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NM-Bred Stakes Tripleheader Set for Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday
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New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds will be in the spotlight at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday, as the track presents three stakes restricted to state-breds -- two for Quarter Horses and one for Thoroughbreds.

Joker’s Touch, a homebred gelding by Touchdown Ky racing for Michael and Jeanne Fuhs and trained by Jose R. Gonzalez Jr., puts his undefeated record on the line in the 1 1/16-mile, $37,000 New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (R) for 3-year-olds. Joker’s Touch has earned $25,270 from two starts, and his two wins include a 1 3/4-length victory as the odds-on favorite in the 6-furlong, $37,000 Don Juan de Onate Stakes (R) at Albuquerque on August 24.

J. Martin Bourdieu will ride Joker’s Touch from post 10 on Saturday.

Jenson’s Miracle, the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, is coming off of a second-place finish to Joker’s Touch in the Don Juan de Onate. A homebred gelding by the Include stallion Rocket Included trained by Johnnie Nall, Jenson’s Miracle has won three of 12 races, including last year’s 1-mile, $120,000 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park, and has earned $159,785 for owner Lucky Six Inc.

The New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes has drawn a field of 11. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Mr. McCoy (Alejandro Medellin, 117), 6-1; Uncle Claude (April Boag, 117), 20-1; Black Canyon (Cesar Ordaz, 117), 6-1; Hay Man Mark (Delano Lucero, 120), 15-1; Leavin Early (David Cardoso, 117), 15-1; Jenson’s Miracle (Enrique Gomez, 118), 3-1; Dandy Guy (Don Frazier, 117), 4-1; Sight Unseen (Chase Clark, 117), 20-1; Siempre Amigos (Enrique Garcia, 117), 20-1; Joker’s Touch (J. Martin Bourdieu, 118), 5-1; Rey Del Mar (John Rochabrun, 117), 10-1.

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Mary Ann Lujan’s Felicias Prettylucky, a homebred daughter of Corona Caliente and fastest qualifier, drew the rail post for Saturday’s 400-yard, $37,000-added New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Trained by Emilio Cadena Jr., Felicias Prettylucky broke her maiden with a 1 1/4-length win in the first of three trials on September 6. Adam Martinez will ride the filly on Saturday.

Miss Tessmocker, a homebred filly by Hard Hitting racing for Denny and Carla Feerer of Los Lunas, New Mexico, will break from post 6 in the Senorita Futurity. Miss Tessmocker has banked $18,880 from four outs, and her race record includes a third-place finish in the 350-yard, $133,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park on May 26.
The complete lineup for the State Fair Senorita Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Felicias Prettylucky (Adam Martinez), 8-1; AJ Hardwood (Benito Baca), 5-1; Zoe (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; My Memory Lane (Flavio Lozano), 8-1; Cartier N Capris (J. Martin Bourdieu), 10-1; Miss Tessmocker (Oscar Cordova), 4-1; Express In (Cody Jensen), 3-1; Moonlight Whoopie (Raul Hernandez), 8-1; Flashie Jackie (Jose Ruiz), 12-1; and Mess Can (Daniel Torres), 12-1.

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Luis Villanueva’s Sassy Moonflash is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 400-yard, $37,000-added New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.

A brown gelding by AQHA champion and first-year sire First Moonflash trained by Kristopher Cordova, Sassy Moonflash ran second, a nose behind Mister Brooks, in the last of three trials on September 6. The gelding has earned $9,885 from four outs, and he was a finalist in the May 26 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Sassy Moonflash drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen on Saturday. His nine opponents include fastest qualifier Downwiththequickness, a homebred gelding by Be Real Quick who has won his last two starts for owner Terry G. Smith; Gary L. Thompson’s Threedeewoodee, a gelding by Woodbridge who ran second, a nose behind winner Heza Wild Dragon, in the June 15, $357,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs; and Alberto R. Montoya’s First Place Moonfast, a First Moonflash gelding who ran second, a head behind winner King Of Pop, in the New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity.

The complete lineup for the State Fair Senor Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Jess Corona Jr (Benito Baca), 12-1; Mister Brooks (Flavio Lozano), 20-1; Sassy Moonflash (Cody Jensen), 5-2; First Place Moonfast (Raul Hernandez), 3-1; Mighty Moonflash (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1; Downwiththequickness (Alonso Rivera), 6-1; Wager On Moonflash (Raul Gutierrez), 10-1; Posies K Won (Noe Garcia), 20-1; Madams First Moon (Adrian Ramos), 8-1; and Threedeewoodee (Manuel Gutierrez), 6-1.

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