Four Big Stakes on NM Cup Day

Progeny of First Moonflash sweep the New Mexico Classic Futurity and Derby at Zia Park.

Q-Racing Journal

The stallion First Moonflash had a big day on Sunday as his progeny captured the $207,482 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) and $289,728 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park. The New Mexico Cup card for state-breds also included the $181,480 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Championship (RG1) and $149,240 New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship (R).

In the richest race on the card, David Valdez’s Mad About The Moon solidified his reputation as one of the top 2-year-olds in New Mexico by following up his second-place finish in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs in September with wins in the trials and final of the 400-yard New Mexico Classic Futurity. The Gene Burden-trainee ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr. captured the final by a half-length in :19.297 seconds. Montauk finished second, snapping a four-race win streak, and Seeyalateralligator took third.

“He ran really well, but I actually thought he ran better in the trials,” Becerra Jr. said. “He still has more. [Montauk] outbroke me, and he had to make up some ground.”

Mad About The Moon, a gelding bred by Hughes Donaldson Horse Company, has banked $540,919 with a record of 6-3-2-0.

In the 440-yard New Mexico Classic Derby, fastest qualifier Foxy Moonflash won by a half-length in :21.522 seconds with G.R. Carter Jr. aboard for trainer Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath. The classy 3-year-old filly defeated 2014 All American Derby (G1) winner Too Flash For You and 2013 All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash in the quality field. Kia Won nosed out Handsome Jack Flash to finish second, while Too Flash For You finished ninth as the favorite.

Owned by Bobby Simmons and bred by Dosi and Norma Alvarez, Foxy Moonflash earned her first career stakes win and boosted her bankroll to $141,288 with a record of 9-4-3-0.

“She beat a really good field,” Carter said. “I couldn’t be more proud to win for a guy like Sleepy.”

The Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Championship went to Linnette Sanchez’s RCJ Major Storm in a minor upset at odds of 7-1. Ridden by Jesse Levario, the 5-year-old son of Brookstone Bay prevailed by three-quarters of a length in :21.508 for 440 yards.

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Jones, RCJ Major Storm earned $108,600 for this win to jump his bankroll to $307,779 with a record of 29-7-7-1. This was his second stakes win to go along with the 2012 Hard Twist Stakes (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Booyah Bay crossed the wire in second with Dashes Best in third. The 10-year-old Miracle Snow finished fourth as the favorite. The veteran gelding by Dean Miracle was seeking his 18th career win and the fourth-place earnings pushed his lifetime bankroll to $725,451.

In the New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship, Victor Diaz’s homebred Coronas Boy broke sharply from the rail and scored by 1 ¼ lengths with L. Salvador Martinez in the saddle for trainer Daniel Cano. The gelding by the Dash For Cash stallion Mr Houston raced 870 yards in :45.216 to capture the stakes for the second consecutive year. He has now earned $310,423 with six wins in 20 starts.

Favored Super Quintons finished second with D E Wagons Strawfly in third.

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