New Mexico-Breds Featured in Zia Festival

Too Flash For You, Kaydns Krusader top rich Zia Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
July 25, 2013

Too Flash For You meeting Kaydns Krusader in the $409,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) tops the money awarded during the Zia Festival on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

All of the races on Sunday afternoon will be contested by New Mexico-breds.

Also offered are the $128,375 Zia Derby (RG3), the $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG3) and the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship.

Too Flash For You (First Moonflash-Rare Pie by Rare Form) topped the qualifiers from the 10 trials when he cruised to a three-quarter-length win with the fastest-qualifying mark of :19.356 for 400 yards. Since his maiden win, he has been competing at the top level against state-breds. The Wes Giles-trained gelding was fourth in the $357,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs and also qualified for the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), but had a very troubled trip and lost his path.

The gelding is owned by the partnership of Jose Espinosa, Jose Laird and Michelle Laird.

J and M Racing and Farm’s Kaydns Krusader (Sixes Royal-Total Miracle by Dean Miracle) could grab the favorite’s role after finishing on the board in each of his five starts with close third-place finishes in the Mountain Top Futurity and the $50,000 Spring Fling Futurity. He was beaten by a neck in each futurity.

The Kris Cordova-trained Kaydns Krusader won his Zia Futurity trial by 2 lengths and posted the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.399.

In the 400-yard Zia Derby, An Absolut Diamond (Ketel Won-The Millennium Star by Strawfly Special) chases his first stakes win after finishing third, beaten by a neck, in the Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) back in January. He was rested after that successful stakes debut and trainer Mike Joiner brought him back in the Zia Derby trials. The maturing gelding pulled out to a three-quarter-length win as the 11-10 favorite with the fastest-qualifying time of :19.321.

An Absolut Diamond is owned by breeders Sandy Farris and Lisa McMinn with Marc Jungers.

Craig Joplin’s homebred Brotherman (Jesse James Jr-Tex Can by Bills Ryon) stepped forward for trainer Emmitt Burelsmith with a half-length trial score as a nearly 10-1 longshot. The gelding raced to his first win since back in October, with the second-fastest time of :19.340.

The Zia Handicap features First Blazin Love (Chicks A Blazin-Love At First Glance by First Down Dash), who returns to state-bred competition after racing in graded stakes against open horses. Two starts ago, he was third to champion Prospect To The Top in the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

Owned by Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell and Johnny Martinez, First Blazin Love won the $208,000 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) and the $85,000 Jess Burner Handicap (RG1) over New Mexico-breds before The Championship at Sunland Park.

Mary and Melvin Neugebauer’s homebred Miracle Snow (Dean Miracle-Snow Peak by Chicks Beduino) is still dangerous as a 9-year-old as he makes his 51st career start in the Zia Handicap. The winner of 13 races with 10 seconds and 10 thirds, the Giles-trained gelding won back-to-back stakes last year and comes off a third-place run in the Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

Rollickin Red Partners’ Rollickin Red (Roll Hennessey Roll (TB)-Deeheiress by Mr Jess Perry) is the horse to beat in the Zia 870 Championship after winning five of six starts with one second last year and then coming back this year to win both of his outs. All of those races were at 870 yards. In his most recent out on June 23, the Todd Fincher-trained gelding battled with Corona Dream to win the $65,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders Handicap by a head.