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Mountain Moon Flash Returns in New Mexican Spring Futurity Trials
RSS Feeds Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mountain Moon Flash, a maiden special weight winner in his debut on March 3, will make his next start in Friday’s 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trials at Sunland Park.

The 3-1 morning-line favorite in the third of nine trials, Mountain Moon Flash is one of 85 state-bred juveniles entered in Friday’s trials. Mountain Moon Flash is a gelded son of champion First Moonflash owned by Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell, and trainer Paul Jones. The gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera.

Other prominent New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered include Bigg Daddy, a sorrel son of Big Daddy Cartel and champion Alice K White trained by Wes Giles for owner Too For Too, and Daddys Leader, a Big Daddy Cartel gelding owned and trained by Juan M. Esquivel.

A $25,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Bigg Daddy is a half brother to 2015 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Astica. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos in the sixth trial.

Daddys Leader drew post 10 and will be ridden by Daniel Amaya in the second trial. A $20,000 yearling buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale, the gelding is out of Leading Diva, a graded stakes winning daughter of world champion Special Leader, and he is a half brother to the stakes placed Veyron and Leading Talent.

Moneys A Maker, the runner-up to Mountain Moon Flash in the March 3 maiden-special-weight dash at Sunland, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo for owner Enrique Barrera and trainer Cynthia Gonzalez. A gray son of Sixes Royal, he was acquired for $4,000 at last year’s New Mexico-bred sale, and he is out of the winning First Smart Money mare Money Smart Gal.

Trainer Justin Joiner will send out a pair of 2-year-olds, including Vintage Corazon. A gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel racing for R.D. Hubbard and Paul Blanchard, the filly was a $20,000 yearling buy at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Sale.

Vintage Corazon is the 3-1 morning-line choice in the fourth heat. Salvador Martinez will ride the filly.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the April 8, $300,000-est. New Mexican Spring Futurity final.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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