Moonstruck Love After First Stakes Win

New Mexico-breds line up in Shue Fly Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Jose Ozuna’s Moonstruck Love may have found a good spot for his first stakes win when he faces New Mexico-breds in the $204,225 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) on Saturday afternoon at Sunland Park.

The 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes is for newly turned 3-year-olds. The trials were held when the horses were 2-year-olds (foals of 2012).

Moonstruck Love (First Moonflash-Authorized Love by Dooley Authorized) challenges New Mexico-breds after racing against open company before the Shue Fly trials. He won his Texas Classic Futurity trial and then finished sixth in the $860,519 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Last summer at Ruidoso Downs, the Paul Jones-trained Moonstuck Love qualified for the finals of the $340,699 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) and then took on open company in the trials to the Grade 1 Rainbow and All American futurities. He was a non-qualifying winner of his Rainbow Futurity trial and then finished second in his All American Futurity trial before being disqualified for interference and placed seventh.

Moonstruck Love turned in the fastest time from four Shue Fly trials when he won by one-half length in :19.512 for the 400 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier RTS Top Gun (Desirio-A Touch Above (TB) by Thatsusintheolbean) and third-fastest qualifier Wise Option (Jesse James Jr-Runawaywithitall by Real Runaway) are each lightly raced and had extended layoffs.

Richard Templeton’s homebred RTS Top Gun made one start at Sunland Park back in March and then was off until finishing a close third in $19,500 maiden race at The Downs at Albuquerque in October. The Victor Escobar-trained gelding then broke his maiden in his third start when he took his Shue Fly trial by a neck. He was timed in :19.531.

Isreal Bordier’s Wise Option debuted last summer at Ruidoso Downs when he was a close second in his Mountain Top Futurity trial and then finished a creditable fourth in the Mountain Top Futurity. The Cirilo Sierra-trained colt was then laid off until he won his Shue Fly trial and scored his first victory. He won the trial by a neck in :19.549.

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