AJ Hardwood Fastest to NM Futurity

Homebred leads the New Mexico Breeders Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
May 23, 2013

John and Anna Romero’s homebred AJ Hardwood tries to prove a mild upset win in her trial was legitimate when she starts as the fastest qualifier to the New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park on Sunday afternoon.

AJ Hardwood (Hard Hitting-Lady Woodbridge by Woodbridge) was overlooked at nearly 6-1 odds in her trial, probably due to the fact that she was a non-threatening fifth-place finisher in her maiden race on April 19. She improved for trainer Fernando Carrete in her trial when she pulled away from her rivals to win the third of four trials by a half length. Her time of :17.844 was the quickest mark.

Alberto Montoya’s First Place Moonfast (First Moonflash-Go Places Fast by Fishers Dash) and Gary Thompson’s Cashmere (Chicks A Blazin-Jess Satin by Mr Jess Perry) are two of five finalists bred by Mike Abraham. He also bred Madams First Moon (First Moonflash-Madam Math by Raise A Secret), Sassy Moonflash (First Moonflash-Sass That Chick by Chicks A Blazin) and Just A Memory Chick (Chicks A Blazin-Streakin Memory by Leaving Memories).

First Place Moonfast scored his second straight win in his trial when he raced to the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.909 while winning by a neck. The Arturo Chavez-trained gelding had to work for the win after being bumped on both sides at the start and racing in tight quarters. In his previous out, he won his maiden in his second start with a length victory.

Cashmere also has three starts and was second behind AJ Hardwood as the 17-10 favorite in their trial. She gained that favoritism after a one-half-length maiden win in :17.815 for 350 yards with a tailwind.