Starr Western Wear Stakes

Starr Western Wear Stakes

Favored Freedom Flash wins Saturday's 870-yard feature at Sunland Park.

Freedom Flash. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in a full field of eight, Freedom Flash scored a one-length victory in Saturday's 870-yard, $100,000 Starr Western Wear Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

Freedom Flash posted a 96 speed index while stopping the timer in :45.288 under jockey Alfredo Sigala. Todd Fincher trained the homebred 7-year-old son of champion First Moonflash for owners Pierre J. Amestoy Jr., Leslie Amestoy, and Roger K. Beasley.

Freedom Flash was facing state-bred company after his second-place finish, six lengths behind winner Big Dynasty, in the December 11, 870-yard King Rick Rack Stakes (G3) at Zia Park. All told, the gelding has won seven of 29 races -- including four of eight at the 870-yard trip -- and the $60,000 winner's share of the Starr Western Wear purse bumped his bankroll to $417,301, of which $214,784 has been earned in 870 races.

Freedom Flash's three stakes wins include last year's New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (G3), and the 2019 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG3), both at Zia Park.

Dan The Flashman, Why Buy The Cow, El Vital, Rosies Bolt, Hollywood Henry (TB), Noreason Fordiamonds, and Lifes A Dance completed the order of finish.

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