Magnifico Dragon Romps in New Mexico Cup Futurity

The 400-yard, $314,358 race was one of four state-bred Quarter Horse stakes run at Zia Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Mauro Salcedo rode fastest qualifier Magnifico Dragon to the gelding's first stakes win in Sunday's New Mexico Cup Futurity at Zia Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Magnifico Dragon, a Zulu Dragon gelding racing for Daniel Balderrama and the fastest qualifier, parlayed a sharp break from his rail post into his first stakes win in the 400-yard, $313,348 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2), the richest of four state-bred Quarter Horse stakes run at Zia Park on Sunday.

Prepped by Cynthia Gonzalez, Magnifico Dragon stopped the timer in :19.281 and earned a 101 speed index under jockey Mauro Salcedo. The gelding's margin of victory was a clear 1 3/4 lengths from even-money favorite and two-time graded stakes winner Running Dragon.

Magnifico Dragon was coming off of a 1 1/2-length victory in the sixth of eight New Mexico Cup Futurity trials on October 15. The gelding was bred by Heriberto Moreno, and he has won three of six starts. The $150,892 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $215,826.

Magnifico Dragon's resume includes a second-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Mitey Man, in the 400-yard, $241,168 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (R) at Albuquerque Downs on September 24.

Mitey Man finished third, two lengths behind Magnifico Dragon, on Sunday. Es Runnin, Big Spurs, Kama Strawfly, Cartels Star Daddy, Scooters Debutant, You Can Do It Regard, and Jess A Glance completed the official order of finish.

New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2)
Fastest qualifier Datona Doll, the 13-10 wagering choice in a field of nine state-bred 3-year-olds, sprinted to a three-quarter length win in the $205,903 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) on Sunday.

Ridden by reigning AQHA champion jockey Ricky Ramirez, Datona Doll went 440 yards in :21.499 and recorded a 98 speed index. Trey Wood saddled the sorrel Jesse James Jr filly for owners Mark and Annette McCloy, who acqured Datona Doll for $45,000 at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Datona Doll was bred by Benny and Donna Smith. All told, she has won five of eight outs and has earned $193,941, of which $184,081 has been banked this year. The filly's season record includes a third-place finish, a neck behind winner Gyr Jammer, in the June 4, 400-yard Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park, and a second-place run in the July 31, 400-yard Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.

Chickaloni ran second and was followed by Frank N Jesse, Flash Theory, A Blazin Flash, Blazin Moon Force, Play Misty Foreme, Mahallo Moonflash, and Jess Cruzin On By. Second-fastest qualifier Air Force Won was scratched.

Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup QH Championship (RG1)
Yaneth Cabrera's Klassic Strawfly, an ageless 10-year-old gelded son of Genuine Strawfly, extended his winning streak to five races in Sunday's 440-yard, $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship (RG1).

Prepped by Ernest Fennell, who gave a leg up to jockey Alejandro Medellin, and sent to post as the 3-2 favorite, Klassic Strawfly made his quarter-mile trip in :21.618, and his margin of victory was a head from 17-1 longshot Seeyalateralligator. The gelding paid a $5 win mutuel and teamed with Seeyalateralligator for a $2 exacta return of $61.

Klassic Strawfly was bred by Ronald Stephens. The gelding has won 16 of 93 races and has earned $564,381, and his current streak includes victories in the August 28, 440-yard First Moonflash Maturity (R) at Albuquerque Downs, and the May 27, 400-yard Jimmy Drake Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park.

All told, Klassic Strawfly has won three stakes since he began his career with a victory against maiden $15,000 claimers at Zia Park on November 15, 2008.

Osbaldo, Cinco Menudos, Booyah Bay, Mad About The Moon, Whatever Bill, Fire Stones, Hot Authorization, and Jess Got Issues completed the order of finish.

New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R)
Coronas Boy, a 7-year-old Mr Houston gelding trained by Martin Orona Jr. for owner Victor M. Diaz of Sunland Park, New Mexico, was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Sunday's $140,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R).

Ridden by Alejandro Medellin, Coronas Boy led at every call and reached the wire in :45.111, two lengths ahead of Swiss Chris. The gelding was winning this stakes for the third time in his six-year career; his first two New Mexico Cup 870 Championship wins came in 2013 and '14.

A homebred, Coronas Boy has raced exclusively in New Mexico and has won 10 of 35 outs. The $84,000 winner's share of the purse from his fifth lifetime stakes score boosted his bankroll to $519,862.

All of Coronas Boy's stakes victories have come at the 870 distance.

Tag Yur It, Streakin Disre, Jess Excessive, Dark Brook, Dm Ada Kat, and Fine Fine Borrachito completed the order of finish.

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