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NM-Bred Mad About The Moon Qualifies to $2.6-Million All American Futurity
RSS Feeds Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mad About The Moon, a registered New Mexico-bred gelding by First Moonflash racing for David G. Valdez, will make his next start in the September 1, $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Racing in the seventh of 14 trials on Friday, Mad About The Moon ran second, a nose behind Bodacious Eagle. The gelding, who covered his 440-yard trip in :21.442, was ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr. for trainer Gene Burden, and he posted the seventh-fastest qualifying time.

Mad About The Moon was acquired by Valdez from breeders Hughes Donaldson Horse Company for $5,000 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. He has earned $6,748 from three starts, all at the current Ruidoso meet.

Fastest qualifier Exquisite Stride won the second trial on Friday. Ridden by Jimmy Brooks for owner D & S Racing LLC and trainer Eddie Willis, the California-bred Carters Cartel colt defeated Jessbye Marcy by 1 1/4 lengths in :21.313 while scoring his second victory in as many starts.

Exquisite Stride was a $20,000 buy at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

The complete list of qualifiers for the All American Futurity, Quarter Horse racing’s richest and most prestigious race for 2-year-olds, appears below:

Horse(Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)



C, Carters Cartel-Tinys Lil Jess by Mr Jess Perry

D&S Racing LLC

John Andreini (CA)

Eddie Willis


G, FDD Dynasty-Hollywood A List by Heza Fast Man

Patrick D. Guthrie, Billy G. Smith, Paul Blanchard, and Fred Grooms

Bielau Oaks (OK)

Michael Joiner


C, PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Fancy by Mr Jess Perry

Dustin Cox

Weetona Stanley and William G. Smith (OK)

Paul Jones


C, Apollitical Jess-Brazilian Dasher by Fishers Dash

Rancho El Cabresto Inc.

Bruce & Jill Thompson (CA)

Juan Aleman


F, Walk Thru Fire-This Snow Is Cold by This Snow Is Royal

Armando Luis Moya

Los Ladrilleros Horse Racing Co.(TX)

Umberto Belloc


G, One Famous Eagle-Bodacious Dream by Corona Cartel

Johnny Trotter

La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC (CA)

Blane Wood


G, First Moonflash-Streaking Power by I Be Streakin

David G. Valdez

Hughes Donaldson Horse Company(NM)

Gene L. Burden


G, Valiant Hero-Bourbonstreetchick by Chicks Beduino

Terry Baber

Paris Wixon (OK)

Blane Wood


G, Volcom-Lethal Delight by Dean Miracle

J&M Racing and Farm

P.K. Thomas (OK)

Umberto Belloc


G, Tempting Dash-Dashingfordestiny by Mr Jess Perry

Mark J. Allen, Leonard P. Blach, Henry Southway, and Linda Joiner

Kirk M. Goodfellow(TX)

Michael Joiner


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Sunday, October 15, 2017
RC Racing LLC’s A Passion For Flashn won the second of seven New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park on Saturday, and the First Moonflash colt is the fastest qualifier to the October 29, $325,000-est. final.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Graded stakes winners Running Dragon and Magnifico Dragon are among the 30 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 440-yard New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) trials at Zia Park.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Moneys A Maker, a graded stakes winning son of Sixes Royal owned by Enrique Barrera, is one of 62 state-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park.

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