Stage Set for $2-Million New Mexico Cup

Four Quarter Horse stakes are featured on Sunday's 12-race program at Zia Park

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Israel Bordier's Major Bites, pictured here winning this year's First Moonflash Maturity at Albuquerque Downs, will make his next start in Sunday's Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Quarter Horse Championship at Zia Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park.

Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

Of the 132 horses entered in the New Mexico Cup races, 90 are Thoroughbreds and 42 are Quarter Horses.

Following is a preview of all four Quarter Horse stakes. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (MST).

RACE 1 -- Post time, 11:30
NEW MEXICO CUP 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $140,000-guaranteed -- 870 yards
D E Wagons Strawfly, a 9-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding owned and trained by Tony Sedillo, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in this race.

D E Wagons Strawfly has won 13 of 52 races, including 12 of 43 at the 870 distance, and he has earned $519,813 while racing exclusively in New Mexico. The gelding is coming off of a wire-to-wire, 5 1/2-length victory in an 870-yard race for $10,000 claimers at Zia Park on October 6.

D E Wagons Strawfly drew post 8 and will be ridden by Frank Reyes. His seven opponents include Regards Miracle, a 4-year-old Chicks Regard gelding trained by Mike Joiner for owners Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing, Scott Bryant, and Lee Lewis. Regards Miracle will be facing New Mexico-breds again off of his fifth-place finish in the 870-yard, $50,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3) at Zia Park on October 6.

Regards Miracle drew the rail post and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Regards Miracle (Esgar Ramirez), 3-1
Dark Brook (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1
Tag Yur It (Shane Laviolette), 10-1
How Bout Dat (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1
Amsterdams Big Daddy (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 7-2
Desierto Famoso (Raul Herrera), 4-1
DM Nate Dog (Lucas Constantin), 12-1
D E Wagons Strawfly (Frank Reyes), 5-2
AE-Super Quintons (Enrique Gomez), 20-1
AE-Oraale (Frank Reyes), 8-1

RACE 2 -- Post time, 11:57
NAMEHIMASTREAKER NEW MEXICO CUP QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
3-year-olds & older
Purse, $170,000-guaranteed -- 440 yards
Major Bites, a 5-year-old son of Jesse James Jr trained by Jesus Carrete for owner Israel Bordier, will return against New Mexico-bred company in this race.

Major Bites is coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind two-time reigning AQHA world champion Jessies First Down, in the 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) at Albuquerque Downs on September 23. He has earned $441,992 from 24 starts, and his four career stakes wins include a half-length victory in this race last year.

Major Bites drew post 10 and will be ridden by Jose A. Alvarez.

Trainer Blane Wood will send out Percyjones, a 4-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding, for owners Terry and Irene Stennett. Percyjones has made only two starts this year, but the graded stakes winner ended his 3-year-old campaign with a third-place finish, one length behind winner Apollitical Chad, in the 440-yard, $384,000 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Percyjones drew post 3 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Magnifico Dragon (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1
Marcus Medallion (Esgar Ramirez), 15-1
Percyjones (Ricky Ramirez), 9-2
Mamacita Cartel (Edgar Martinez), 5-1
A Passion For Flashn (Jesse Levario), 20-1
Cartels Star Daddy (Raul Herrera), 6-1
You Can Do It Regard (Daniel Amaya), 10-1
Play Misty Foreme (Alonso Rivera), 10-1
Gon In A Flash (Alan Hernandez0, 30-1
Major Bites (Jose A. Alvarez), 9-5
AE-Swiss White Wine (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 15-1
AE-Mr Klee (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 8-1

RACE 11 -- Post time, 4:00
NEW MEXICO CUP DERBY (RG2)
3-year-olds
Purse, $210,000-est. -- 440 yards
Regard The Rose and Hollywoodcrown, the winner and runner-up, respectively, of the September 23, $134,000 New Mexico State Fair Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs, are two of 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered back in this race.

Trained by Alfredo Triana Sr. for owner Mason A. King, Regard The Rose has earned $75,931 from seven races this season. The brown daughter of Chicks Regard drew the rail post and will be ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr.

Hollywoodcrown is a homebred brown daughter of Heza Motor Scooter owned and trained by Fred Danley. The filly has banked $55,707 from seven outs this year.

Hollywoodcrown drew post 9 and will be ridden by Porfirio Cano.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Regard The Rose (Alfredo Triana Jr.), 9-2
Flashy Tres (Esgar Ramirez), 12-1
Siximoons (Adrian Ramos), 8-1
Rime Chimes (Daniel Amaya), 12-1
Jesse Lane (Alonso Rivera), 5-2
Ginuwine Buzz (Joseph Belloc Jr.), 15-1
Miles Of Flash (Alfredo Sigala), 8-1
Avallon (Tanner Thedford), 20-1
Hollywoodcrown (Porfirio Cano), 7-2
Nolans Theory (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 10-1

RACE 12 -- Post time, 4:27
NEW MEXICO CUP FUTURITY (RG2)
2-year-olds
Purse, $300,000-est. -- 400 yards
The final New Mexico Cup race of the day has drawn a full field of 10 state-bred 2-year-old Quarter Horses, led by morning-line favorite Zee James.

A homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr owned by Robert M. Driggers and Ben Lee Ivey, Zee James has won her last two starts, including a 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trial at Ruidoso Downs on August 18. The filly has earned $220,874 from seven starts, and her five wins include a neck victory as the fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite in the 300-yard, $396,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park in April.

Zee James drew post 6 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Wes Giles.

Giles will also send out Saul, a homebred gray son of Sign To Be A Runaway racing for Jill B. Giles, Megan Hourigan, and Cory Taylor. Saul has won all three of his outs, including the 350-yard, $121,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park in May, and he has banked $63,306.

Saul drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose A. Alvarez.
 
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Flo Jos Mojo (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 12-1
U Got The Look (Tanner Thedford), 12-1
Wood Be A Superstar (Ricky Ramirez), 6-1
Tooflashyforyou (Esgar Ramirez), 10-1
Saul (Jose A. Alvarez), 6-1
Zee James (Adrian Ramos), 5-2
Igotmybiggirljeanson (Daniel Amaya), 8-1
Hs Paul Walker (Alonso Rivera), 8-1
Easy Over The Moon (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 15-1
Woodys Copy Cat (Manuel Gutierrez), 5-1

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