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All American Futurity Qualifier: Mad About The Moon

MAD ABOUT THE MOON
Bay gelding, First Moonflash-Streaking Power by I Be Streakin

Race Record: 3-1-1-0 $6,748
Breeder: Hughes Donaldson Horse Company
Owner: David Valdez
Trainer: Gene Burden
Qualifying Jockey: Sergio Becerra Jr.
Qualifying Time: :21.442      

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Race record: Making his third career start, Mad About The Moon finished second to Bodacious Eagle in the seventh heat on the second day of the All American trials. Mad About The Moon finished fourth in his first race, a May 30 trial to the Mountain Top Futurity (RG3), and then returned to win against maiden company on July 21.

Pedigree: The multiple track-record-setting First Moonflash ($969,828) was the champion aged stallion in 2009, when he set the :20.274 quarter-mile world record in the Bank Of America New Mexico Championship Challenge (G1) at Sunland Park and also won his second consecutive running of The Championship At Sunland Park (G1). The now 9-year-old son of champion First To Flash was the leading freshman sire last year, when he was represented at stud by the earners of $2,243,679, including champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash ($1,484,971). Now, from 109 starters in two crops raced, First Moonflash has sired six other stakes winners and the earners of more than $2.89 million.

Mad About The Moon is one of three winners and the earners of more than $187,000 from seven starters out of the winning I Be Streakin mare Streaking Power ($12,437). Mad About The Moon is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Southern Cartel gelding Cartel Power ($155,676), who finished third in Rabbit Revival’s New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG1). Streaking Power is one of two stakes winners, six other winners and the earners of more than $926,000 from 12 starters out of the winning Pyromaniac mare Pyro Power, dam of Ongoing Ta Fame ($644,746, by Dash Ta Fame)  and I Be Dreamin ($79,532, by I Be Streakin).

Breeder: Mad About The Moon is the first starter from five named foals bred by Larry and Sarah Donaldson’ Hughes Donaldson Horse Company of Deming, New Mexico.

Owner: David Valdez of Odessa, Texas, purchased Mad About The Moon for $5,000 at the 2013 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Valdez has four winners from five horses that have started on the track this season, including the 3-year-old Chicks A Blazin filly One Lethal Blaze ($98,870), who on January 4 was fourth in the $290,656 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) and on April 12 won the $85,320 Sunburst Stakes (R), both at Sunland Park.

Trainer: Gene Burden has sent out the winners of 64 races and the earners of more than $1.21 million from 620 starts. He scored his first graded stakes win on April 14 of this year, with Boi George in the West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park, and on July 20 sent out Boi George in the Rainbow Futurity (G1).

Jockey: Sergio P. Becerra has ridden 55 winners and the earners of more than $923,000 from 385 mounts since 2010. He scored his first two stakes wins on April 12 this year, when Gene Burden sent him out on One Lethal Blaze in the Sunburst Stakes (R) at Sunland Park and on Redneck Baptism in the West Texas Juvenile Stakes (R).