Fastest Qualifier is NM Spring Futurity Champ

Running Dragon earned a half-length win at Sunland Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Running Dragon, a homebred daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Zulu Dragon, wins Sunday's New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Fastest qualifier Running Dragon sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday's New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park.

Under jockey Jose Enrique Ortiz, who rode Running Dragon for trainer Juan M. Gonzalez, the gray daughter of Zulu Dragon covered 300 yards in :15.104 while aided by a 10-mph tail wind. Running Dragon races for the By By JJ Limited Partnership, which also bred the filly.

Running Dragon made her debut with a half-length win in the fifth of seven Spring Futurity trials on April 8. The filly's sire, Zulu Dragon, is a 9-year-old Grade 2-winning son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash and 2003 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) winner Hidden Dragon. A half brother to stakes winner Heza Wild Dragon, Zulu Dragon stands for a $2,000 fee in Mexico.

Running Dragon has won both of her outs, and the $140,025 winner's share of the $297,925 Spring Futurity purse increased her bankroll to $145,380.

Big Spurs, the 2-1 choice in the nine-horse field, finished second and was followed by Dramatic Moon, Daddy Queen Cartel, Peyote Run, Cowgirlsalady, Daddys Allstar, Disco Dragon, and Buildem Fast.

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