Carson City Girl Wins $102,558 First Moonflash Maturity
The 4-year-old Woodbridge mare gets her third stakes victory on Sunday.
August 26, 2017
Carson City Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Woodbridge racing for David and Sandra Barrett of Alto, New Mexico, sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday’s 440-yard, $102,558 First Moonflash Maturity (R) for state-breds at Albuquerque Downs.
Ridden by Alfredo Sigala for trainer Fred Danley, Carson City Girl covered her quarter-mile trip in :21.213. The mare was sent to post at odds of 6-1 and returned a $15.80 win mutuel.
Carson City Girl was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. She was coming off of a ninth-place finish, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner First Kool Moon, in the July 30, 400-yard Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs, but she broke poorly and lost her path in that $50,000 race.
Carson City Girl had no such bad luck on Sunday, as she recorded a 103 speed index and her third stakes win.
“She cracked a cannon bone as a 2-year-old, and again as a 3-year-old, but this is a tough mare,” said David Barrett, who purchased Carson City Girl at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. “We laid her up for six months after each injury, but she wanted to run even when she was sore. She’s just a great mare. If she hadn’t had all of those physical issues, it’s hard to tell how much more successful she could be on the track.
“There were about 190 horses at that sale, but there was nothing else that caught my eye after I saw her at the sale,” he added.
Barrett said that Carson City Girl might be bred to One Famous Eagle, American Quarter Horse racing’s champion 3-year-old colt in 2008, next year. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Carson City Girl has won six of 17 starts, and the $41,279 winner’s share of the First Moonflash Maturity purse pushed her bankroll to $274,750.
Play Misty Foreme, the 3-2 favorite in the field of nine, finished second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $53.60. Tyger Power, Comin To Your Town, Osbaldo, Fire Stones, Dont Ever Slow Down, Dungarees Version, and Major Bites completed the order of finish.
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