Friday, May 24, 2013
SunRay Park in Farmington, New Mexico, will present a New Mexico-bred stakes doubleheader as part of its nine-race program on Sunday. Post time for the first race is set for 1 p.m. (MDT).
The first of SunRay's two stakes, the 350-yard, $65,000-added New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3), has a scheduled post time of 2:07 p.m. A full field of 10 state-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses has been entered back, including fastest qualifier AJ Hardwood.
A chestnut daughter of the TR Dasher stallion Hard Hitting, AJ Hardwood races for John E. and Anna Romero and is trained by Fernando Carrete. The filly broke her maiden with a half-length victory in the third of four Breeders' Futurity trials on May 10.
Daniel Torres will ride AJ Hardwood from post 9.
Other New Mexico Breeders' Futurity contenders include second-fastest qualifier and 5-2 morning-line favorite First Place Moonfast. Owned by Alberto R. Montoya and trained by Arturo Chavez, the grey gelding by champion First Moonflash has won two of his three starts, including a Breeders' Futurity trial by a neck. First Place Moonfast will break from post 3 under jockey Daniel Amaya on Sunday.
The complete lineup for the New Mexico Breeders' Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Cashmere (Larry Gamez), 6-1; King Of Pop (Macario Rodriguez), 10-1; First Place Moonfast (Daniel Amaya), 5-2; Miss Tessmocker (Adam Martinez), 12-1; Sassy Moonflash (Esgar Ramirez), 10-1; My Coronita (Alonso Rivera), 20-1; Madams First Moon (Jesse Levario), 8-1; Posies K Won (Manuel Gutierrez), 6-1; AJ Hardwood (Daniel Torres), 3-1; and Just A Memory Chick (Jose D. Ruiz), 20-1.
The New Mexico Breeders' Futurity was first contested at old San Juan Downs in 1985, and it first achieved graded status for its second running at SunRay Park in 2001. Past recent winners of the race include A Streak Regard (2007), Sixy Chamisa ('09), Osbaldo ('11), and Rex Hill ('12).
Also on Sunday, seven state-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings will meet in the 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Dine Stakes (R). Morning-line choice Hush's Storm drew post 2 and will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez, who rode the Attila's Storm gelding in both of his wins at Sunland Park last winter, including the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) on March 24.
An $11,000 buy at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Hush's Storm has earned $103,193 from eight outs for owners Dale Taylor, Joe Dee Brooks, Carey Taylor, and Jon Hogg. Todd Fincher trains the gelding.
Trainer Joel Marr sends out Keagan's Way in the Dine. A homebred gelding by the Giant's Causeway stallion The Way Home, Keagan's Way has won two of eight starts and has banked $44,613 for his owner, Donnell Echols of Lamesa, Texas, and he is coming off of a third-place finish in the New Mexico Breeders' Derby.
Scheduled post time for the Dine Stakes is 3:43. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds – Carmen's Rocket (Larry Gamez), 5-1; Hush's Storm (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 3-1; Attila's Hurricane (Isaias Cardenas), 4-1; Pie Town N M (Ricardo Jaime), 8-1; Keagan's Way (Aldo Arboleda), 7-2; Key To The Venture (Macario Rodriguez), 10-1; and Jacks Party (Enrique Garcia), 7-2.