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First Blazin Love Wins Jess Burner

Sophomore colt scores again while facing older horses at Sunland Park.

December 8, 2012

After beating horses his own age in the $208,321 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) at Zia Park in October, First Blazin Love took on a field that included several older horses and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in the $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) on Saturday at Sunland Park.

The 3-year-old colt by Chicks A Blazin dashed 400 yards in :19.071 with Jesse Levario up for trainer Paul Jones. Bred by Mike Abraham out of the First Down Dash mare Love At First Glance, First Blazin Love runs for owners Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell and Johnny Martinez. First Blazin Love also won the Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) last January at Sunland, and his record improved to 13-6-2-1 with earnings of $351,236 after this win.

Klassic Strawfly, a 6-year-old gelding running for breeder, owner and trainer Ronald Stephens, rallied to take second. Yaneth Cabrera’s Untangled Vines finished third. Miracle Snow, who came into this race off two consecutive stakes wins, finished fourth as the 3-2 favorite.