Flash Moonfire is the Morning-Line Choice for New Mexican Spring Futurity

A full field of 10 state-bred juveniles has been entered back in Saturday's rich final at Sunland Park.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Fastest qualifier Flash Moonfire returns in Saturday's New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Flash Moonfire, a gelded son of champion First Moonflash owned by David G. Valdez, is the 3-1 morning-line choice for Saturday’s 300-yard, $362,965 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park.

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The fastest qualifier, Flash Moonfire made his debut with a clear 2 1/2-length victory in the sixth of nine trials on March 17. Valdez, a resident of Odessa, Texas, acquired the gelding for $27,000 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Flash Moonfire is the first foal produced by Required Fire, a stakes-winning daughter of Walk Thru Fire. The gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Felipe Flores Jr.

The AQHA champion aged stallion in 2009, First Moonflash will also be represented by Miles Of Flash, a gelding trained by Fred Danley for owners David and Sandra Barrett and J & SM Inc. Miles Of Flash was a prompt 3-2 favorite in the fifth New Mexican Spring Futurity trial.

Miles Of Flash is out of Laila Si, a winning daughter of Walk Thru Fire and a full sister to stakes winner Whatta Knockout, and he was purchased for $6,500 at last year’s Ruidoso Select Sale. He drew post 3 and will be ridden by reigning AQHA champion jockey Esgar Ramirez.

Other contenders include Enrique Barrera’s Moneys A Maker, a gray son of Sixes Royal and the only finalist with more than one previous out. An earner of $9,938 from two starts, the gelding was purchased for $4,000 at last year’s New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs.

Moneys A Maker drew the rail post and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo for trainer Cynthia Gonzalez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Moneys A Maker (Mauro Salcedo), 8-1
Bigg Daddy (Adrian Ramos), 15-1
Miles Of Flash (Esgar Ramirez), 4-1
Jans Cartel (Martin Felix), 6-1
Flashin Angel (Jaime Parga Leos), 15-1
Tempting Star Gazer (Cipriano Vidana), 10-1
Two Wines (Salvador Martinez), 5-1
Cadilac Flash (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 6-1
Flash Moonfire (Manuel Gutierrez), 3-1
Wood Be Kuhi (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1

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