Sunday, February 16, 2014
Too Flash For You, a brown gelding by champion First Moonflash racing for Jose R. Espinosa and Jim and Michelle Laird, outran his 19-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $85,320 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Prepped by Wes Giles and ridden by Larry Gamez, Too Flash For You stopped the timer in :18.992 behind an 18-mph tail wind, the second-fastest winning clocking in the 22-year history of the stakes and just 12/100ths of a second off of the stakes record of :18.865 set by Blazin N Shakin in 2008. The gelding’s winning margin was a half of a length from Booyah Bay. Woodys Allstar, a graded stakes winner during the meet and the 8-5 favorite in the full field of 10, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Too Flash For You.
Too Flash For You was bred by Sarah E. Donaldson Rioux, who with her husband, Adam Rioux, owns and operates Born Running Ranch in Deming, New Mexico. The gelding was acquired by Espinosa for $20,000 at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.
Too Flash For You’s sire, First Moonflash, was the 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion and last year’s leading freshman sire. A Grade 1 winning 9-year-old son of the First Down Dash stallion First To Flash, First Moonflash earned $969,828 from 25 starts while racing primarily in New Mexico from 2007-09, and his 14 wins included the 2008 and ’09 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).
First Moonflash is a half brother to graded stakes winners Dash Ta Moon and Moonifisant, and 2012 Rainbow Futurity (G1) runner-up Vancouver Moon. The stallion’s top runners include Handsome Jack Flash, the winner of last year’s $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs and the 2013 champion 2-year-old, and graded stakes winners Mitey Moon and Sassy Moonflash.
Owned by a partnership, First Moonflash is standing the 2014 season for an $8,500 fee at W.L. Mooring’s Double LL Farm in Bosque, New Mexico.
Too Flash For You’s dam, Rare Pie, is a winning 20-year-old daughter of champion Rare Form. The gelding is a half brother to two stakes-placed runners -- RC Chivato Pie, the runner-up in the $100,000 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) at Lethbridge, Alberta, in ’04, and Famous Pie, a colt by Dash Ta Fame who ran second in Seven Coronas’ 2009 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.
Too Flash For You’s second dam, the winning Pie In The Sky mare Afton Pie, produced six winners from eight starters, including Pies Eye Opener, a Mr Eye Opener gelding who won the 2003 Marathon Handicap at SunRay Park. The gelding traces back to his third dam, the stakes-placed Lady Bug’s Moon mare Lady Afton Bug.
All told, Too Flash For You has won two of 10 races, and the $51,000 winner’s share of the NMHBA Stakes purse pushed his bankroll to $105,716. He was coming off of a seventh-place finish as the 10th-fastest qualifier in the 400-yard, $140,583 Sunland Park Winter Futurity (G2) on December 27.
Kia Won, the 5-2 second choice, ran fourth and was followed by Mister Blazin First, Rasberry Cola, Gonna Make You Royal, Kaydns Krusader, Royal Guardians, and Queen But A King.
Runner-up Booyah Bay is a sorrel son of the First Down Dash stallion Brookstone Bay. Acquired by owner James Baucom for $17,000 at the 2012 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the gelding has won three of nine outs and has banked $77,430, and his race record includes a pair of allowance victories during the 2013 Zia Park meet.
Woodys Allstar was making her first start since January 4, when the brown daughter of Woodbridge scored a neck victory as the odds-on favorite in the 400-yard, $290,656 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park. Purchased by owners Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing, and Lee Lewis for $8,000 at the ’12 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, the filly has earned $180,766 from five races.