the second of 10 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials on March 15. Sent to post at odds of nearly 6-1 in the Spring Fling, the colt returned a $13.60 win mutuel and teamed with Jess Corona Jr, a 10-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $190.20. Kaydns Krusader, the 4-1 second choice in the full field of 10, finished third to complete a $329 ($1) trifecta.

El Caguamon, James D Man, My Chunk Of Change, Rimein N Singin, Jesses Serenade, 8-5 favorite Sally Jesse Rafaela, and Royal Guardians completed the order of finish.

A bay son of Jesse James Jr campaigned by SMS Racing LLC, Jess Corona Jr was three weeks removed from a third-place run in the sixth New Mexican Spring Futurity trial. The colt has earned $11,550 from three outs.

Kaydns Krusader races for Javier Marquez's J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, which acquired the gray Sixes Royal gelding for $17,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale. Kaydns Krusader has banked $6,870 from two starts, and he was coming off of a second-place finish to Unseen Version in the eighth Spring Futurity trial.

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