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Major Moonflash is Morning Line Favorite in Jimmy Drake Stakes
RSS Feeds Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Major Moonflash, a 4-year-old son of champion First Moonflash racing for Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque, is one of six New Mexico-bred sprinters entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $30,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Major Moonflash will be making his first start since December 19, when he ran second, a half of a length behind winner Osbaldo, in the 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park. Trained by Jill Giles, the gelding is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which he earned $199,481 and scored a one-length win in the 440-yard, $178,000 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.

Major Moonflash is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu.

Other contenders include Yaneth Cabrera’s A Blazin Flash and Juan E. Poblano’s Justified By Chicks. A gray son of Chicks A Blazin and the lone 3-year-old in the field, A Blazin Flash ran fourth, a half of a length behind winner Carson City Girl, in the 400-yard, $40,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) for state-bred sophomores on May 13. The gelding has won three of 11 starts and has banked $54,800.

Jose Luis Enriquez will ride A Blazin Flash from post 6 for trainer Ron Stephens.

Justified By Chicks drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz for trainer Raul Vega. A 6-year-old gray gelding by Chicks A Blazin, Justified By Chicks will be making his first official start since January 16, when he ran second in a 350-yard allowance-optional claiming ($40,000) dash at Sunland Park.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds-- JJs Fast Cash RF (Jose Daniel Ruiz), 6-1; Klassic Strawfly (Alejandro Medellin), 6-1; Downwiththequickness (Alonso Rivera), 9-2; Major Moonflash (J. Martin Bourdieu), 2-1; Justified By Chicks (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 7-2; and A Blazin Flash (Jose Luis Enriquez), 7-2.

The Jimmy Drake Stakes annually honors the memory of the longtime Farmington resident, who died in 2011. Drake served as president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association, as well as on the state racing commission from 1980-85, and he was instrumental in the opening of San Juan Downs in ’85.

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