Major Bites, Running Dragon Return in Jess Burner Memorial Handicap

The graded stakes winners headline the first stakes race of the Sunland Park meet.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Running Dragon is one of 12 New Mexico-breds entered in Saturday's Jess Burner Memorial Handicap at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Major Bites, a graded stakes winner during the recently concluded Zia Park meet, will make his next start in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

Trained by Jesus Carrete for owner Israel Bordier, Major Bites is coming off of a half-length victory in the 440-yard, $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on October 29. The 4-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jose Montoya.

Running Dragon, a gray daughter of Zulu Dragon trained by Juan Carlos Gonzalez for owner By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas, drew post 9 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos. The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Running Dragon has won four of eight starts and has earned $322,009 this year, and her season resume includes a neck victory in the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 22.

Other contenders include Robert D. Smith’s Play Misty Foreme, a 4-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding trained by Jose Luis Muela and the runner-up to Major Bites in the Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship. Play Misty Foreme has banked $103,988 from seven outs this year, and his season record includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Carson City Girl, in the August 27, 440-yard First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs.

The Jess Burner Memorial Handicap is the 10th race on Sunland Park’s 10-race program. Estimated post time for the stakes is set for 4:15 p.m. (MST). The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Cinco Menudos (Raul Herrera, 123), 15-1
Mitey Man (Jose Enrique Ortiz, 122), 20-1
Major Bites (Jose Montoya, 125), 5-1
Big Spurs (Roberto Meraz Jr., 121), 20-1
Yudes Jess Dashin (Felipe Garcia-Luna, 123), 6-1
Seeyalateralligator (L. Salvador Martinez, 123), 6-1
Carson City Girl (Esgar Ramirez, 124), 8-1
Magnifico Dragon (Mauro Salcedo, 124), 8-1
Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos, 126), 3-1
Play Misty Foreme (Jose Luis Enriquez, 123), 4-1
AE-Frank N Jesse (Esgar Ramirez, 120), 15-1
AE-Hot Authorization (Jose Montoya, 120), 20-1

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