Major Bites is Morning-Line Favorite for First Moonflash Maturity

The gelding will make his first official start since March 3 on Sunday.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Sunday's First Moonflash Maturity at Albuquerque Downs has drawn a full field of 10 New Mexico-breds.

Israel Bordier’s Major Bites,a 5-year-old son of Jesse James Jr, will make his first official start in nearly six months in Sunday’s 440-yard, $75,000 First Moonflash Maturity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Albuquerque Downs.

Major Bites will be stretching out in distance off of his wire-to-wire, half-length victory as the odds-on favorite in the 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park on March 3. The bay gelding won two of his three starts during the 2017-18  Sunland meet, including the 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Stakes (R) on January 28.

Major Bites drew post 9 and will be ridden by Juan Pulido. His nine opponents include David Bloomer’s Mamacita Cartel and Benjamin Calderon’s First Note Medley. A homebred 4-year-old daughter of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Mamacita Cartel has banked $61,140 from four outs this season, and her three wins include a neck victory in the 400-yard, $39,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park in May.

Mamacita Cartel drew post 5 and will be ridden by Edgar Martinez.

First Note Medley is coming off of a second-place finish, one length behind winner Cartels Star Daddy, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 29. The 5-year-old gray son of First Moonflash drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz for trainer Gabriel Gama.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Cinco Menudos (L. Salvador Martinez), 20-1
Gon In A Flash (Daniel Amaya), 12-1
First Note Medley (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 8-1
Comin To Your Town (Federico Martinez), 6-1
Mamacita Cartel (Edgar Martinez), 4-1
RG Miracle (Irving Delgado-Bustillos), 20-1
Dungarees Version (Alfredo Sigala), 10-1
Moon River (Alonso Rivera), 15-1
Major Bites (Juan Pulido), 6-5
Cache This Cheque (Gustavo Herrera), 20-1

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