Running Dragon Wins NM Filly and Mare Championship

The homebred 3-year-old filly gets up at the wire to win at Zia Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Running Dragon scored her sixth stakes win in Wednesday's $140,000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship at Zia Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Running Dragon, a homebred 3-year-old Zulu Dragon filly campaigned by By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas, rallied to win the $140,000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) for state-bred distaffers at Zia Park on Wednesday.

Prepped by Juan Gonzalez and ridden by Adrian Ramos, Running Dragon went 400 yards in :19.755, and her margin of victory was a neck from Princess Jessie Jane. The filly was winning for the 11th time in 17 starts, and the $84,000 winner's share of the purse from her sixth stakes score pushed her bankroll to $695,842.

"She ran really good," said Ramos, who has ridden Running Dragon in her last 11 races. "I knew I had a lot of horse. She had plenty left for the finish."

Running Dragon was facing distaffers after a fourth-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Major Bites, in the 440-yard, $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) on October 29.

"She had an amazing 2-year-old season," said Gonzalez, referring to her two graded futurities wins in 2016. "Her last two races were at 440 yards, which is really not her distance. Today at 400 yards, she proved she is still a champion."

Running Dragon has won six of her 10 starts at the 400-yard distance.

First Vegas Moon finished third and was followed by Sixie Won, Straw Fly Flower, 9-5 favorite Princess Jesse, Get Down Bambi, Carson City Girl, Lady Version, and Eyesawagon.

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