Running Dragon is Morning-Line Choice for NMHBA Stakes

The three-time graded stakes winner drew post 5 for Sunday's stakes at Sunland Park.

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Running Dragon, pictured here winning last year's New Mexican Spring Futurity, is one of nine state-bred sophomores entered in Sunday's NMHBA Stakes at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Running Dragon, a homebred daughter of Zulu Dragon racing for By By JJ LLC and a multiple graded stakes winner, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred sophomores at Sunland Park.

Trained by Samuel Robledo, Running Dragon is coming off of a half-length victory in the January 15, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland. All told, the filly has won eight of 10 starts, including three graded stakes, and has earned $470,641.

Running Dragon drew post 5 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos. The filly’s eight opponents include A Super Sonic Boom, a homebred Big Daddy Cartel colt trained by Miguel Castillo for owner Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico. A Super Sonic Boom is coming off of a juvenile campaign during which he scored a neck victory in the 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.

A Super Sonic Boom drew post 9 and will be ridden by Alejandro Medellin.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Peyote Run (Mauro Salcedo), 12-1
Es Runnin (Edwin Pena), 6-1
Mighty B Dragon (Manuel Gutierrez), 4-1
Go Daddy Gone (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 20-1
Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos), 7-5
You Can Do It Regard (Raul Herrera), 10-1
Miss Call Me First (Oscar Cordova), 12-1
A Sure First (Salvador Martinez), 8-1
A Super Sonic Boom (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1

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