New Mexico Classics Recap
Following is a recap of the six official New Mexico-bred American Quarter Horse stakes contested on Sunday at Zia Park in Hobbs.
New Mexico Classics Futurity (RG2)
A disqualification after a stewards' inquiry helped ninth-fastest qualifier Chicka Boom Babe score her first stakes victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $298,910 New Mexico Classics Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds.
Chicka Boom Babe crossed the wire a head behind fastest qualifier Drest For Success. However, Drest For Success was disqualified from first and placed fifth for drifting out and costing Jess Paid a better placing. Adrian Ramos rode and Wes Giles trained Chicka Boom Babe for owners Robert M. Driggers and Ben Lee Ivey.
Chicka Boom Babe stopped the timer in :17.338, and her official margin of victory was a head from Miss Baby Cartel. The filly was bred by Ivey Cattle Co., and she is out of Riverside Babe, a winning homebred daughter of champion First Moonflash.
Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Chicka Boom Babe has won four of eight starts -- including three of six at the 350-yard distance -- and she has banked $174,308. The filly was a finalist in the May 20, $254,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park, and the June 18, $341,000 Mountain Top Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
New Mexico Classics Derby (RG2)
Fastest qualifier White Lightenin broke sharply from his rail post and sped to a head victory in Sunday's $228,550 New Mexico Classics Derby (RG2) for state-bred sophomores.
Prepped by James Gonzales II for owners Denis and Julie Schoenhofer, White Lightenin covered 400 yards in :19.054 while posting a 107 speed index. Noe Garcia Jr. rode the sorrel son of Eye Am King.
White Lightenin made his local debut with a three-quarter length win in the first of four trials on November 5. The gelding was bred by Mac and Janis Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and he is out of Alice K White, a graded stakes winning daughter of First Down Dash and the sport's champion 3-year-old filly in 2009.
A $32,000 yearling buy at the 2021 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, White Lightenin is a half brother to 2015 champion sophomore filly Astica. The gelding has won four of 12 races, and the $111,990 winner's share of the purse from his first lifetime stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $286,023.
Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classics Championship (RG1)
Ronald Ulibarri's Just En King, a homebred 3-year-old Eye Am King gelding trained by Omar Vargas, won Sunday's $200,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classics Championship (RG1).
Ridden by Alfredo Sigala and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in the field of 10 New Mexico-breds, Just En King went 440 yards in :21.314, and his margin of victory was a neck from 17-10 Big Crush BB. The sorrel gelding earned a 109 speed index and the $115,200 winner's share of the purse from his first career stakes win.
Just En King was coming off of a one-length victory in a 440-yard, $67,000 non-winners-of-three allowance for state-breds on November 5. The gelding is out of U R A Fury Lady, a homebred Furyofthewind mare who won the 2010 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque Downs.
Just En King was winning for the fourth time in 11 races and increasing his bankroll to $257,473, of which $249,727 has been pocketed from seven outs this year.
New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1)
Sent to post at odds of 24-1 in a field of nine state-bred distaffers, Neale Edwards' Milagro Miss sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $200,000 New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG1).
Milagro Miss tripped the electronic timer in :19.184 while posting a 104 speed index and her first career stakes win. Manuel Gutierrez rode the homebred sophomore daughter of the Favorite Cartel stallion Rite Favorite for trainer Lonnie Vaughn.
Milagro Miss returned a $50 win mutuel. The sorrel filly is out of Ping Pong Patty, a homebred winning and stakes-placed 13-year-old Jesse James Jr mare. Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Milagro Miss has won four of 16 races, and the $116,400 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $199,865, of which $173,240 has been banked from 10 outs this year.
EBW Dancnthemoonlite, the 5-2 favorite, finished third, a head behind runner-up Brookes Legacy.
New Mexico Classics Juvenile Stakes (R)
A $50,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, CHR Racing's Jess Have One More paid dividends with his victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $50,000 New Mexico Classics Juvenile Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.
Jess Have One More defeated Royal Post by a head in :17.150. Luis Martinez rode the Jesse James Jr gelding for trainer Jesus Rondan Jr.
Jess Have One More returned a $4.40 win mutuel as the 6-5 favorite in the field of nine. The gelding was bred by MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico, and he is out of Wish You Had One To, a winning and multiple graded stakes placed Stel Corona mare.
Jess Have One More was winning for the third time in 10 races, and the $30,000 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score bumped his bankroll to $130,916. The gelding's resume includes a third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Jetting Thru Clouds, in the May 20, $254,000 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park.
New Mexico Classics 870 Championship (RG3)
Freedom Flash rallied to win Sunday's $150,000 New Mexico Classics 870 Championship (RG3) for state-bred Quarter Horses.
Trained by Todd Fincher for owners Pierre Amestoy Jr., Leslie Amestoy, and Roger K. Beasley, Freedom Flash covered 870 yards in :44.504, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from First Apollo Moon. Alfredo Sigala rode the homebred 7-year-old son of 2009 champion aged stallion First Moonflash.
Freedom Flash earned a 107 speed index while banking the $88,200 winner's share of the purse from his fourth career stakes score. The gelding has won eight of his 34 races and has earned $532,727, and his four wins in 12 outs at Zia Park include the 2019 New Mexico Classics Derby (RG2) and last year's New Mexico Classics 870 Championship (RG3).
Classy Moon, the 7-10 favorite in the field of eight, finished last.
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