New Mexico Cup Recap

Four state-bred Quarter Horse stakes were contested at Zia Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Four state-bred Quarter Horse races were contested at Zia Park on Sunday.

Sunday's 12-race New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park featured four state-bred Quarter Horse stakes, topped by the 400-yard, $306,841 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) for 2-year-olds.

Zia Park officials reported official attendance at 1,188. A total of $692,570 was wagered on- and off-track, an increase of 17 percent over last year's New Mexico Cup handle of $592,007 for the same number of races.

Following is a recap of all four Quarter Horse stakes.

New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2)
A Passion For Flashn, a son of champion First Moonflash owned by RC Racing LLC of Denver City, Texas, rallied to win the $306,841 New Mexico Cup Futurity.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Martin Orona Sr., A Passion For Flashn covered 400 yards in :19.848, and his winning margin was a neck from He Be Flashy. The colt was sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10 and returned a $6.20 win mutuel.

A Passion For Flashn was bred by JMH Racing LLC of Riverside, California, and he set the fastest qualifying time in the second of seven trials on October 14. He is the first starter foaled by Subtly Sixy, a winning 8-year-old daughter of the Streakin Six stallion Streakin Sixes.

A $6,500 yearling buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the colt has won four of nine starts, and the $147,284 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his earnings to $200,776.

Hollywoodcrown, Siximoons, Big Blue Cartel, Jesse Klee, Daddys Copy, The Flash Force, PCJ Thats It, and Riverside Flash completed the order of finish.

New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2)
Third-fastest qualifier Yudes Jess Dashin outran his 19-1 odds to win the $219,817 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) for state-bred sophomores.

Campaigned by Scott Bryant and Justin Joiner and racing against a reported 8-mph head wind, Yudes Jess Dashin went 440 yards in :22.196 while defeating 16-1 longshot Princess Jessie Jane by a half of a length. Felipe Garcia-Luna rode the sorrel son of Jess A Chicks for trainer Mike Joiner.

Yudes Jess Dashin was bred by Mike Abraham of Bosque, New Mexico. A half brother to Grade 1 winner Baby Doll Form and Grade 2 winner Mr Perry Dash, the gelding is one of eight winners from 10 starters foaled by Baby Doll Dash, a graded stakes winning daughter of Dash Easy.

Yudes Jess Dashin has won three of eight starts, all in New Mexico, and the $105,512 winner's share of the New Mexico Cup Derby purse bumped his bankroll to $121,374, of which $120,494 has been banked from seven outs this season.

Magnifico Dragon, the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite, ran third and was followed by Cartels Star Daddy, Kama Strawfly, Mitey Man, Flash Em The Jewels, Roanoka Fast Cat, Mr Klee, and Altitude Project.

Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1)
Israel Bordier's Major Bites earned his first stakes victory in Sunday's 440-yard, $180,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1).

Prepped by Jesus Carrete and racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, Major Bites made his quarter-mile trip in :21.943 under jockey Jose Alvarez. The 4-year-old bay son of Jesse James Jr's margin of victory was a half of a length from Play Misty Foreme, and the earned $102,000 for his effort.

Major Bites was coming off of a ninth-place finish, 3 1/2 lengths behind winner Carson City Girl, in the August 27, 440-yard First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs. The gelding was bred by Carlos Paez, and the one-time $20,000 claimer has won five of 19 starts and has earned $220,992.

Princess Jesse, Running Dragon, Carson City Girl, Get Down Bambi, You Can Do It Regard, Seeyalateralligator, Tyger Power, and JJs Fast Cash RF completed the order of finish.

New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R)
Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode Tag Yur It to a 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $140,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R).

Trained by Lauren Fincher for owner 3L Racing Partners, Tag Yur It covered 870 yards in :45.999. In addition to recording a 90 speed index, the 5-year-old Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) gelding banked the $84,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score.

Tag Yur It was bred by Barbara and Robert Bauer, and he was coming off of a second-place finish in an open-condition 870-yard $38,000 allowance race for New Mexico-breds on October 8. All told, the gelding has won six of 21 starts and has earned $213,522, and his resume includes a third-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner and reigning AQHA distance champion Coronas Boy, in the July 30, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

Storm Chasor finished second and was followed by Machismo Moon, Sierra Ladron, D E Wagons Strawfly, Dark Brook, DM Nate Dog, and Jess Excessive.

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