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Running Dragon Wins New Mexican Spring Futurity
RSS Feeds Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Running Dragon remained undefeated following her half-length victory in the April 24, $297,925 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz and aided by a 15-mph tail wind, Running Dragon made her 300-yard trip in :15.104 while scoring her second win in as many outs. Juan M. Gonzalez prepped the homebred gray daughter of Zulu Dragon for the By By JJ Limited Partnership.

Running Dragon was coming off of a half-length win in her career debut, the fifth of seventh Spring Futurity trials on April 8. The filly’s sire, Zulu Dragon, is a 9-year-old son of all-time leading sire and 1987 world champion First Down Dash and Hidden Dragon, a mare by champion Dean Miracle and winner of the ’03 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1).

Racing exclusively in New Mexico from 2009-13, Zulu Dragon earned $180,054 from 29 starts, and his six wins included the 2011 La Plata Stakes (G3) at SunRay Park and James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) the following year. A half brother to 2013 Mountain Top Futurity (R) winner Heza Wild Dragon and two-time Grade 1 futurity finalist Misty Blue Mercedes, the stallion is owned by the 21 Partnership and stands for a $6,000 fee at Rancho el 21 in Chihauhua, Mexico.

Running Dragon’s dam, Banking Lane, is a 10-year-old mare by the Storm Cat (TB) stallion Devon Lane (TB). The filly’s second dam, Banking Disco, is a winning daughter of the Dash For Cash stallion Strait To The Bank.

Running Dragon traces back to her third dam, Quick Step Disco, a mare by Disco Jerry (TB) who was a graded stakes winner at Sunland Park in ’94.

The $140,025 winner’s share of the New Mexican Spring Futurity purse pushed Running Dragon’s earnings to $145,380. Despite her status as the fastest qualifier, the filly was sent to post as the 9-2 fourth choice in the wagering and returned a $11 win mutuel. Runner-up Big Spurs, the second-fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite, completed a $2 exacta dividend of $43.20.

Dramatic Moon ran third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Running Dragon, and was followed by Daddy Queen Cartel, Peyote Run, Cowgirlsalady, Daddys Allstar, Disco Dragon, and Buildem Fast. Eighth-fastest qualifier Heza Harley Chick was scratched.

Big Spurs is a gray colt by the Corona Cartel stallion Big Daddy Cartel campaigned by Astorga Racing LLC. Big Spurs has won one of two outs, and the $53,626 runner-up share of the Spring Futurity purse boosted his bankroll to $58,981.

A gelded son of champion First Moonflash, Dramatic Moon banked $32,771 to increase his earnings to $34,735 from two races. Dramatic Moon races for Jose Espinosa, Jim Laird, Ezra Lee, and Cindy Bennett.

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