First Moonflash Gelding Tops Zia Futurity Qualifiers

CD Mamas Boy posts the fastest qualifying time to the July 29, $490,611 final at Ruidoso Downs.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Making his first-ever start on a wet track, CD Mamas Boy on Saturday posted the fastest qualifying time to this year's Zia Futurity. PHOTO: Gay Harris

CD Mamas Boy, a gelded son of champion First Moonflash owned by Daniel Ramirez, is the fastest qualifier to the July 29, $409,611 Zia Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.

Racing in the fifth of 11 400-yard trials on Saturday, CD Mamas Boy scored a wire-to-wire, half-length victory from fourth-fastest qualifier Midnite Blu in :19.849 on a sloppy and sealed track. Jose Enrique Ortiz rode the gelding for trainer Juan Esquivel.

CD Mamas Boy was bred by Cynthia H. Dick, and he was won two of his three outs. His dam, Mama Rosa B, is a winning 9-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel and a half sister to Grade 1 winner Jess A Lil Bit More and stakes winner Paloma Blanca B.

CD Mamas Boy made his debut with a third-place finish in a 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trial at Sunland Park on March 16. In his most recent out, the gelding scored a head victory in a 350-yard, $10,000 maiden-special-weight dash at Ruidoso Downs on June 29.

“Those races were good for him,” said Esquivel. “He needed that maiden race. He’s getting more mature with every race.”

Second-fastest qualifier Jess Fire Chick was a prompt 13-10 favorite in the final heat, which produced four qualifiers. Ridden by Adrian Ramos for owners Mike Abraham and Paul Blanchard and trainer Wes Giles, the homebred Jess A Chicks filly defeated fifth-fastest qualifier Regard The Sevens by a a head in :19.934.

Jess Fire Chick has won all three of his starts, including the 350-yard, $346,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) for state-breds on June 16, and she has banked $149,975.

Zee James, the third-fastest qualifier, won the eighth trial by 1 3/4 lengths in :19.938 as the 9-10 favorite. Adrian Ramos rode the homebred bay Jesse James Jr filly for owners Robert M. Driggers and Ben Lee Ivey and trainer Wes Giles.

Zee James has won three of four starts, including all three of her outs against New Mexico-breds. The filly has earned $194,374, and her resume includes a neck victory as the fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite in the 300-yard, $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park in April.

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