Grade 3 West Texas Derby Headlines Stakes Doubleheader at Sunland Park

The 400-yard, $187,916 stakes tops the New Mexico track's Saturday program.

Eric Pineda's Everybuddys Talkin, pictured here winning the January 14 Shue Fly Stakes, will make her next start in Saturday's Sunburst Stakes, one of two American Quarter Horse stakes scheduled for Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

He Be Flashy, a graded stakes placed son of champion First Moonflash, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 400-yard, $187,916 West Texas Derby (G3) at Sunland Park.

The second-fastest qualifier, He Be Flashy is trained by John M. Cooper for owners Jack Manning, Beth Cobb, and Diane Norwood. The gelding has banked $73,615 from seven races, all in New Mexico, and his 2-year-old resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner A Passion For Flashn, in the 400-yard, $300,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.

He Be Flashy drew post 3 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.

Other contenders include Joyce D. Erickson’s Jessica Alexandra, a Grade 2-placed homebred Apollitical Jess filly trained by Donna McArthur. The runner-up to Papaws Paint in last year’s Grade 2, $202,000 Hobbs America Futurity at Zia Park, Jessica Alexandra has won three of 10 starts and has earned $62,345.

Jessica Alexandra drew the rail post and will be ridden by Bonifacio Perez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jessica Alexandra (Bonifacio Perez), 4-1
Dominate This (Emilio Tapia), 5-1
He Be Flashy (Manuel Gutierrez), 3-1
Estrella Damm (Esgar Ramirez), 6-1
Camellia (Jaime Parga Leos), 15-1
The Flash Force (Jose Luis Enriquez), 8-1
Siximoons (Adrian Ramos), 10-1
Jess Move You (Isaias Cardenas), 20-1
Cessna On Fire V (James A. Flores), 8-1
Wagon On Fire V (Raul Herrera), 6-1

Sunburst Stakes (RG3)
Also on Saturday, a dozen New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies have been entered in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3).

Eric Pineda’s Everybuddys Talkin, a graded stakes winning Gonna Ro Sham Bo filly trained by Ricardo Armendariz, drew post 8 and will be ridden by Raul Herrera. Everybuddys Talkin’s season record includes a three-quarter length victory in the January 14, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes at Sunland Park.

Two Wines, a daughter of Jesse James Jr trained by Justin Joiner for owner Doug Ruby, will be making her season debut in the Sunburst. Two Wines is coming off of a juvenile campaign during which she banked $96,234 from seven races and ran second, a neck behind winner Jess Hot, in the September 23, 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Futurity (R) at Albuquerque Downs.

Two Wines drew the rail post and will be ridden by Salvador Martinez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Two Wines (Salvador Martinez), 6-1
Cadilac Flash (Esgar Ramirez), 10-1
Flashninthefastlane (Jaime Parga Leos), 5-1
Regard The Rose (Alfredo Triana Jr.), 10-1
Masons Moon (Alonso Rivera), 6-1
Jessa Diva (Alfredo Sigala), 20-1
Frangellica (Martin Felix), 8-1
Everybuddys Talkin (Raul Herrera), 3-1
Daddys Copy (Cipriano U. Vidana), 4-1
Meleros Terror (Jose Luis Enriquez), 20-1
AE-Dolly Cartel (Daniel Amaya), 12-1
AE-Woodacoodadid (Daniel Amaya), 15-1

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