Sunday, July 28, 2013
Osaka Moon, a homebred filly by Chicks A Blazin racing for Dosi and Norma Alvarez of La Union, New Mexico, broke her maiden with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in the $20,000 Gwendolyn Eaves Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.
Prepped by Juan M. Gonzalez and ridden by Tanner Thedford, Osaka Moon made her 400-yard trip on a sealed and sloppy track in :19.826. The filly earned an 89 speed index and her first win in two outs.
Osaka Moon's sire, Chicks A Blazin, was a winning son of the Beduino (TB) stallion Chicks Beduino who ran second in Run Em Up's 1995 West Texas Sun Country Futurity (G1) at Sunland Park. His top runners include graded stakes winners Blazin N Shakin, Chicks Goes Steppin, Call Me A Blazn Chic, and DPI Good Boy, and stakes winners Blazin Perfection and Blazin Nights.
Chicks A Blazin stood his entire career at W.L. Mooring's Double LL Farms near Bosque, New Mexico. The stallion euthanized at age 19 in June 2012 due to complications from laminitis.
Osaka Moon's dam, Dash Ta Moon, is a 10-year-old half sister to 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion and Grade 1 winner First Moonflash. Racing in New Mexico from 2005-07, Dash Ta Moon earned $352,305 from 18 starts, and her six wins included the 2005 Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs, and the '07 Lubbock Stakes (G2) for distaffers at Zia Park.
Osaka Moon's second dam, the Major Rime mare Nagano Moon, ran third in a stakes at Sunland Park in 2000. The filly traces back to her third dam, Tilted Moon, a winning New Mexico-bred daughter of the Tilt Up (TB) stallion Tilt The Odds (TB) who ran third in the 1996 Dona Ana County Stakes at Sunland.
The $12,000 winner's share of the Gwendolyn Eaves Stakes purse increased Osaka Moon's bankroll to $12,120. The filly was coming off of a fifth-place finish in her career debut, the fourth of 10 Zia Futurity trials on July 12.
Sent to post at odds of 6-1, Osaka Moon paid $14 to win and teamed with runner-up and 10-1 longshot Moonlight Whoopie for a $263.60 ($2) exacta return. Jess Corona Jr finished third, two lengths behind Osaka Moon, to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $1,453.20.
WDC Vital Sound, Sixes Like A Hawk, Kitty Hoola, Swiss Star, Rowdey, and Deuce Coup completed the order of finish.
Runner-up Moonlight Whoopie was a $3,700 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. A black daughter of Brookstone Bay, Moonlight Whoopie has earned $7,055 from six races for her owners, Elmer Montoya Sr., Alberto Montoya, and Alberto Montoya Jr.
Jess Corona Jr is a bay son of Jesse James Jr campaigned by SMS Racing LLC. The gelding has banked $13,930 from six races, and his race record includes a second-place finish to Kia Won in the 300-yard, $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on April 6.