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NM-Bred Sophomore Too Flash For You Makes $1.9-million All American Derby Final
RSS Feeds Sunday, August 17, 2014

Too Flash For You, a graded stakes winning New Mexico-bred son of First Moonflash, is the seventh-fastest qualifier for the Grade 1, $1,920,887 All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs on August 31.

Racing for owners Jose R. Espinosa and Jim and Michelle Laird, Too Flash For You won the second of 12 trials on Saturday, as he covered 440 yards in :21.375 while defeating Catch Billy The Kid by three-quarters of a length. Larry Gamez rode the gelding for trainer Wes Giles.

Too Flash For You was bred by Sarah Donaldson-Rioux, who with her husband, Adam Rioux, own and operate Born Running Ranch in Deming, New Mexico. Two New Mexico-breds made Ruidoso Downs’ richest Labor Day weekend races, as Mad About the Moon on Friday recorded the seventh-fastest qualifying time for the $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) -- Quarter Horse racing’s richest and most prestigious race -- on September 1.

And Donaldson-Rioux had a hand in both the breeding and raising of both Too Flash For You and Mad About The Moon. A gelded son of First Moonflash, Mad About The Moon was bred by the Hughes Donaldson Horse Company.

Donaldson-Rioux acquired Rare Pie, the dam of Too Flash For You, from Ron Cameron for $15,000. A native of Deming whose father, J.W. Donaldson, was one of the first chile farmers in New Mexico, she bought an existing farm in Deming in 2004 and renamed it Born Running Ranch.

Sitting on more than 80 acres, Born Running Ranch features a 16-stall barn, large grazing pastures and smaller grassy paddocks equipped with foal-safe fencing for mare and foal turnout, lighted pens, isolation areas to prevent and control disease, and a round pen and walker for yearling training. The ranch stands three stallions -- Quarter Horse Coronas Blackdiamond and Thoroughbreds Red Sky Dubai and Delhomme.

Donaldson-Rioux graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine Science in 1999. She and her husband will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on August 22. They had their first child last summer.

Too Flash For You was making his first start since May 18, when he sprinted to a neck victory as the 7-2 favorite in the 400-yard, $45,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park in Farmington. All told, the gelding has won four of 12 races, including two stakes, and he has earned $135,416.

Fastest qualifier Big Dashing Perry won the first trial by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey G.R. Carter Jr. for the Louisiana-bred gelding’s fifth victory in seven outs. Toby Keeton prepped Big Dashing Perry for owners Grant Farms LLC, Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett.
The complete list of qualifiers for the All American Derby appear below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)




G, Mr Jess Perry-Marcys Dashin Bye by Dashin Bye

Grant Farms LLC, Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett

Grant Farms LLC (LA)

Toby Keeton


F, FDD Dynasty-Jennifer Kate by Vital Sign

B.G. Smith, J.P. Windham, and Pat D. Guthrie

Jerry Windham (TX)

Michael Joiner


G, Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash

Ellen Kennedy Living Trust

Ellen Kennedy (OK)

Luis Villafranco


G, Jess Zoomin-The Jubilee Diamond by Runaway Winner

Jerry Windham

Jerry Windham (TX)

Michael Joiner


G, One Famous Eagle-Ladys Heart Of Gold by Strawfly Special

Ed Melzer

Christine Hudson(TX)

Eddie Willis


G, The Down Side-Slide Of Hand by Favorite Trick (TB)

R.D. Hubbard and J Bar 7 Ranch LLC

R.D. Hubbard and J. Jones Jr. Int. Ltd. (TX)

C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath


G, First Moonflash-Rare Pie by Rare Form

Jose R. Espinosa and Jim & Michelle Laird

Sarah E. Donaldson(NM)

Wes Giles


F, Mr Jess Perry-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash

Jorge Haddad

Jorge Haddad (TX)

Paul Jones


C, Corona Cartel-Five Bar Molly by Dash Ta Fame

San Gregorio Racing Stable Inc.

Esmeralda Flores (CA)

James J. Gonzales


C, First Down Dash-Mon Ti Fleur by Mr Jess Perry

Ponderosa Ranch of PC Inc. and MCM Farms LLC

Vessels Stallion Farm LLC (CA)

C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath


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