Running Dragon is Morning-Line Choice for Sunburst Stakes

The multiple graded stakes winning filly returns Saturday at Sunland Park.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Running Dragon, pictured here winning the Shue Fly Stakes in January, will put her undefeated record at Sunland Park on the line in Saturday's Sunburst Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Running Dragon, last year’s champion New Mexico-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horse, is one of a dozen state-bred sophomores entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park.

A homebred gray daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Zulu Dragon, Running Dragon is trained by Juan M. Gonzalez for owner By By JJ LLC of El Paso, Texas. The filly brings in a three-race win streak that includes a half-length victory in the January 15, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2), and a 1 1/2-length score in the February 19, 400-yard New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2), both at Sunland.

Running Dragon is the even-money morning-line favorite. The filly drew post 6 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

Other contenders include Daniel Nunez’s Princess Jessie Jane, a sorrel Jesse James Jr filly trained by Shae Cox. Princess Jessie Jane will be shortening in distance off of her wire-to-wire, neck victory in a January 27, 400-yard open-condition allowance for New Mexico-bred sophomore at Sunland Park.

Princess Jessie Jane drew post 10 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

The complete lineup for the Sunburst Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jess A Glance (Oscar Cordova), 8-1
First Vegas Moon (Raul Herrera), 15-1
Miss Call Me First (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 10-1
Frost Dalena (Daniel Amaya), 5-1
Eyes Gona Flash You (Jaime P. Leos), 20-1
Running Dragon (Adrian Ramos), 1-1
La Montesa (Alonso Rivera), 20-1
First Lluvia Runaway (Mauro Salcedo), 20-1
La Riena Del Sur (Jose Luis Enriquez), 15-1
Princess Jessie Jane (Esgar Ramirez), 4-1
AE-Swiss Tango (Jaime P. Leos), 20-1
AE-Dashing Aylin (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 20-1

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