Sunday, April 07, 2013
Fastest qualifier Moonifisant overcame a less-than-perfect start to win the 300-yard, $231,348 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Prepped by Juan M. Gonzalez and ridden by Jaime Leos for owners Peter B. Gallegos, Robert Sanchez, and Patricia Gonzalez, Moonifsant made his 300-yard trip in :14.706, and his margin of victory was a half of length from fourth-fastest qualifier Threedeewoodee. The colt's clocking broke by 12/100ths of a second the stakes record set by the Jesse James Jr colt Osbaldo in 2011.
Moonifisant was bred by Dosi and Norma Alvarez of La Union, New Mexico. The colt's sire, Sixes Royal, is a 12-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion Royal Quick Dash who won the 2004 Sam Houston Derby (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park and was a finalist in By By JJ's '03 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Sixes Royal has sired the earners of more than $4 million, including multiple graded stakes winners Streak Of Sixes and Sixy Chamisa, and multiple 870-yard stakes winner KC Royal Flush, A half brother to Grade 3 winner Four Six Dash, Sixes Royal is owned by a partnership, and he stands for a $2,500 fee at W.L. Mooring's Double LL Farms in Bosque, New Mexico.
Moonifisant's dam, Nagano Moon, is a winning 15-year-old daughter of Major Rime who ran third in Bedarina's 2000 New Mexico Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. The mare has produced three stakes winners, both of whom are half siblings to Moonifisant – First Moonflash, a stallion by First To Flash who was the AQHA champion aged stallion in 2009, and Dash Ta Moon, a filly by the late Dash Ta Fame who won the '07 Lubbock Stakes (G2) for distaffers at Zia Park.
Moonifisant's second dam, the winning and stakes-placed Tilt The Odds (TB) mare Tilt The Moon, produced Moon Shake, a half brother to Nagano Moon who won the 2003 Manor Downs (G2) and Longhorn (G3) derbies in Texas.
A winner of all three of his races, Moonifisant was coming off of a three-length victory as the 4-5 favorite in the last of 10 New Mexican Spring Futurity trials on March 15. The colt began his career on March 1, scoring a neck victory against state-bred maiden special weight company.
The $108,775 winner's share of the Spring Futurity purse pushed Moonifsant's bankroll to $125,875. Sent to post as the 19-10 choice in the full field of 10, Moonifsant returned a $5.80 win mutuel. Threedeewoodee, a 16-1 longshot, finished second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $67.60.
Second-fastest qualifier Woodys Allstar ran third, 1 ¾ lengths behind Moonifisant, and was followed by Spiced Swissle, Patrick James, Jess Sandy Jr, Queen But A King, Unseen Version, Call Me Blazin, and Too Flash For You.
A $39,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Threedeewoodee has earned $46,758 from two outs for his owner, Gary L. Thompson. The brown gelding by the unraced Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge was coming off of a half-length victory in the second Spring Futurity trial.
Woodys Allstar was three weeks removed from a 1 1/2-length win as the 6-5 favorite in the fourth Spring Futurity trial. An $8,000 purchase at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, the brown daughter of Woodbridge has banked $30,558 from two races for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing, and Lee Lewis.