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Running Dragon Scores in Shue Fly Stakes
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Adrian Ramos rode second-fastest qualifier Running Dragon to a half-length win in Sunday’s 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.

Saddled by Juan M. Gonzalez for owner By By JJ LLC and aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind, Running Dragon stopped the timer in :19.416 on a sealed track officially labeled “good.” The $96,808 winner’s share of the $205,974 purse increased the homebred gray filly’s earnings to $470,641.

Running Dragon is by Zulu Dragon, a 10-year-old son of all-time leading sire and 1987 world champion First Down Dash and 2003 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) winner Hidden Dragon. Racing in New Mexico from 2009-13, Zulu Dragon banked $180,054 from 29 starts, and his six wins included the 2011 La Plata Stakes (G3) at SunRay Park and the ’12 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park.

Zulu Dragon has sired the earners of more than $795,000 million from two crops. A half brother to stakes winner Heza Wild Dragon, the stallion is owned by a partnership and stands for a $6,000 fee at Bar Y Equine at Berino, New Mexico.

Running Dragon’s dam, Banking Lane, is a homebred 11-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat (TB) stallion Devon Lane (TB). The filly’s third dam, the Disco Jerry (TB) mare Quick Step Disco, won the ’94 Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity (RG3) at Sunland Park.

Running Dragon traces back to her fourth dam, Quickstep Lady, a winning daughter of the Three Oh’s stallion Oh Jet Van and a finalist in the 1986 Sun Country Futurity (G1) at Sunland.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Running Dragon has won eight of 10 starts. The filly began her career with a five-race winning streak that included a half-length victory in the 300-yard, $297,925 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on April 24, and a wire-to-wire, neck score in the 350-yard, $364,256 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs on June 18.

Magnifico Dragon, the 7-10 favorite and fastest qualifier, finished second and was followed by First Kool Moon, Mighty B Dragon, Altitude Project, Moon River, Rockin N Scootin, A Sure First, and Higher Moon. Third-fastest qualifier Flash Em The Jewels was scratched.

A sorrel son of Zulu Dragon campaigned by Daniel Balderrama, Magnifico Dragon was coming off of a 1 3/4 length victory in the fourth of five Shue Fly Stakes trials on December 23. The gelding has won four of nine outs, including the October 30, 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park, and his resume includes a second-place finish to Imperial Eagle in the 440-yard, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park on December 4.

First Kool Moon is a gelded son of champion First Moonflash racing for Jose Luis Ozuna. First Kool Moon has won three of seven starts, and the $22,657 third-place share of the Shue Fly purse pushed his bankroll to $35,785.

In The News

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.

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