Running Dragon Dominates New Mexico HBA Stakes

The homebred filly earns her fourth graded stakes win.

Q-Racing Journal

Running Dragon was all alone at the wire in Sunday's 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico HBA Stakes at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Running Dragon, a homebred daughter of Zulu Dragon racing for By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas, dominated her competition in Sunday's $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Samuel Robledo, Running Dragon defeated Peyote Run by 1 1/2 lengths while covering 400 yards in :19.431 and earning a 92 speed index. The $51,000 winner's share of the purse pushed the filly's bankroll to $521,641, of which $147,808 has been earned from just two outs this season.

Running Dragon made her sophomore debut with a half-length victory in the January 15, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland. All told, the filly has won nine of 11 starts, including four graded stakes.

Sent to post as the 3-10 favorite in the field of eight, Running Dragon paid $2.60 to win and teamed with Peyote Run, a 34-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $38.60. Go Daddy Gone, a 39-1 longshot, ran third to complete a $303.40 ($1) trifecta.

A Super Sonic Boom, A Sure First, Miss Call Me First, Es Runnin, and Mighty B Dragon completed the order of finish.

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