New Mexico HBA Honors Its 2015 Champions

AQHA champion Astica is among the NMHBA honorees.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

MJ Farms' Astica, pictured here winning a First Moonflash Stakes trial at The Downs at Albuquerque, is the 2015 New Mexico-bred champion 3-year-old filly. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association honored its 2015 champions during its Zia Awards Banquet at the Marriott Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque on Thursday.

During the banquet, which was emceed by longtime racing media personality Chris Lincoln, a total of 20 awards were presented. Astica, a daughter of Jesse James Jr and champion Alice K White and the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association champion 3-year-old filly, was last year’s champion New Mexico-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horse filly. A homebred racing for Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, Astica earned $267,263 from January 1, 2015 through January 3, 2016, and her six wins in seven starts included four stakes victories, two of which were graded.

Astica also broke The Downs at Albuquerque’s 400-yard track record when she won the May 10, $60,000 Pelican Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomore fillies.

The following Quarter Horses were also honored: BL Corona (champion older mare, owned by Bertha S. Irigoyen, bred by Jovi Investment Corp.), Cinco Menudos (champion older horse/gelding, owned by William G. McCarty, bred by William G. McCarty, Paul Wood, and SW Paving and Grading Inc.), Major Moonflash (champion 3-year-old gelding, owned by Leslie A. and Pierre J. Amestoy Jr., bred by Mike C. Abraham), Chickaloni (owned by David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins, bred by Dosi and Norma Alvarez), and RG Miracle (owned by Shirley A. Grisham, bred by Grisham Quarter Horses Inc.).

Jesse James Jr was the top Quarter Horse stallion, as the stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed 15-year-old son of champion Mr Jess Perry sired the earners of $2,893,483 and was represented by eight stakes winners, including graded stakes winners Astica, Major Moonflash, Cinco Menudos, and Osbaldo. Jesse James Jr is owned by and stands at MJ Farms.

Jess Marmeta was honored as last year’s top freshman Quarter Horse stallion. An unraced 7-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry and the winning Pritzi Dash mare Marmeta, Jess Marmeta was owned by Tommy R. Bouldin, and he is standing the 2016 season in Clovis, New Mexico.

The top Quarter Horse broodmare for 2015 was Mike Abraham’s Authorized Love, a 19-year-old winning and stakes placed daughter of Dooley Authorized and the Zevi (TB) mare Zevis Lady Love. Authorized Love is the dam of Moonstruck Love, the winner of last year’s $201,609 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park, and Flash Of Love, the winner of last year’s $337,186 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Also, Too Flash For You was honored with an award as the latest New Mexico-bred million-dollar earner. An open Grade 1-winning 5-year-old son of champion First Moonflash owned by Jim and Michele Laird and Jose R. Espinosa, the gelding has banked $1,008,870 from 20 races. Too Flash For You was the 2014 champion New Mexico-bred sophomore colt/gelding.

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