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All American Derby Qualifier: Mad About The Moon

MAD ABOUT THE MOON
Bay gelding, First Moonflash-Streaking Power by I Be Streakin 

Race Record: 10-5-4-1 $618,359
Breeder: Hughes Donaldson Horse Co.
Owners: David Valdez
Trainer: Victor Rodriguez-Flores
Qualifying jockey: Manuel Gutierrez
Qualifying time: :21.455

Race Record: Mad About The Moon last year was second in the Grade 1 All American Futurity and Southwest Juvenile Championship, and won the New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2).

The bay gelding by champion First Moonflash opened his sophomore season with a track record win in the May 31 Conquistador Stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque and came into the All American trials off a second by half a length to JM Miracle in the July 5 trials to the Rainbow Derby (G1). He won his trial by a half length over fellow qualifier Sam Crow.

Breeder: Mad About The Moon was bred by Sarah Donaldson Rioux and Larry Hughes’ Hughes Donaldson Horse Company of Deming, New Mexico. Donaldson Rioux also bred last year's All American Derby winner, Too Flash For You.

Owner: David Valdez of Odessa, Texas, purchased Mad About The Moon for $5,000 at the New Mexico Bred Yearling Sale. He also owns stakes winner One Lethal Blaze ($100,840).

Trainer: Victor Rodriguez-Flores sent out second-fastest qualifier Mad About The Moon and fourth-fastest qualifier Dynazip in the trials to the All American Derby. With Manual Gutierrez in the irons on both, Mad About The Moon clocked :21.455 in the second trial and Dynazip went :21.469 in the fourth. Rodriguez-Flores also trains All American Futurity finalist Lethal Volcom.

Jockey: Manuel Gutierrez's mounts have earned more than $1.4 million since he began riding in 2005. He also guided Undivided Atemption to win the 2015 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and Dash Master Jess to win the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) in 2014. He also rode All American Derby qualifiers Dynazip and Bringin The Gray and All American Futurity qualifier Lethal Volcom.

Pedigree: The gelding is one of 14 stakes winners, 66 other winners and the earners of more than $6.4 million in three crops raced by his sire First Moonflash, a Grade 1-winning champion earner of $969,828 who is a son of champion First To Flash and has sired champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash ($1,510,958), All American Derby winner Too Flash For You ($999,550) and champion Foxy Moonflash ($283,978). Owned by the partnership of Pierre and Leslie Amestoy, Maria Gonzalez and Mike Abraham, the 10-year-old First Moonflash stands at W.L Mooring’s Double L Farms at Bosque, New Mexico.

Mad About The Moon is one of three winners and the first of a stakes from seven starters out of the winning I Be Streakin mare Streaking Power ($12,437), a full sister to stakes winner I Be Dreamin ($79,532) and a half-sister to the graded stakes-winning Dash Ta Fame gelding Ongoing Ta Fame ($644,746).