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ABQ Stakes Run True to Form

Express In, Downwiththequickness take state-bred stakes.

September 21, 2013

New Mexico-breds had the spotlight on Saturday at The Downs at Albuquerque with a pair of state-bred futurities, and the first three betting choices comprised the trifecta in each race.

In the $62,067 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3), 7-2 second choice Express In defeated 9-2 third choice AJ Hardwood and 2-1 favorite Felicias Prettylucky. With Cody Jensen up for trainer Kristopher Cordova and owner Cordova Racing LLC, Express In prevailed by a length and traveled 400 yards in :19.964 into a 10 mph headwind.

The filly by Southern Corona had finished second in a Zia Futurity (RG1) trial at Ruidoso Downs but did not qualify to the final and then finished a close third in her Senorita futurity. Her maiden-breaking win the final was worth $31,034 to be added to her previous bankroll of $1,890. Leonard Blach bred Express In out of the stakes-placed Meter Me Gone mare Metered Express.

Anna and John Romero’s AJ Hardwood, a daughter of Hard Hitting, had an early lead and held on for second. Mary Ann Lujan’s homebred Corona Caliente filly Felicias Prettylucky, the fastest qualifier, crossed the wire third.

In the $76,452 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3), fastest qualifier Downwiththequickness drew clear to a 1 ¼-length victory as the 7-2 third choice in the wagering. Second choice Sassy Moonflash finished second with favored Threedeewoodee in third.

Ridden by Alonso Rivera for breeder, owner and trainer Terry Smith, Downwiththequickness picked up his third straight and richest career victory. The gelding by the Royal Quick Dash stallion Be Real Quick only hit the board once in his first three starts but is now unbeaten since early August when he broke his maiden against state-breds at Albuquerque. He returned to the winner’s circle in the Senor trials and put up the fastest qualifying time. Downwiththequickness has now earned $48,681 in six career starts.

Luis Villanueva’s Sassy Moonflash, by First Moonflash, earned second-place money. Gary Thompson’s Woodbridge gelding Threedeewoodee, already twice placed against stakes foes, finished a game third.