First Moonflash Gelding Leads New Mexican Spring Futurity Qualifiers

Flash Moonfire is the fastest qualifier to the April 9, $352,965 final at Sunland Park.

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A $27,000 yearling buy, Flash Moonfire on Friday set the fastest qualifying time to the April 9 New Mexican Spring Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

David G. Valdez's Flash Moonfire, a brown son of champion First Moonflash, is the fastest qualifier to the April 9, $352,965 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Racing in the sixth of nine trials on Friday, Flash Moonfire defeated ninth-fastest qualifier Bigg Daddy by 2 1/2 lengths while covering 300 yards in :15.244. Manuel Gutierrez rode the gelding for trainer Felipe Flores Jr.

Valdez, a resident of Odessa, Texas, acquired Flash Moonfire from breeder Mike Abraham for $27,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Flash Moonfire’s dam, the 7-year-old Walk Thru Fire mare Required Fire, won the 2013 Go Josie Go Overnight Handicap at Los Alamitos, and she is a half sister to stakes winner and ’09 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG1) finalist One Hot Mecanic.

Five of the 10 finalists, including the four fastest, are sons or daughters of First Moonflash, who was the sport's champion aged stallion in 2009.

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