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NM-Bred Too Flash For You Wins Grade 1, $1.9-Million All American Derby
RSS Feeds Sunday, August 31, 2014


Too Flash For You, a New Mexico-bred gelded son of First Moonflash and the seventh-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday’s 440-yard, $1,920,887 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Larry Gamez and trained by Wes Giles for owners Jose R. Espinosa and Jim and Michelle Laird, Too Flash For You covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.305 and earned a 92 speed index. In addition to the $806,773 winner’s share of the purse, the gelding earned a starting berth in the December 13, $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) -- the sport’s richest and most prestigious race for older horses -- at Los Alamitos.

Too Flash For You was coming off of a three-quarter length win in the second of 12 All American Derby trials on August 16. The gelding was bred by Sarah Donaldson-Rioux, who with her husband, Adam Rioux, own and operate Born Running Ranch in Deming, New Mexico.

Too Flash For You’s sire, First Moonflash, is a Grade 1-winning 9-year-old son of champion First To Flash and was last year’s leading freshman sire. Racing from 2007-09, First Moonflash won 14 of 25 races and earned $969,828, and he was the AQHA champion aged stallion in ’09.

First Moonflash’s runners include Handsome Jack Flash, the winner of last year’s All American Futurity (G1) and the AQHA champion 2-year-old, and graded stakes winners Mitey Moon, Sassy Moonflash, and Mighty Moonflash. The stallion is owned by a partnership, and he stood the 2014 season for an $8,500 fee at W.L. Mooring’s Double LL Ranch in Bosque, New Mexico.

Too Flash For You’s dam, Rare Pie, is a winning daughter of 1992 champion 3-year-old Rare Form. Now 20, Rare Pie was a finalist in Darkelly’s ’96 Blue Ribbon Futurity (G1) in Oklahoma.

Too Flash For You traces back to his third dam, the winning and stakes placed Lady Bug’s Moon mare Lady Afton Bug.

Racing exclusively in New Mexico, Too Flash For You has won five of 13 starts and has banked $942,189, of which $887,473 has been earned this season. The gelding has won four consecutive races, including the 400-yard, $85,320 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on February 16, and the 400-yard, $45,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park on May 18.

Too Flash For You was also a finalist in four futurities last year; the best finish he could muster was a fourth in the 350-yard, $357,030 Mountain Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs.

Five Bar Cartel finished second and was followed by third-fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite Houdini, fastest qualifier Big Dashing Perry, Mon Ti Dash, J Bar, Kates Dynasty, The Ultimate Eagle, and Down Side Magician. Eighth-fastest qualifier Potenzza was scratched.

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