New Mexican Spring Futurity Headlines Stakes Doubleheader at Sunland Park

The New Mexico-bred stakes shares the Sunday bill with the Grade 3 West Texas Maturity.

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Fastest qualifier Running Dragon is the morning-line favorite for Sunday's New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Running Dragon, a gray daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Zulu Dragon and the fastest qualifier, is the morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 300-yard, $297,295 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Racing for By By JJ Limited Partnership from the barn of trainer Juan M. Gonzalez, Running Dragon made her debut with a half-length victory in the fifth of seven trials on April 8. The filly drew post 9 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz.

Astorga Racing LLC’s Big Spurs, a colt by the Corona Cartel stallion Big Daddy Cartel conditioned by Miguel Castillo, will be ridden by Jaime Leos from post 6. Big Spurs won his debut race, the seventh Spring Futurity trial, by 1 3/4 lengths.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Heza Harley Chick (Raul Herrera), 15-1
Cowgirlsalady (Adrian Ramos), 10-1
Daddys Allstar (L. Salvador Martinez), 6-1
Buildem Fast (Jose L. Enriquez), 10-1
Peyote Run (Esgar Ramirez), 12-1
Big Spurs (Jaime Leos), 5-1
Dramatic Moon (Cipriano Vidana), 10-1
Disco Dragon (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 6-1
Running Dragon (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 3-1
Daddy Queen Cartel (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 4-1

West Texas Maturity
JM Miracle, a gelded son of Volcom campaigned by Javier Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, drew post 4 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $99,704 West Texas Maturity (G3).

The winner of the 2014 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, JM Miracle made his 4-year-old debut with a neck victory as the 8-5 favorite in his West Texas Maturity trial on April 8. The gelding drew post 4 and will be ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr. for trainer Albert Franco.

JM Miracle’s nine opponents include Melissa Miller’s Jess Featureme Quick, a homebred 7-year-old Feature Mr Jess gelding trained by Paul Jones. Jess Featureme Quick ran fourth, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner Zoomin Effortlessly, in the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on January 3.

Salvador Martinez has been named to ride Jess Featureme Quick from post 8.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
The Ocean King (Alejandro Luna), 12-1
Testing The Ice (Esgar Ramirez), 6-1
Kru 82 (Adrian Ramos), 20-1
JM Miracle (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 3-1
Once Over (Hector Aldrete), 4-1
Aka Bugga (John R. Valenzuela), 12-1
See Yacht Sea Jump (Jesse Lee Levario), 10-1
Jess Featureme Quick (Salvador Martinez), 5-1
This Lady Is On Fire (Daniel Amaya), 8-1
PYCs Little Lady (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1

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