New Mexico Cup Recap

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

Q-Racing Journal

Four Quarter Horse stakes were part of New Mexico Cup Day at Zia Park.

A total of $2,047,997 million in purse money was on the line in Sunday’s 12-race New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park.

Four of the stakes were resticted to New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses. Zia Park officials reported attendance at 1,161. A total of $531,685 was wagered on the 12-race program, $96,380 on track and $435,305 off track.

Following is a recap of all four Quarter Horse stakes.

New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2)
Second-fastest qualifier Woodys Copy Cat, a daughter of Woodbridge campaigned by Enrique Barrera from the barn of trainer Cynthia Gonzalez, sprinted to a neck victory in the afternoon's richest race, the $315,450 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, Woodys Copy Cat went 400 yards in :19.687 while facing a reported 15-mph head wind. The filly banked $151,416 from her third win in seven outs and first stakes score.

Woodys Copy Cat was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms of Veguita, New Mexico. A $4,700 yearling purchase at last year's New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the filly is out of Fast Copy Miss, a 14-year-old daughter of Heza Fast Man who ran second in the '06 Four Corners Futurity (G3) at Sunland Park.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Woodys Copy Cat has earned $240,728, and her record includes a second-place finish in the 300-yard, $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on April 7.

Hs Paul Walker finished second and was followed by Wood Be A Superstar, 2-1 favorite Zee James, Flo Jos Mojo, fastest qualifier Tooflashyforyou, U Got The Look, Saul, Easy Over The Moon, and Igotmybiggirljeanson.

New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2)
Jesse Lane, a homebred Jesse James Jr gelding owned and trained by MJ Farms, was a prompt 19-10 favorite in the 440-yard, $202,547 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) for state-bred sophomores.

Prepped by Jimmy Padgett and racing against a reported 16-mph head wind, Jesse Lane covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.734. Alonso Rivera rode the gelding, who banked the $97,224 winner's share of the purse.

Jesse Lane was extending his winning streak to four. All told, he has won five of 11 outs while racing exclusiely in New Mexico, including three of four starts at the 440 distance, and he has earned $297,496. The gelding ended his 2-year-old campaign with a half-length victory in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Juvenile Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Hollywoodcrown, Ginuwine Buzz, Rime Chimes, Miles Of Flash, Regard The Rose, Avallon, Flashy Tres, and Siximoons completed the order of finish. Nolans Theory was scratched.

Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1)
Sent to post as the odds-on favorite, Major Bites made his return to state-bred stakes company with a clear 1 1/2-length victory in the $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1).

Trained by Jesus Carrete for owner Israel Bordier, Major Bites covered 440 yards in :21.594 while racing against a reported 6-mph head wind. Jose Amador Alvarez rode the 5-year-old bay son of Jesse James Jr.

Major Bites was coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind two-time reigning world champion Jessies First Down, in the 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) on September 23. The gelding was bred by Carlos Paez, and he has won nine of 25 starts, and his five career stakes wins include a half-length victory in this race last year.

The $102,000 winner's share of the purse pushed Major Bites' bankroll to $551,012, of which $306,000 has been pocketed this season.

Mamacita Cartel finished second and was followed by Percyjones, Magnifico Dragon, Play Misty Foreme, A Passion For Flashn, Marcus Medallion, You Can Do It Regard, Cartels Star Daddy, and Gon In A Flash.

New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R)
Regards Miracle came from slightly off the pace to win the $140,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R).

Ridden by Esgar Ramirez, Regards Miracle defeated Amsterdams Big Daddy by three-quarters of a length in :45.665 for 870 yards. Mike Joiner prepped the 4-year-old Chicks Regard gelding for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing, Scott Bryant, and Lee Lewis.

Regards Miracle has won four of his 14 races, including two of four at the 870 trip. The gelding was bred by Richard Franco, and he was a $60,000 yearling purchase by his current owners at the 2015 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

The $84,000 winner's share of the purse bumped Regards Miracle's earnings to $153,890.

How Bout Dat, Dark Brook, D E Wagons Strawfly, Tag Yur It, DM Nate Dog, and Desierto Famoso completed the order of finish.
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