Albuquerque's First Moonflash Maturity Draws Nine New Mexico-Breds

Recent allowance winner Play Misty Foreme heads the field.

Press release

Sunday's $102,558 First Moonflash Futurity at Albuquerque Downs has drawn nine New Mexico-bred sprinters.

Robert D. Smith’s Play Misty Foreme is one of nine New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses entered in Sunday’s feature, the 440-yard, $102,558 First Moonflash Maturity (R).

A 4-year-old gelding by Jesse James Jr trained by Shae Cox, Play Misty Foreme prepped with a half-length win as the 7-5 favorite in a 440-yard, $30,000 open-condition allowance race at Albuquerque Downs on July 22. Play Misty Foreme drew post 9 and will be ridden by Jose Luis Enriquez.

Other contenders include Major Bites, a 4-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding and the 5-2 morning-line choice. Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez for owner Israel Bordier, Major Bites is coming off of a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner First Kool Moon, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 30.

Major Bites drew post 4 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

The First Moonflash Maturity honors First Moonflash, a New Mexico-bred 12-year-old son of First To Flash and the 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Dungarees Version (Agustin Silva), 4-1
Comin To Your Town (Irving Delgado-Bustillos), 5-1
Carson City Girl (Alfredo Sigala), 8-1
Major Bites (Esgar Ramirez), 5-2
Osbaldo (Isaias Cardenas), 10-1
Tyger Power (Victor Escobar), 15-1
Fire Stones (J. Martin Bourdieu), 12-1
Dont Ever Slow Down (Porfirio Cano), 20-1
Play Misty Foreme (Jose Luis Enriquez), 7-2

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