Major Moonflash, Jess Got Issues Face Off in Jess Burner Memorial

Saturday's 400-yard stakes has drawn 11 New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

New Mexico Horse Breeders Association

Eleven New Mexico-bred sprinters have been entered in Saturday's $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park.

Graded stakes winners Major Moonflash and Jess Got Issues are among the 11 New Mexico-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park.

The Jess Burner is the first of 16 American Quarter Horse stakes to be run during Sunland Park’s 72-day meet, which opens Friday. Estimated post time for the stakes is set for 1:35 p.m. (MST).

Major Moonflash is trained by Jason Giles for owners Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque. A 3-year-old son of champion First Moonflash, the gelding will be facing state-bred stakes company off of his fourth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind reigning world champion JRC Callas First, in the 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on November 25.

Major Moonflash has earned $180,781 from 11 starts this season, and his three wins include a one-length victory in the 440-yard, $178,000 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) on November 1.

Adrian Ramos will ride Major Moonflash from post 6.

Jess Got Issues is the 5-2 morning-line favorite and has been assigned by racing secretary Robert Junk to tote high weight of 128 pounds. A 5-year-old son of Jesse James Jr racing for Joseph and Debra Meridyth, Jess Got Issues will be making his first start since November 1, when the gelding ran second, a neck behind winner Cinco Menudos, in the 440-yard Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park.

Jess Got Issues was a stakes winner during the 2014-15 Sunland Park meet, as he scored a three-quarter length victory as the 17-10 favorite in the 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2). The gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Guadalupe Munoz Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds -- Seeyalateralligator (L. Salvador Martinez, 124), 10-1
Booyah Bay (Raul Herrera, 124), 12-1
Dungarees Version (Jose E. Ortiz, 123), 12-1
Justified By Chicks (Larry Gamez, 124), 10-1
Osbaldo (Ivan Carnero, 125), 6-1
Major Moonflash (Adrian Ramos, 127), 4-1
Reckless Wind (Jesse Levario, 124), 8-1
Whatever Bill (Esgar Ramirez, 123), 5-1
Gonna Make You Royal (Jaime Leos, 123), 10-1
Jess Got Issues (Ricky Ramirez, 128), 5-2
AE-Jess Bordeaux (Esgar Ramirez, 123), 20-1

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