New Mexico Cup Futurity Trials Draw 53 Juveniles

Graded stakes winners Jess Cruzin On By, Im A Moon Quest entered in Saturday's 400-yard trials at Zia Park.

Zia Park will be the site of Saturday's 400-yard New Mexico Cup Futurity trials.

Graded stakes winners Im A Moon Quest and Jess Cruzin On By are among the 53 state-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) trials at Zia Park.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from these 400-yard trials will meet in the $300,000-est. New Mexico Cup Futurity final on November 1.

A sorrel son of champion First Moonflash trained by Mike Joiner, Im A Moon Quest is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign in which he earned $165,837 from four outs and scored an upset victory in the 400-yard, $380,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Im A Moon Quest races for J. Santos Espinoza and Marc Jungers, who acquired the gelding for $42,000 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso. A half brother to stakes winner Miss Chicks Vision, the gelding will be ridden by Omar Reyes in the fifth of six New Mexico Cup Futurity trials.

Jess Cruzin On By is a homebred son of Jesse James Jr trained by Juan M. Gonzalez for owner Yaneth Cabrera. The colt will be making his first start since June 13, when he ran fourth, one length behind winner Lilly Is First, in the 350-yard, $350,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Jess Cruzin On By has banked $142,508 from four races, and his three wins include a three-quarter length victory in the April 5, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park. The colt will be ridden by Adrian Ramos in heat 6.

Other prominent New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s trials include Rapid James, Wahoo Raider, and Chickaloni. Rapid James is a homebred Jesse James Jr gelding trained by Jaime Aldavaz Sr. for owner Currie Maben of Clovis, New Mexico. Rapid James broke his maiden with a half-length victory in the 300-yard, $45,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Stakes (R) at Sunland Park in April.

Wahoo Raider ran second, a nose behind Im A Moon Quest, in the Zia Futurity. The gelded son of Jess A Chicks is trained by Cynthia Gonzalez for owner Jacob J. Simmons III.

A $7,500 buy at last year’s New Mexico-bred Yearling Sale, Chickaloni has won two of six starts and has earned $78,979, and her resume includes a second-place finish to RG Miracle in the September 26, 400-yard Downs at Albuquerque Futurity. Lori Chavez trains the Jess A Chicks filly for brothers Ross Hinkins and David Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah.

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