Sunday, May 26, 2013
King Of Pop, a homebred son of Chickie Cherry Cola racing for Verona Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico, outran his 13-1 odds to win Sunday's $133,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park.
Saddled by Lonnie Vaughn, the owner's husband, and ridden by Macario Rodriguez, King Of Pop stopped the timer in :17.422 while earning a career-best 89 speed index and defeating second-fastest qualifier First Place Moonfast by a head. The $62,510 winner's share of the purse increased the sorrel gelding's earnings to $65,760.
King Of Pop's sire, Chickie Cherry Cola, is a 13-year-old stallion by the late Chicks Beduino who won the Grade 3, $60,480 AQHA Northwest Juvenile Challenge Championship at Les Bois Park in 2002. Chickie Cherry Cola's dam, the Reb's Policy (TB) mare No Policy Limit, won the '83 Governor's Cup Futurity (R) for California-breds during the Fresno District Fair meet.
Chickie Cherry Cola's top runners include Streakin Cherry Cola, the winner of the 2008 Idaho Falls Futurity at Sandy Downs and the runner-up in that season's Diamond Classic Futurity (R) at Wyoming Downs, and the graded stakes placed Chicks Bac Now and Daddies Little Girl. A half brother to 1999 AQHA Challenge Championship (G1) winner Policy Tacs and multiple stakes winner The Quickening, the stallion stood the 2013 season for a $750 fee at C3 Speed Horses in Von Ormy, Texas.
King Of Pop's dam, Queen Lavita, is a homebred winning 9-year-old mare by 1998 AQHA champion aged stallion Dean Miracle. The gelding's second dam, the Florida-bred Kipper Kelly (TB) mare Striking New Idea, won a graded futurity at Delta Downs in Louisiana in 1996.
King Of Pop traces back to his fourth dam, Martini Mongo. A Florida-bred daughter of the Jet Deck stallion Mongo Jet who won a derby at Pompano Park in 1980.
A winner of two his three outs, all at SunRay Park, King Of Pop was coming off of a three-quarter length victory in the first of four New Mexico Breeders' Futurity trials on May 10. The gelding was the seventh-fastest qualifier to the final.
King Of Pop returned a $29.80 win mutuel and teamed with First Place Moonfast, the 3-1 second choice in the full field of 10, for a $2 exacta payoff of $213.40. Miss Tessmocker, a 16-1 longshot and the sixth-fastest qualifier, ran third to complete a $1,507.40 ($2) trifecta.
Cashmere, Sassy Moonflash, My Coronita, fastest qualifier and 5-2 favorite AJ Hardwood, Posies K Won, Madams First Moon, and Just A Memory Chick completed the order of finish.
First Place Moonfast, a $2,200 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, has won two of his four starts and has banked $33,415 for owner Alberto R. Montoya. The gray gelded son of 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash was coming off of a neck win in the second Breeders' Futurity trial.
Miss Tessmocker has earned $14,980 from two outs for owners Denny and Carla Feerer of Los Lunas, New Mexico, who also bred the bay daughter of the TR Dasher stallion Hard Hitting. The filly ran third, three-quarters of a length behind fastest qualifier AJ Hardwood, in the third trial.
The New Mexico Breeders' Futurity began its history in 1986, when Say It Simple, a Real Easy Jet filly owned and trained by Shawn Clark, earned the winner's share of a $26,341 purse at old San Juan Downs. The stakes first achieved graded status in 2001, its second running at SunRay Park. Past winners of the race include A Streak Regard ('07), stakes-record holder Sixy Chamisa ('09), Osbaldo ('11), and Rex Hill ('12).