Wednesday, October 09, 2013
A total of 63 state-bred 2-year-olds, including graded stakes winners Moonifisant and King Of Pop, have been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park.
Moonifisant and King Of Pop, drew posts 1 and 2, respectively, in the last of seven trials. A Sixes Royal colt racing for Peter M. Gallegos, Robert Sanchez, and Patricia Gonzalez, Moonifisant has won three of his four starts, including the April 7, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.
King Of Pop is a homebred Chickie Cherry Cola gelding owned by Verona G. Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico, and trained by her husband, Lonnie Vaughn. King Of Pop will be making his first start since May 26, when he scored a head victory at odds of nearly 14-1 in the 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.
Other prominent 2-year-olds entered in the trials include Kia Won, a gray gelding by champion Ketel Won who won the April 6, $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park for owners Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios; Alberto R. Montoya’s First Place Moonfast, a gray gelded son of champion First Moonflash who ran second to King Of Pop in the New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity; and J and M Racing & Farm’s Kaydns Krusader, a multiple stakes-placed gelding by Sixes Royal who is coming off of a second-place finish to Handsome Jack Flash in the 400-yard, $409,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs on July 28.
The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $350,000-est. New Mexico Cup Futurity final on Sunday, October 27. Trials for the New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) will be run at Zia Park on Sunday.