Fields Drawn for New Mexico Cup Races at Zia Park

Millionaire Too Flash For You is the morning-line favorite in Sunday's 440-yard Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1).

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Sunday's New Mexico Cup Day at Zia Park features four state-bred Quarter Horse stakes.

A total of 129 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park.

Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- are once again expected to surpass the $2-million mark, making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

Of the 129 horses entered in the New Mexico Cup races, 87 are Thoroughbreds and 42 are Quarter Horses.

Here is a preview of Sunday's four Quarter Horse stakes. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. (MST).

RACE 1 -- Post time, 12:15
NEW MEXICO CUP 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $140,000-added -- 870 yards

Defending champion Coronas Boy drew post 6 for this year’s New Mexico Cup 870 Championship.

A homebred 6-year-old son of Mr Houston trained by Hermenigildo “Poppy” Aldavaz for owner Victor Diaz, Coronas Boy is prepped for this race with a wire-to-wire, 2 1/4-length victory in an 870-yard allowance-optional claiming ($25,000) race for state-breds at Zia Park on October 10. The gelding has won seven of 29 starts and has earned $371,862.

Other contenders include D E Wagons Strawfly, a 6-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding owned and trained by Tony Sedillo. D E Wagons Strawfly is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign in which he won the July 26, $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Talkin Hills (Jose Luis Enriquez), 12-1; An Absolut Diamond (Glen Murphy), 7-2; Beverlys Ruller (Larry Gamez), 8-1; El Tormenta Perfecta (Carlos Madeira), 6-1; Storm Chasor (Ruby Gonzalez), 6-1; Coronas Boy (Adrian Ramos), 5-1; D E Wagons Strawfly (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 9-2; Super Quintons (Hector Aldrete), 20-1; AE-Jess Rueben James (Enrique Gomez), 20-1; and AE-Tag Yur It (Ruby Gonzalez), 12-1.

RACE 2 -- Post time, 12:43
NEW MEXICO CUP DERBY (RG2)
3-year-olds
Purse, $177,934 -- 440 yards

Fastest qualifier Major Moonflash drew post 2 for this race, which will mark the First Moonflash gelding’s third career start at the 440-yard distance.

Trained by Wes Giles for owners Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque, Major Moonflash scored a three-quarter length victory as the 13-10 favorite in the last of three New Mexico Cup Derby trials on October 18. All told, the gelding has banked $82,695 from 13 outs, and his resume includes second-place finishes to Astica in the September 27, 400-yard First Moonflash Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque, and 400-yard, $162,000 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 25.

Seeyalateralligator, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, drew the rail post. A graded stakes winning son of Winners Version, the gelding races for Ezra Lee and trainer Jason Giles.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Seeyalateralligator (Ricky Ramirez), 3-1; Major Moonflash (Adrian Ramos), 9-2; Jess Bordeaux (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 20-1; Dark Moonflash (Ivan Carnero), 12-1; Matchstick Man (Jesse Levario), 15-1; DM Ada Kat (Bonifacio Perez), 8-1; First Governor (Salvador Martinez), 4-1; Mr Mo Runaway (Jose Luis Enriquez), 6-1; Dungarees Version (Esgar Ramirez), 20-1; and Hit With Force (Omar Reyes), 8-1.

RACE 10 -- Post time, 4:27
NEW MEXICO CUP FUTURITY (RG2)
2-year-olds
Purse, $280,801 -- 400 yards

Jess Cruzin On By, a graded stakes winning colt by Jesse James Jr racing for Yaneth Cabrera and the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 state-bred 2-year-olds.

Trained by Juan M. Gonzalez, Jess Cruzin On By is coming off of a neck victory as the 3-2 favorite in the last of six trials on October 17. The colt has earned $147,908 from five starts, and his four wins include a three-quarter length victory in the April 5, 300-yard New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Chickaloni, a multiple stakes placed filly trained by Lori Chavez for owners Ross Hinkins and David Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, drew post 3. The daughter of Jess A Chicks ran second, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner RG Miracle, in the September 26, 400-yard Downs at Albuquerque Futurity (R).

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Flash Theory (Ivan Carnero), 15-1; Silvers Moon Flash (Esgar Ramirez), 5-1; Chickaloni (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 4-1; Blazin Moon Force (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1; First Quick Flash (Larry Gamez), 20-1; Frank N Jesse (Bonifacio Perez), 6-1; Teana Fay (Ricky Ramirez), 15-1; Major Bites (Jose Luis Enriquez), 30-1; Jess Cruzin On By (Adrian Ramos), 9-5; and Ms Blu Moon (Oscar Cordova), 12-1.

RACE 11 -- Post time, 4:55
NAMEHIMASTREAKER NEW MEXICO CUP QH CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $170,000-added -- 440 yards

An overflow field of 12, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in this race at the classic Quarter Horse distance of 440 yards.

Too Flash For You, one of only three New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses who has earned more than $1 million, faces state-breds again after a sixth-place finish, two lengths behind winner and reigning AQHA world champion JC Callas First, in the 440-yard, $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Fall Championship on September 27. Trained by Wes Giles for owners Jose R. Espinosa and Jim and Michele Laird, the 4-year-old First Moonflash gelding was coming off of a Ruidoso summer season in which he scored a head victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) on July 27.

Other contenders include David G. Valdez’s Mad About The Moon, a 3-year-old son of First Moonflash who will be facing older horses for the first time. Trained by Juan M. Gonzalez, the gelding has won five of 11 starts, including two stakes, and his resume includes a second-place finish to JM Miracle in last year’s 440-yard, $2.6-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Take The Spoon Man (Jose Luis Enriquez), 20-1; SC Dustychampion (Esgar Ramirez), 12-1; Mad About The Moon (Manuel Gutierrez), 7-2; Cinco Menudos (Hector Aldrete), 9-2; DM One Hot Charmer (Omar Reyes), 12-1; Grant The Star (Salvador Martinez), 12-1; Too Flash For You (Adrian Ramos), 5-2; Booyah Bay (Jesse Levario), 30-1; Hot Authorization (Efrain Vigi), 30-1; Jess Got Issues (Ricky Ramirez), 6-1; AE-Reckless Wind (Jesse Levario), 20-1; and AE-Justified By Chicks (Esgar Ramirez), 30-1.

 

 

 

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